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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Peroxide;13465660 
Does the cigarette lighter heat up when you push it in? You have a front and rear lighter in the car as well and you haven't said anything about trying both?

Troubleshoot before asking questions in my opinion.

There's just a socket no lighter
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post #12 of 21
There are usually 2 "cigarette lighter" sockets in a car. Look for the other one. It could be located in the back (trunk), or in the front, possibly near the steering wheel area, maybe under it. Investigate your vehicle with a flashlight, otherwise you will have to change that one socket like the others said. Good luck!
Edited by Stealth2o - 5/11/11 at 8:36am
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post #13 of 21
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The cigarette lighter is rated for 12V up to 200W for powering other devices, the only other source of power is for a recharge able flash light in the glove box according to the manual... Should I just go somewhere and try a different adapter, or find someone who know about this to look at it? (Also rewiring the car is out of the question)
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post #14 of 21
You cant use CL sockets as power adapters in BMW's our 530D doesnt let you either, you have to use the one at the back of the center console or the boot.
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I have a 1991 BMW 525i.... I can't get any cigarette lighter power adapters to fit in it's cigarette lighter.
We had a Mercedes S-class come in that had the same issue. The "hole" was just a little bigger than the standard ones you see now. I think a DIY hard wire is what you are going to have to do.
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post #16 of 21
Check for another outlet as other have said. Check the back seat middle console and inside the driver center console.
If not there are aftermarket universal ones available to buy and they are pretty simple to figure out how to install.
If you don't want to do any mods you could always get yourself a jump start box with that outlet in it.
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post #17 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Win 
There's just a socket no lighter

Try plugging something into the second socket?!
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The cigarette lighter is rated for 12V up to 200W for powering other devices, the only other source of power is for a recharge able flash light in the glove box according to the manual... Should I just go somewhere and try a different adapter, or find someone who know about this to look at it? (Also rewiring the car is out of the question)

If you don't want to learn anything, then go buy some more adapters and don't look for the problem. If those adapters don't work, take it to a mechanic and pay through the nose for a bunch of other work that's not necessary.

Learning something new would probably be the quickest, easier and cheapest way, but oh well!

I guess last ditch effort would be get a BMW aux adapter for the plug in the glove box. Although there's no reason any of the other ones shouldn't be working.
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post #18 of 21
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Try plugging something into the second socket?!



If you don't want to learn anything, then go buy some more adapters and don't look for the problem. If those adapters don't work, take it to a mechanic and pay through the nose for a bunch of other work that's not necessary.

Learning something new would probably be the quickest, easier and cheapest way, but oh well!

I have yet to find this second plug, I think that if it ever existed it was removed when the third-party blue tooth system was added. I could install a new receiver if I wanted to, I have the skills needed, but my mom actually owns the car (I am still in college) and there is no way that I am pulling apart the dash to replace the cigarette lighter (which is in the ash tray making it that much harder). Also I was taking about finding some who could look at it and go you need this kind of adapter, okay...
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http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/e36/8971-cigarette-lighter-outlet.html

this guy had a similar problem and guess what, NO SOLUTIONS!! >frown.gif
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Wow it came with an ashtray?Must have been an option.
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