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Old 02-18-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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How do I fix this problem? (Rear tail lights)

Hi all. I'm brand new and figured this would be the best place to ask for help. I have a 2004 BMW 325I. Anyways, my rear driver's side tail lights are out. Forgive me for my lack of car lingo, but I removed the lights and unplugged the fuses that connect to the lights. One of the must've sparked and burned a hole in one of them. It's probably a stupid question, but I do not know much about cars. I'm trying to learn more.

Here are some pictures to help.





Is this something I can fix myself that is relatively cheap? (With the guidance of someone who does know about cars) Or should I just take it to a shop and shell out $200? Thank you so much for any help or suggestions!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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I moved your thread over to the E46 general forum section. What does the other side of the connector look like? If it is just the end on the wiring harness you should be able to get a replacement and swap the wiring over.

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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This is the other side of the connector.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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that is an known problems with this cars, there's even a recall about this, use the search button to find out more about that recall.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
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^ this. I got my rear tail lights fixed at the dealership for free.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:29 PM   #6
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I got mine checked for free at the dealer, but they said only certain cars like the coupe's were covered.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:09 PM   #7
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My driver tailight on my sedan was covered under the recall. I found the recall number and contacted BMWNA and they called my dealership and set up the appointment for me. Couldn't have been easier!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:10 PM   #8
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Hi all. I'm brand new and figured this would be the best place to ask for help. I have a 2004 BMW 325I. Anyways, my rear driver's side tail lights are out. Forgive me for my lack of car lingo, but I removed the lights and unplugged the fuses that connect to the lights. One of the must've sparked and burned a hole in one of them. It's probably a stupid question, but I do not know much about cars. I'm trying to learn more.

Here are some pictures to help.





Is this something I can fix myself that is relatively cheap? (With the guidance of someone who does know about cars) Or should I just take it to a shop and shell out $200? Thank you so much for any help or suggestions!!
Also, your second picture is exactly what mine looked like.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:47 PM   #9
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BTW, Welcome! You'll find a lot of great information about e46s here.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:02 AM   #10
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Welcome. Freebie recall fix. Had mine done (which look identical) about 3 months ago. No issues since.
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