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J.Mcilmoyle 10-08-2009 03:27 PM

power winder and sunroof quit working
hey guys i have a 87 325e 2 door and when i got the car the power windows never work and the sun roof just quit working stuck open if any one has any ideas oh how to fix or even close the sun roof thanks for any that can help

dmytro 10-08-2009 04:28 PM

Did you checked fuse box?

e30jones 10-08-2009 05:45 PM

Does the motor try and work, but can't; or is it totally dead. Power sunroof can be closed manually with an allen key by popping off the cover (rectangular) and cranking it shut manually. That is, unless the reason it stopped working is becuase the cables broke, or the cables are out of synch, causing it to bind. Then you're SOL. You'll have to take the panel off to fix.

Ceeker 10-08-2009 10:08 PM

Always check the obvious first. Go to the weakest link- as said above - fuses.
Then work your way from there - motor's sometimes go weak and pack in .. this was and is a common problem with e30's. also check the microswitch for the motor. they get wonky too.

J.Mcilmoyle 10-09-2009 10:47 AM

thanks guy i got the sunroof closed. but the windows dont even try to close. but i think iv check everything for the door windows but i cant get power to the switch. thanks for the help

craz azn 10-09-2009 11:38 AM

Make sure you have the interior breaker switch clicked in for the windows. That would kill power to them.

J.Mcilmoyle 10-09-2009 12:30 PM

and thats the switch up on the dash next to the four ways right

craz azn 10-09-2009 12:56 PM


J.Mcilmoyle 10-09-2009 04:50 PM

ya i played with that and still nothing

Denny 01-08-2010 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by J.Mcilmoyle (Post 1353754)
ya i played with that and still nothing

have you been able to resolve this? I got the same problem.

Anybody have a diagram of the fuse box which fuses are what..sorry for my newb question just got the car few days ago.

Ceeker 01-08-2010 03:43 PM

look in your owners manual. it will be in there. first check fuses, if good then check your switches. Also check the breaker switch to make sure it didn't close the circuit upon it malfunctioning. if it still no luck then test for continuity from switch to window motors.

You can also try banging the door panels. sometimes the motor connection shorts.

nonlocal 01-08-2010 03:53 PM


Originally Posted by Denny (Post 1379974)
have you been able to resolve this? I got the same problem.

Anybody have a diagram of the fuse box which fuses are what..sorry for my newb question just got the car few days ago.

Maybe you, like me, don't have an owners manual... this might be helpful:

Google returns a bunch of stuff on my search for "e30 fuse diagram." But you already tried that, right? :P

nonlocal 01-08-2010 03:56 PM

Might as well just have it in this thread:

# Rating Description
1 7.5 A Headlight, left high beam
2 7.5 A Headlight, right high beam
3 15 A Aux. cooling fan, low speed
4 15 A Turn signals
Emergency flasher
Active Check control
Digital Clock
5 30 A Windshield wiper and washer
6 7.5 A Stop lights
Cruise control
Active check control
Interior lights
7 15 A Horn
8 30 A Rear defogger
9 15 A Fuel delivery
Idle speed control
10 7.5 A Seat belt warning system
Service interval indicator
Tachometer / fuel economy gauge
Instrument gauges and indicators
Brake warning system
Back-up lights
Fuel delivery
Idle speed
Active check control
Stop lights and cruise control
11 7.5 A Fuel pump
12 7.5 A Radio power
Speedometer / instrument indicators
Multifunction Clock
13 7.5 A Left Low Beam
14 7.5 A Right Low Beam
15 (Not used) jg
16 15 A Heated Seats
17 30 A Power sunroof
Power windows
18 30 A Aux. cooling fan, high speed
19 7.5 A Aux. cooling fan
Interior lights
Power mirrors
20 30 A Heater / Air conditioner
Auxiliary Radiator cooling fan
21 7.5 A Glovebox light
Ignition Key / Seat Belt warning
Interior Lights
Radio Memory
Trunk Light
Active Check Control
Service Interval Indicator
Fuel delivery Tachometer / Fuel Economy Gauge
Digital Clock
Multi Function Clock
22 7.5 A Active Check Control
Front Parking Lights
Front Side Marker Lights
23 7.5 A Instrument Panel Lights
Front Parking Lights
Rear Side Marker / License Plate Lights
Active Check Control
Rear Defogger
Multi-Function Clock
24 15 A Turn Signals
Emergency Flasher
25 (Not used)
26 (Not used)
27 30 A Interior Lights
Central Locking
Radio Amplifier
28 30 A Lighter
Power Antenna
29 7.5 A Left fog light
30 7.5 A Right fog light

richie_s999 01-09-2010 01:29 AM

where is the fuze box though???

nonlocal 01-09-2010 02:28 AM

Should be right under the cap marked 'ATF Only'...

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