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    e30 automatic shift light bulb replacement

    Quick simple howto.

    I didn't realize that the shifter had an indicator light (P/R/N/D/etc) until I saw a listing for bulbs that included this item. You will need a 2721 1.2w bulb.

    4 simple steps:
    1. Put your fingers into the shift cover slot where the brushes are. Gently pry up.
    2. See where the bulb plugs in from below. Use a needlenose pliers to pull the bulb and wiring out.
    3. Replace the bulb
    4. Put bulb assembly back in place, reinstall shift cover.


    Pictures are here
    1988 325iC SOLD
    1985 524td 49k

    #2
    Well thats nice to know... Mine's never worked so I always kinda just assumed that maybe E30's didn't have such trinkets lol maybe if my auto sticks around a bit longer ill swap the bulbs, but in a year or so its going 5spd anyway...

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      #3
      Where does the light actually seat itself? I had this entire area apart and couldn't figure out where to attach it. Just kind of dangling underneath for now.

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        #4
        There's a little nub of plastic sticking off the shifter on the side with the letters. It has a cylinder that the bulb fits in from below, friction fit.
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          #5
          Yep, what he said. Did you look at the pictures link?
          1988 325iC SOLD
          1985 524td 49k

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            #6
            The bulb holder can disappear. Makes installing a new bulb fun.
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              #7
              Old thread but I looked deep inside the gearbox and couldnt find the bulb holder at all. Do ALL auto gearboxes come with the bulb holder?

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                #8
                Thanks for the photos.

                Just to add to this thread. I just did the switch, super easy and works beautifully. But to do the switch a little easier, just take out the 2 screws and take off the shifter indicators. It makes it way more manageable to get in and out.

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