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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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How to change reverse lights on e46.

Got a burnt out reverse light and i havent figured out how to change it. Anyone hav any links how to.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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probably need to take out the inside cover.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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open trunk, pop out 4 grey plastic rivets. then unplug connector (if you want), then push tabs to pop out bulb carrier. replace bulbs and do the reverse.

or you can click on the tech section of this site and look for how to change to clears. just only look at the reverse light area.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:49 PM   #4
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I've always thought this was odd. Typically, the bulbholder would be accessible without removing a large trim panel (as easy as it is to take out, it's not the sort of thing the average owner expects to do just for a bulb).
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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The average owner does not have to do it. My car is almost 10 years old with original backup lights, and that's not unusual.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:58 PM   #6
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^ I overlooked that! They're on such a short time compared to, say, taillights.
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you have to replace the cv boot first.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:40 AM   #8
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you have to replace the cv boot first.
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