As far as I can tell:
it's a light
it doesn't light up (neither side)
Are they actually lights, and what would it take to have them light
up? Or are they something else?
Victoria, BC Canada
My '92 5 Touring has four lights with three-position switches built
into them. Three of them in the front (two map reading lights and a
central light) and one in the rear (cargo area light).
My 5 Series manual tells me that the rear map reading lights have
switches. That may be true for the sedan, but for the Touring, there
are no switches that I could find, nor does the supplemental Touring
manual cover them.
I ended up pulling the light assemblies out of the ceiling and looking
them over. Apparently, there is nothing wrong with the bulbs--new bulbs
from an auto parts shop did not illuminate. I'll talk to the repair
shop when I take the car in for service, but I'm open to more
suggestions. I find it a little odd that both lights are not
functioning, but of course, the car is 14 years old, and the previous
owners may not have been carrying rear seat passengers. They may not
have been working for years.
In a 7, the light has a switch. Depending on the model, when it is off and
the centre light is on then it may come on when the door opens. If it is on
and the centre light is one then it will come on when the door opens. If it
is on and the ignition is on then it will come on as a reading light for the
rear passenger. Later models have separate bulbs.
In the touring it may be illumination for the rear, in which case expect it
to come on when the tailgate is open.
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