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Old 01-19-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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Exclamation here's one for ya! different factory tailight clusters?? one light way brighter


so i'm new to bmw's and this wagon i have. i know there's plenty of thoughtful engineering, but this is strange to me.
i noticed my driver side taillight/parklight (the low-glowing red one that comes on w/ either headlamp selection) is WAY brighter than the passenger side. it looks like a full-on break lamp, while the pass. is a reasonable illumination.
so i go to replace all the lamps back there, and find that the sockets/contacts are different side to side. and not only those, but the turn signal ones too. only the brake lights use the same bulb.
i know that there is a one-side euro foglight on some imports, but read that those are in the tailgate inner lenses on bimmers, and mine are empty.
you can see that the pass side utilizes a dual filament bulb, but only one contact is in the socket, while the driver side uses a single filament w/ center contact. and they're clocked differently.i called out the numbering on the clusters as well as the orientation of each bulb.
maybe somehow my car got one u.s. spec and one uero spec cluster from the factory?
I'd like to use the correct bulbs, but i hate having one brighter than the other.
what do you think? thanks!
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