In Reply to: dome light posted by david t. on March 31, 1999 at 19:04:49:
To fully understand what I'm about to tell you, you need to remove the Dome light assembly from the car. On the assembly you should have 3 switchs. One controls the dome plus all the other lights in the car. The other two are for each front seats. Furthermore, all switches can be placed into three separate positions, on, off, and door (comes on when you open door or turn ignition off). SO, when you take the assembly apart, look at the switch which controls the dome light and at the same time be weary of the different positions in which it operates. What you will find is 1.) there isn't a good enough contact or 2.) the contact has broken. You can actually tell the contact is broken when your in the car. Open the door and push on the Dome switich in the door position and the lights should come on.
I understand this is a little lengthy and I apologize for that. When you have determined that it is a connection problem, try to soulder it together and you should be able to fix it right there. I had a similar problem with my 88 735i. I haven't been able to get a souldering iron, but when I do I will have it fixed.
Good Luck with your project. Fill me in when it's done through a follow-up post.