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It does fit sedans!

AND, it does NOT come stock in European bimmers! I've never seen this thing anywhere before here in Europe!

I'll make a pic when I go to the body shop today!
I've never seen one without them.. I never knew American cars didn't come with them. It's kind of seems like BMW was so pissed off they had to make LHD cars for American markets, they decided to take out every half interesting feature the E46 came with to spite them.
 

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I've never seen one without them.. I never knew American cars didn't come with them. It's kind of seems like BMW was so pissed off they had to make LHD cars for American markets, they decided to take out every half interesting feature the E46 came with to spite them.

You do know that Germany uses LHD cars (they drive on the "right" side).

If anything, they would be "pissed" about making RHD versions.
 

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You do know that Germany uses LHD cars (they drive on the "right" side).

If anything, they would be "pissed" about making RHD versions.
+1!

No, seriously, I'm a member of many E46 forums here in Europe (2 in Belgium, 1 in The Netherlands, 1 in the UK and 2 in Germany) and have gotten nothing but good responses on these lighters. And there are VERY FEW people who have these. I think they look awsome!
 

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the one thats on the car doesnt work on mine! you press on it but it doesnt hold, it gets some heat but not fully heated. its supposed to kick back when its hot enough. Any one had this problem . (sorry to thread jack!)
 

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I bought an OEM set to add to the center console from the dealership. This part costs 40$ and blends perfectly with the interior.

Here are the pics of my setup:





Hey, where does this wire into? Is there a spare plug, or do you need another piece of wiring?
 

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Hello!I recently bought this part.

Altough it has two plugs that require extra harness. Does anyone know if this harness has a part number?

Thank you!

 

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there is no separate harness for sale from BMW. You can buy the connectors from BMW though. I made the harness myself, it connects to the sigarette lighter in front.
 

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there is no separate harness for sale from BMW. You can buy the connectors from BMW though. I made the harness myself, it connects to the sigarette lighter in front.
That's very useful! Do you have the part numbers or how can I find them?

Thanks!:woot:
 

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Was looking for the same info. ccuadio1 pointed me to this thread. Will post what I find.

OEM dual power outlet accessory. part numbers posted almost 4 years ago
black: 51 16 8 269 444
gray: 51 16 8 269 445
beige:51 16 8 269 446

It's still available at dealer, and at ECS. but it's close to $90 now !! shipped from Germany so can take time if you're not local.

Here's the realoem diagram for the part btw


And here's a pic from ECS showing the back of the part, upside down.
 

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yeah it's cake. + ground and light actually. I'm an OEM obsessed dude though. Prefer the connectors as I don't like cutting into OEM harnesses.
 

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what would be awesome is to have someone that got this from the factory to take pics of the harness..

I PMd CTD. Hopefully he/she will reply with info about the connector.
 

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Outlet connector part number

That's very useful! Do you have the part numbers or how can I find them?

Thanks!:woot:
Hi,

Someone asked me the same thing a while back but my dealership wasn't able to pull up my order from when I bought it. I have also checked the connector itsself but it hasn't got a serial number or part number on it at all.

I'm sorry I can't help you further.

Kind regards,

Tom
 

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Tracking down the matching connector for the e46 power adapter module

Heard back from CTD. Dealer couldn't find his order info.
I took one of my connectors out and was able to find a BMW part number for the pin/male side of the plug. Looks like it's manufactured by Tyco. should be able to find the matching socket+bushings now



tyco 2-828819
BMW 1 378 113-01
(missing the first 2 number pairs)

SEARCHING USING THE TYCO PART NUMBER

trying the tyco part number, Looks like a "Tyco / AMP" connector, BMW specific ("restricted use"). more info from te.com (tyco electronics) here including an engineering schematic from BMW for a 4 pin version.

SEARCHING USING THE BMW PART NUMBER

with some google work, looks like it's "61-13-1-378-113 Pin terminal, 3 POL. WEISS" so now we need to find the matching socket.

The same part was used in the E9X cars, which have a rear lighter outlet built into the console (see part 4). It's also used for the lighter on the front console. This is still the wrong side of the plug though :-( and you end up in the same place - the receiving socket is part of the smoker package S441A or storage package S493A. I have S441A on my E46 M3, but don't remember seeing this connector in the rear of the console. Will have to take another look.

The part description and part number in realoem for the pins on the assy
Circular contact 2.5
0,5-1,5MM²
61131376191

matching bushings by searching on that pin part number gives the pic below (click on it to go to realoem)
looks like any of the part numbers named "receptacle" there will work.


61131376202

61130007449


UPDATE: took a while but I found 3 part numbers for the housing.

61-13-8-352-304
61-13-1-378-114
61-13-1-378-115

realoem vehicle cross reference for the 1st number

Looks like the PDC uses this, and the E46 glovebox flashlight receptacle

check out part 15 here

damn thing costs $15 each!! insane. proprietary BMW design, used on cars, motorcycles...

UPDATE: SEE NEXT POST FOR MUCH CHEAPER SOLUTION. REQUIRES MINOR MOD TO 61-13-1-378-114 HOUSING. SOMEONE SHOULD CHECK 61-13-1-378-115 TOO. IT'S ALSO MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE



and the matching connector from the adapter module for comparison


So if you want this to be *absolutely* plug and play you also need to work the other end of your harness:

- replicate the lighter receptacle on your harness so that it accepts the car harness
- tee off a replacement connector for the front lighter

If you decide to connect to the front lighter, it's just a couple of spade connectors on the front lighter, so pretty easy to find standard connector parts that will work fine.

Two things to keep in mind
- front lighter is not switched - it's hot all the time. may be better to tap a switched wire depending on how you want to use these rear outlets. you will drain your battery with a bunch of stuff plugged in..

- don't try plugging in a bunch of stuff to all these outlets as they're all being fed off the front lighter and fuse. If you're a real bad @ss I suppose you could upgrade the lighter wire back to whatever fuse and relay is serving it :)
 
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