Blower Final Stage Fan Resistor May Fail on BMW 528i

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: 117,465 (63,000–250,000)
4 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
14 people reported this problem
8 people shared problem details
1997 BMW 528i250,000
The blower will not come on at all. It's hot outside here in South Carolina and I need help fast. How can I fix this.
1999 BMW 528i106,000
heater motor under hood runs and drains battery after engine shut off.. resets of computer by battery disconnects with turn off of heater fan stops this but is very inconvenient
1997 BMW 528i80,000
Blower motor worked erratically, then gave up entirely. BMW dealer mechanic said this is common for the vintage.
Same symptoms as described. Replaced FSU/Blower Motor Resistor and problem seems to be solved. Made the repair myself. Part cost $67 at an import car parts store. Net savings of $183 from dealer costs (labor & parts).
blower fan speed increases and decreases eratically. went away after the internal resistor was replaced.
Fan flows at full blast. Dealer fix under warranty
1997 BMW 528i117,000
Fan switch works intermittently(ac/heat)
2000 BMW 528i63,000
Fan motor stopped working. Replaced the final stage fan resister and everything working again.
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