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      04-30-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Cigarette lighter socket- blown fuse

Not sure if this a common problem but the cigarette lighter socket stopped working a couple of weeks ago- just as I wanted to plug in the Garmin sat nav!
I took it back to the dealer and they told me that it was due to a blown fuse.
They sorted it out under the warranty. When I spoke to one of the mechanics(sorry 'Technicians' in BMW speak) he told me that it was probably due to using non OEM leads in the socket- although I have only ever used Garmin and Blackberry OEM leads.
As a precaution I asked to see where the fuse was located(it is in the glove box, there is also a fuse box in the boot). The fuse layout diagram is strangely located in the fuse box in the boot. I was also shown that the diagram for the glove box fuses, it is shown upside down so the piece of paper has to be inverted !!
There are no spare fuses in either fuse box- now heading off to dealer to buy a spare.
Yes there is a separate socket in the boot(and this works off a separate circuit-I checked) but the satnav leads do not stretch that far.
Has anybody else had similar problems with the fuse blowing ?
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      04-30-2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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Never had a problem I use samsung leads with a non-oem connector and also run a fridge off the one in the boot, maybe you were just unlucky.
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i picked up a used 2011 in March, the front acc. port fuse was blown also. it was replaced under warranty.. the tech listed the problm as "excessive current caused fuse failure"....duh!
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Um yeah it seems to be a major broken though. We had the front cigarette lighter fuse blow on us, the one just below the cup holders. However ours happened when some keys dropped inside the cigarette lighter and saw some sparks. After that nothing worked.

Dealer fixed it, said it was probably from us using an iphone charger they saw in the middle compartment. HOWEVER, they said it like as if they told a lot of people already, so a common problem. They said to use the acc charger in the middle arm rest.
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I dropped a grape into the power socket. In getting it out, the juice shorted the fuse. Thanks to this forum I found fuse 54 blown. It is located well behind the glove box. there is an access door to the far right. You will need a long, long set of needle nose pliers and look on the web for key to what fuse positions are by number. Not easy but not real hard to change. One would think that there would be a more convenient place to put it!
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      10-11-2014, 08:52 PM   #6
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I once dropped a dime into mine, blowing the fuse. The dealer replaced it under warranty...
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Mine was blown too, very fiddly to replace the fuse but the info below helped, it is normally fuse No 74 that is blown

The X3 has (2) fuse blocks:

Fuse Block #1 is behind the glove box and is accessed through the removable panel at the far right at the back of the open glove box. The fuses are (5) or (6) inches behind the back of the glove box and will probably take someone with a very thin wrist or better yet, a surgical forceps or very long nose pliers to change. This fuse block houses fuses Nos. 1 through No. 67.

Fuse Block No. 2 is housed in the right rear bumper. To access it you must remove the small right rear storage cover (pull firmly on the black hand hold). Then you must remove the plastic "push rivet" at the rear of the insulation cover. Pry the center pin out with a screwdriver or small knife, and then completely remove the plastic "rivet". Then simply roll the insulation cover forward and you will find the fuse block.
Fuse block No. 2 houses fuses Nos. 100 to No. 204.

The sheet listing the fuse locations for BOTH fuse blocks is folded and stored in a slot at the bottom of the fuse block (No. 2).

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I was commenting yesterday about the poor placement of one of the outlets. Right there by the cup holders. If used, seems destined for a small spill to short it out. Or, as mentioned, coins. I just keep the cap on it, and use the others.
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