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    When the windows are iced up, I'd prefer that they don't try to drop open those few mm when I open the door. They have ice in Germany, so did BMW think to provide an inhibit switch or something so I can opt out of burning-out the mechanism?
     
     

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    De-Icer

    On a serious note my 1992 had the switch on the door handle so nothing you can do there but my 1995 loom uses a switch that is positioned on the door pillar which could be disconnected by removing the rear door card to gain access

    Please be advised that you run the risk of the window smashing if the function is not in use

     
     

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    The key is pointing to the switch that can be found on the door pillar if your year vehicle uses this version
     
     

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    If it doesnt drop the door will not open properly nor will it close
     
     

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    Thanks for the responses, it's good to see a working forum. I understood that some convertibles offer this 'feature' to save bellowing the hood when you close the door, or it might make door closing easier by allowing air out of a well-built coupe shell. Perhaps in this case there's some 'interference' if you close the door with the window up. But if that were so, you couldn't afford to open and close the door if the battery was flat or if the window fuse had blown. I suspect there'd be more broken BMW side windows if that was so. I'd go along with the de-icer solution, but then I'd need to carry a can of de-icer in my handbag, and I don't even carry a handbag Perhaps a little bracket on the door mirror, like an external cup-holder? I sense an accessory idea. Get me the Dragons' Den people
     
     

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    remove the trim at rear seat remove torx screws take plug off switch and check for corossion on wiring this is what caused mine to stop working, i cleaned it off and presto it works like a dream.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by surestart View Post
    If it doesnt drop the door will not open properly nor will it close
    This is not the case

    The entire time that my coupe has been off the road it has mostly had a flat battery but I have still been able to open and close the door (with the glass tucking under the weather shield) without incident.

    It's not recommended but it is doable in the case of a MUST

    I would not like to try this on a convertible I must admit as you not only risk damaging the glass but you also risk damaging the hood
     
     

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    When it is icy I use an old credit card (or even better the wife's!!) and run it along the seal between the window glass and the seal and the window moves ok even at -15C!!

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