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Replacing the resistor fixed blower fan issues with my'02 e46 3 series. Amazon's fit guides does not indicate that this is the correct part for e46 BMW, but after research on numerous different websites that only bmw parts, they all list the same part number. Amazon price is better and with better shipping/return policy. Installed back in Aug and blower fan has been working great for 6+months. Is slightly different design than original, but fits w/o issues and exact match for electrical connector. I think that even OEM BMW parts have updated design due to high failure rate.
Apparently very common issue on bmw e46 3-series is that the FSU resistor will go out eventually. Of course, mine decided to go in August in TX. (no A/C gets unpleasant that time of year). This resistor is part of the control for adjusting blower fan speeds. From reading forums, seems like with the resistor is going bad there can be several symptoms from pulsating fan speed to just not working...
3 series owners...not ideal. will fit but a little too long. amazone has these listed as the same part as yours, it's not. it's made for a 5 series. If you're okay with it not fitting perfectly and leaving out a bolt or two sure.
If you do any reading online about this part, you'll find that it is a common failure item on E39 and E56 BMWs from 1998-2005. Symptoms include the fan motor not working at all or only intermittently. Occasionally the fan motor will only work on full blast or at one speed regardless of the setting. Often this is misdiagnosed by the mechanic or dealership as a failed fan motor initially, and only after spending 600-800 of your dollars will they realize this is actually the culprit. The sole purpose of this part is to adjust the speed of the cabin air blower fan as determined by the digital climate control system. Replacing this part takes 10-15 minutes and a phillips screwdriver to remove one fascia screw. It is plug and play and requires no mechanical knowledge to perform. Numerous how-to guides exist on the internet that succinctly explain the process.
This is essentially a genuine part built by a BMW supplier in their Chinese factory. This fits E39 and some E53 models and...
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