A bad ground on the ignition switch will cause this type of problem. Bad
grounds in general can cause all kinds of weird, seemingly unrelated
problems. Have it checked out by someone who really understands BMW
Why not get it checked at the dealer? I have the same model/year and a few
weeks ago the airbag warning light came on and today I fianally got around
to taking it in. They reset the light, said I probably bumped some sensor
when cleaning the car. They charged me nothing (and even gave me an
invoice!) AND cleaned the car inside and out! Perhaps things are different
in the UK but any time I have had a problem (a few headlight bulbs and other
small problems) the dealership has been really helpful and suprisingly
cheap - the bonus here is that they treat you like royalty though I'm a
little uncomfortable with that bit. Good luck, just though I'd tell my
PS: Dealer was Brisbane BMW, Queensland, Australia and I bought the car (6
years ago) from a different dealer!
Oh yes. My E39 went in for an inspection with the bulb failure unit
indicating a rear light bulb gone. Came out of service with it still on.
Complained, and they apologised and changed it while I waited. Then
charged me 16 gbp for a 50p bulb.
In the UK, they treat you like fools - not royalty.
*Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
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