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Old 02-27-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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Location: Margaret River, Western Australia
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My Ride: 2002 320ci
2002 320ci cruise control


newby to this (bloody good) forum, but have already spent a few weeks doing searches re my 2 problem areas for my new (to me) '02 320ci. Has only 70,000km only on the clock and is basically in tip top nick.


Steering slight wandering/tram lining tendency in side winds now identified as the (expected) front control arm bushes.

But I still have a cruise control problem which searching this forum, and going to an auto electrician hasn't resolved for me, and which a couple of Beemer specialists I've phoned have said "never heard anything like it in me loife". Translation; "Bring it in so we can spend a couple of days/weeks looking for fault codes, then charge you a spare kidney for doing so".

Symptoms; Turn on ignition, press CC set button (I/0) and on comes the green indicator. Start the motor and it disappears, never to return till you switch off and go through the same routine. Cannot get light to appear when engine is running (or CC to engage even without the light being on when driving, and yes, I know you have to be going over 30kph).

My symptoms don't seem to match what other people have described on here, in which it seems that the CC is not there at all (and no indicator light) or it goes off with braking or clutch use (but mine's an auto) then refuses to come back again. Solutions I've so far seen are MAF problem (did need a clean which helped occasional reluctant cold starting, but didn't fix CC), brake light switch problem (nope, light goes off on starting, not braking), not pushing buttons correctly or hard enough (nope), problems with steering wheel switches/relays (but the light DOES actually work and all other controls work fine).

Anyone who can save me the expense of going to a dealer and letting them loose on my cheque book will be endowed with much karma.
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