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Old 05-12-2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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No reverse lights or backup switch?

Hello all.

I've noticed that I don't have reverse lights. I checked my wiring loom from the trunk and the previous owner had done some repairs. I tested the wires with a multimeter to see if they were getting power and it looks like they are. I tested the bulbs and they're OK too.

I found the part number for the reverse light switch, went to the dealer, and bought it only to spend an hour under the car looking for it on the transmission. I have a 2000 323i. I went on realoem and can't find it in the diagrams. Does the 2000 323i even have the switch? All the posts I've read said it's a 10 min job and it's in plain sight. I traced all the wires going to the transmission but don't see it.

I'm not sure what to do now, the only thing I can think of is to check the wiring again in the trunk.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:34 AM   #2
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It should be on the driver's side, near the top, slightly behind the slave cylinder and pointing out towards the side.

It's #15 here:

That is a Getrag 5 speed manual. If you have a different transmission that won't hold true.

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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Check the wiring again...getting power is one thing...having a ground is another. See my elephant trunk thread and yank all the wires apart. Almost guaranteed that's it...I just know these things! lol
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