This information is for the following BMW 3-Series E36 models and years:

– 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 BMW 3-Series E36 316i, 318i, 318is, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325is, 328i, M3, 318tds, 325tds.

There are 4 fuse boxes on the BMW 3-Series E36:

1. Fuses in Engine compartment

BMW 3-Series E36 Fuse Box located in Engine compartment
The fuse box (electrical distribution center) with spare fuses, relays and plastic tweezers, is located on the lefthand side of the engine compartment.
Press the retaining flap in and lift off the cover.

BMW 3-Series E36 in Engine compartment Fuse Box Diagram

Description and Amperage

No.
A
Protected circuits
1 30 Power tilt/slide sunroof (SHD)
2 15 as of 9/93: Trailer coupling
5 as of 9/96: Engine control system
3 30 Rear wipe/wash interval control unit (Touring, Compact)
Headlight washer system (SRA)
Radio/HiFi (9/94 to 8/95)
4 15 Unloader relay terminal 15 (Heated seats)
5 30 Passenger’s seat adjustment switch
6 20 Rear defogger relay
30 Rear defogger relay
7 5 Electronic gear indicator
Central locking switch
Driver’s door lock switch
Central locking (ZV) drive driver’s door
Central locking module (ZVM)
Central locking (ZV) drive passenger’s door
Passenger’s door lock switch
Control unit, remote control
Rear lid lock relay
Central locking drive rear lid (Touring)
Rear lid microswitch (mechanical convertible soft top)
Convertible soft top flap lock
Convertible soft top module
Anti-theft control module (Alpine)
8 15 Horn relay
Anti-theft control module (Alpine)
9 20 Radio
Hifi amplifier
Subwoofer
CD changer (to 8/93)
Unloader relay terminal R (to 8/92)
10 30 Antilock brake system (ABS)
Automatic stability control (ASC)
11 7.5 without CCM: Left low beam light
with CCM: Check control module
12 7.5 without CCM: Right low beam light
with CCM: Check control module
13 5 Comfort relay (two–door model)
14 30 Driver’s side power window module (to 8/93)
Passenger’s side power window module (to 8/93)
ZKE control unit (ZKE IV; as of 9/93)
15 15 Left fog light
Right fog light
Instrument cluster
7.5 Left fog light
Right fog light
Instrument cluster
16 5 A/C compressor relay
Auxiliary fan stage 1 relay (normal speed relay)
Auxiliary fan stage 2 relay (high speed relay)
17 10 without CCM: Fog light switch (Rear fog light switch)
7.5 with CCM: Fog light switch (Rear fog light switch)
18 15 Fuel pump
19 15 to 8/92: Park heating/ventilation relay box
30 as of 8/93: Relay module
20 30 to 8/92: Blower switch
as of 9/92:
   without park ventilation: Heating blower relay
   with park ventilation:
Heating blower relay
Independent ventilation relay
21 5 Antilock brake system (ABS)
Automatic stability control (ASC)
22 5 Light switch
Daytime running lights coding diode
23 5 Combination switch (turn indicator/low beam selector)
Instrument cluster
Thermal switch (LA Japan)
ABS control unit
Rear defogger relay
Multi–function clock / On–board display / On–board computer
Unloader relay terminal 15
with IHKA: Automatic climate control unit
with heating control:
Water valves
Temperature regulator
24 10 Thermal switch, heated jets
Rollover sensor
Mirror control unit
Parking aid control unit
25 5 Light switch
Day light relay module (as of 9/97)
High beam relay (9/94 to 8/97)
Low beam relay (9/92 to 8/94)
Left park light relay (9/93 to 8/94)
Right park light/license plate light relay (9/93 to 8/94)
26 15 to 8/92:
Program switch
Auxiliary connector (US)
Automatic transmission range switch
Diagnostic connector
Reversing light switch (without EGS)
10 as of 9/92:
Automatic transmission range switch
Program switch
Fuel heating (diesel)
Alternator cut–out relay (diesel)
Diagnostic connector
Oil level switch, thermal
Oxygen sensor and air pump relays
Reversing light switch
SMG control unit
Hydraulic pump relay
Hydraulic unit
Starter immobilization relay
Throttle flap heater
27 5 Instrument cluster
28 5 with EGS: Automatic transmission range switch
with SMG:
SMG control unit
Electronic gear indicator
Gear indicator, centre console
29 7.5 Left high beam
30 7.5 Right high beam
31 5 Instrument cluster
On–board display / Multi–function clock
On–board computer
Analogue clock
Chime module
Electronic immobiliser control unit (EWS II; as of 9/94)
Antitheft (DWA) LED
With IHKA:
Water valves
Automatic climate control unit
With IHKR:
IHKR control panel
Integrated climate regulation control module
32 30 Front cigar lighter
Reading lights relay
33 10 Ignition switch (as of 9/93)
Charge socket
Light switch
CD changer (as of 9/93)
Cellular telephone
Door lock heating relay
Luggage compartment light
Rear compartment interior light, centre (Touring)
Right trunk light assembly (Compact)
Interior light, right rear (with reading light)
Interior light, left rear (with reading light)
Interior/reading lamp, front (with ZKE)
ZKE control unit (as of 9/93)
Front left footwell light (Front right footwell light)
Left parking light relay
Driver’s side power window module (to 8/93)
34 15 Hazard flasher relay
Crash alarm sensor (with crash alarm sensor)
35 25 with ZVM: Central locking module (ZVM)
with ZKE: ZKE control unit
36 30 Wipe–wash module (Low II) / Wipe/wash module
37 10 Light switch
Right parking light/licence plate light relay
38 30 Antilock brake system (ABS)
Automatic stability control (ASC)
39 7.5 A/C compressor relay
40 30 Driver’s seat adjustment switch
Driver’s lumbar support switch
41 30 Auxiliary fan stage 1 relay (low; only diesel)
Auxiliary fan stage 2 relay (high)
42 7.5 Electronic seat control
Driver’s side impact sensor
Passenger’s side impact sensor
Rollover sensor
Airbag diagnostic module
Driver’s seat belt buckle switch
43 5 Interior light, right rear
Interior light, left rear
Top Hifi switch
Central locking module (ZVM)
ZKE control unit
Spatial sound relay
Passenger’s make–up mirror light
Driver’s make–up mirror light
Interior/reading lamp, front
Convertible soft top module
Control unit, remote control
Cellular telephone
Reading lights relay
Anti-theft control module (Alpine)
44 15 Wipe–wash module (Low II)
Wipe/wash module
Rear wipe/wash interval control unit (Touring, Compact)
Windscreen wiper switch (Touring, Compact)
Radio
Glovebox light/switch
Twin relay module (up to 8/95)
Unloader relay terminal R (up to 8/92)
45 7.5 Check control module
Transmit/receive module (EWS II; as of 9/95)
Starter immobilization switch (as of 9/96)
On–board computer / Multi–function clock / On–board display
Wiper relay (up to 8/95)
Wiper motor relay (up to 8/95)
46 15 Clutch switch
Instrument cluster
Brake light switch
Cruise control module
Cruise control switch
Data link connector (as of 9/95)
Board computer (BC-low)
Relay
R1 Fuel pump relay
or
Oxygen sensor and air pump relays (M3)
or
Secondary air pump relay
or
Engine control module relay
or
Alternator cut–out relay (diesel)
R2 Engine control module relay
or
Fuel pump relay
R3 Oxygen sensor relay
or
EKP and start detector relay
or
Wiper motor relay
or
Engine control module relay
or
Secondary air pump relay
or
Delivery pump relay (diesel)
R4 Horn relay
R5 Fog light relay
R6 High beam relay (to 8/93)
or
Low beam relay (as of 9/93)
R7 Low beam relay (to 8/93)
or
High beam relay (as of 9/93)
or
Secondary air pump relay
R8 Hazard flasher relay
R9 Blower relay
R10 Rear defogger relay
R11 ABS relay
R12 ABS pump motor relay
or
ABS pump motor relay, timed
R13 Auxiliary fan stage 2 relay (high speed)
R14 A/C compressor relay
R15 Auxiliary fan stage 1 relay (low speed)

2. Relay on the dashboard driver’s side

BMW 3-Series E36 relay on the dashboard driver’s side fuse Box Diagram

Description and Amperage

No.
A
Protected circuits
48 40 Auxiliary fan stage 2 relay (high speed)
50 5 Exhaust gas flap valve
Carbon canister valve
Relay
R1 Independent ventilation relay
R2 Twin relay (up to 8/95)
R3 Crash alarm sensor
R4 Headlight/foglight cleaning module (SRA) (up to 8/95)
or
High beam relay
or
Day running ligth relay
R5 Comfort relay
or
Folding sunroof comfort relay
R6 Unloader relay terminal R (up to 8/92)

3. Connector strip under dashboard driver’s side

BMW 3-Series E36 Connector strip under dashboard driver’s side Fuse Box Diagram

Description and Amperage

No.
A
Protected circuits
47 15 Horn relay (Alpine)
On-board computer
Anti-theft control module (Alpine)
Relay
R1 Unloader relay terminal 15
or
Horn relay (Compact)
R2 Rear lights relay
or
Wiper relay (up to 8/95)
R3 Wiper motor relay (up to 8/95)
R4 Hinged window relay
or
Starter relay (up to 8/94)
or
Starter immobilization relay (9/93 to 9/94)

4. Connector strip under dashboard passenger’s side

BMW 3-Series E36 Connector strip under dashboard passenger’s side Fuse Box Diagram

Description and Amperage

No.
Relay
R1 Right parking light/licence plate light relay
R2 Left parking light relay
or
Thermal switch (LA Japan)
R3 Door lock heating relay
R4 Rear window blower relay

5. Auxiliary fuse box in luggage compartment

No.
A
Protected circuits
49 20 Convertible soft top module