BMW E46 Fuse box

Years of production: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006


The German brand’s grizzled sports car has managed to hold the position of one of the best sports cars to bring you out of Bravia. A little number of cars in the market has been able to arouse emotions and demand among the buyers even after 10-12 years after hitting the market. BMW 3 Series, specifically the E46 undoubtedly tops the list. Yes, in comparison to today's cars, the older "three" seems subdued, stable, and impressive. However, before buying it is worth to know its greatest advantages, pay attention to the defects and finally choose a model that will meet all our requirements.


The BMW E46 fuse box is located in the glove compartment. You can find two white knobs located at the bottom left and right. You just need to twist them and the fuse box could be unlocked. The best part is, to change a fuse, you don't require any special tool. The red clip located at the middle of the fuse box is an inbuilt tool of this car that helps you to open up the fuse box without any extra effort.

Many older BMW models, including the E46 series, have had problems with the engine cooling system. The most common problem, apart from the failure of the water pump or thermostat, is the failure of the Visco coupling, responsible for starting the radiator fan.

The cost of this part starts from around $79-$80 and they’re easily available for a replacement in any authorized service center. It is worth paying attention to because the faulty cooling leads to overheating of the unit and cracking of the heads.

If we notice "swollen" cooling system hoses, it is also better to opt out of the purchase. Another common fault in E46 is the loud operation of the silencer. However, it’s never a serious defect that effectively spoils the fun of driving. This shortcoming can be removed very easily – you can simply replace this part.


Before we go hunting and start searching for automotive services, it is worth answering the question of what we are really looking for. If you are looking for an economical car that will not ruin our portfolio at the first tanking, let's not be deceived by appearances and watch sales person’s offers very vigilantly.


The BMW 3 Series E46 is a great car that offers a wonderful user experience. It is worth choosing a version produced after 2001. They are actually more efficient and free from "children's defects" of the initial E46 series.


The BMW E46 model in the autumn of 2001 underwent a lightweight facelift, and the range of engines was also refreshed. So if we want to buy a slightly newer and honestly, nicer model, look for versions with newer lights. How to meet them? Well, the first models produced before 2001 had front lights with orange direction indicators and the bottom line ran parallel to the bumper line. After 2001, new headlamps were used with a slightly slimmer line, with transparent turn signals directed slightly upwards. This is indeed a small accent, but it plays a significant role in enhancing the appearance of the entire car. Also, the BMW E46 fuse box location is another reason to buy this extraordinary car. So, get one and enjoy the real essence of sports driving.


BMW E46 Fuse box location



316i/316ci, 318i/318ci, 320i/320ci, 323i/323ci, 325i/325ci (EU + US), 328i/328ci, 330i/330ci (EU + US), M3 (EU + US), M3 CSS


318d, 320d/320Cd, 330d/330Cd

Fuse box location

You will find the fuses and information on their respective allocation in the glove compartment behind a panel with two snap clips.

Diagram German

BMW E46 Fuse box diagram german Diagram for fuses BMW E46 (German)

Diagram in english

BMW E46 Fuse box diagram in english

Diagram in english

EquipmentFuse No.
ABS,ASC12, 33, 42, 53, 56
Adjustment driver seat65
Adjustment passenger seat70
Air conditioner28, 62, 63
Automatic gearbox diesel64
Blower28, 50
Brake light9
Central locking system49, 52, 60
Central locking system (only touring)49, 52, 58, 60
Cigarette lighter47
Cigarette lighter (Australia)26,47
DSC12, 33, 40, 42, 53, 56, 61
DSC 4-wheel drive12, 33, 35, 40, 42, 53
Electric fan37
Electric seat heating12, 42
Engine control27, 29, 39
Engine control (only M3)22, 29, 30
Folding outside mirror57
Four-cylinder diesel engine22
Front fog light38
Fuel pump54
Garage door opener26
Glove box light52
Hand lamp52
Headlight cleaning51
Heated outside mirror, passenger25
Healed rear window68
Heated rear window (only cabrio)7, 68
Heated spray nozzles25
Heater23, 28, 62
Hinged window (only coupe)71
Horn5, 55
Immobilizer14, 67
Inside mirror electrochromic24, 67
Interior light49, 52
Light module9, 32
Make-up mirror light6
Manual soft top (only cabrio)12, 42, 26
Navigation7, 41
On-board computer9
On-board Diagnose II30, 43
On-board monitor7, 41
Outside mirror31, 57
Parking aid24
Passenger comp/trunk lighting52
Power soft top (only cabrio)6, 12, 35, 42, 46
Radio7, 41
Rain sensor15
Rear wiper (only touring)15, 45
Reversing light27
Roller sun blind12, 42
Roll-over protective system (only cabrio)13
Secondary air pump36
Shifting gate illumination40
Side airbag11
Silding/tilt roof46
Speed control9
Sequential manual gearbox22, 66
Sequential transmission (only M3)8, 22
Starter interlock14
Telephone7, 39
Thiefproofing system49, 67
Trailer coupling44
Tyre pressure12, 31, 42, 69
Water valve, A/C62
Window lift front48, 49
Window lift rear71
Windscreen washer system49, 52, 59

drain battery

BMW E46 Fuse box drain battery

hello i want to know if fuse 62 Water valve, A/C can drain the battery and what is its roll ? thank you.

All BMW E46 info & diagrams provided on this site are provided for general information purpose only. Actual BMW E46 (1998-2006) diagrams & schemes (fuse box diagrams & layouts, location diagrams, wiring diagrams etc.) may vary depend on the model version.
Comments (22):

~miki 12-06-2018
Than you very much, was very useful!

~Terri G. 03-07-2018
what amp is required for the #31 outside mirror 2006 BMW 330ci E46 right mirror not working no fuse there need to know what amp to place in it

~JJ 17-08-2018
Mistake in "Engine control 27, 29, 39 ", it's 30 not 39!!

~Maxim 06-09-2018
E46 central locking station fuse keeps blowing. It is the 25amp one. I did test with a 30amp and it works fine

~mitch 06-09-2018
my power softtop won't latchs down when closing

~Richard 16-09-2018
Do you have a wiring diagram for fuse 62 2002 BMW 2.2 320si touring?

~Tj 21-11-2018
I have a 03 BMW 3series 325i, and can't figure out witch fuse controls the sun roof?

~assaf 06-12-2018
hello i want to know if fuse 62 Water valve, A/C can drain the battery and what is its roll ? thank you.

~Ben 18-01-2019
How do I replace e46 white fuse box fastener

~Alondra berumen 18-03-2019
Which fuse is the location for the locking center and for the lights inside my car

~forrest.j 15-04-2019
gas gauge and acelarator light to stay on.

~Lika 22-04-2019
Hi everyone! My lighter, inside lights, parking control, gear lights, reverse lights and windshield water do not work. All fuses are fine. Any suggestions? E-46, 1998. Was not used for 3 years

~BADMUS OMONIYI 23-06-2019
My car temperature rises and return to the mid gauge intermittently while driving. What can I do to solve this problem?

~Guillermo 01-07-2019

~Albert Gonzales 06-07-2019
Hi I have a 2005 BMW 330 ci My dashboard lights do not work when I turn my key pass the accessory mode no dashboard lights & no crank no start dashboard seems lifeless after accessory mode. Oh, before I forget my radio works tho what can it be? -Albert

~Joe 22-08-2019
Which fuse is for the gauges in dash

[email protected] 17-06-2020
I have a 2002 bmw 330ci the fuse in the fuse box under the hood kepts blowing i just got my car back from solo motor sports in ga they replaced the ecu after then i have this problem in advance i truly appreciate it

~Sari 30-06-2020
Merkezi kilit kumanda aç kapatmıyor, benzini çok yakıyor ufak ufak alıp veriyor

~Pete 16-12-2020
In the fusebox of a 1999 bow where is the fuse for the clock as my clock has gone out

~Jesi torres 04-03-2021
Hello tanks si much,I have bmw 2000 328i 46e fuse trasmissio what number is or your ubication thanks

~Joseph Robinson 18-05-2021
Is there a fuse for front headlight?

~Oumarou DICKO 14-09-2021
Comment stopper la consommation de la batterie, à parti de la boîte à fusibles quand le tableau de bord ne s'éteint pas après avoir coupé le moteur.

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