Blower Final Stage Fan Resistor May Fail on BMW 330Ci

The blower final stage fan resistor is known to fail. Symptoms are the heater fan speed varies regardless of the setting, the fan will not turn off when the car is switched off, or the fan will not switch on at all.

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Average mileage: 113,500 (77,000–161,000)
3 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003
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2001 BMW 330Ci 110,000 mi,
The problem beagn with an erratic performance of the blower motor. It would run at different speeds and ultimately would not shut off even with the key removed, folowed by an electrical burning smell and then nothing would work. It was the final stage unit (aka the fan resistor) $220.00 to fix at the local gargae.
2001 BMW 330Ci 141,000 mi,
will not change speeds and stay on high and get too hot or dont come on gets too cold
2001 BMW 330Ci 90,000 mi,
Speed varies regardless of the setting.
Same irratic fan speeds shuts off and on while running ac/heater. Will run when car is turned off, and with no key in ignition. Didn't know what was wrong. Thank you for this site. Now I will get this fixed.
2001 BMW 330Ci 154,000 mi,
Buring smell, MPG fluctulates.. Passenger window moves, windows break! ugggg
2001 BMW 330Ci 161,000 mi,
A/C fan speed fluctuates regardless of setting. Purchased replacment final speed unit from Pelican Parts for $29.00 and replaced myself in under an hour. While replaceing unit, noticed evidence of the part being previously replaced, so this may have been the second failure since new. ( I am second owner )