E46 Dashboard lights won't go out


Asked by Feb 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM about the 1999 BMW 3 Series 323i Sedan RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello, I have a 1999 323i. The car is 15 years old with 160,000 miles. The car runs good but the only problem is that the lights on the dashboard won't go off (check engine, ABS, etc). I took it to 2 mechanics which both said the vehicle computer needs to be replaced. They also said the relay for the heating unit needs to be replaced too. I was wondering if the car is worth fixing or should I sell it. I don't know anything about car repairs except for basic maintenance. Please advise. Thanks

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Take your BMW to a service facility that specializes in imports. The problems you are experiencing could be minor. Like, for example, a bad gas cap or faulty oxygen sensor can easily turn on the check engine light. A faulty or dirty speed sensor can turn on the ABS light. Or there could be costly repairs lurking behind those lights. An import repair facility will know best. My Nephew learned that lesson the hard way with his '98 528i. HTH. - Jim


The first thing is to get your codes read by an bmw capable equipment. This lights mean there is a problem there but the

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Heater unit is another thing. Nothing to do with abs or any drivetrain issues. Read the codes and if you want post them here. Some of this vehicles damage the cluster because of moisture and in a junker you could buy maybe for 150 or so or some sensor cheaper. So read the codes first

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