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Old 04-14-2009, 03:28 PM   #21
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Can someone explain what that tiny silver dot between the interior light intensity control and the headlight dial is meant for?

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Old 04-14-2009, 03:38 PM   #22
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Can someone explain what that tiny silver dot between the interior light intensity control and the headlight dial is meant for?
Its a light sensor. Put your finger over it in the daytime and you'll notice that your dash lights get dimmer.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:01 PM   #23
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:12 PM   #24
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Audis have 2, BMW has 1 rear fog on the drivers side by design, as you well know now. =]
actually audis come w/ just one on the driver side too, they come w/ a slot on the onther side and a lot of people put a bulb in there to make it even, i did that to mine...

i did that b/c all the assbag truck driver who have their trucks jacked up who tailgated me drove me insane so i just flipped those on and we were even!
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:07 PM   #25
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um well heres a write up, for the dual fogs , works for cars that already have it wired in on one side

http://www.e46zone.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5706
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:08 PM   #26
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I hate rear fog lights. All it does is to cause glare and anoy other drivers.
Actually rear fog lights when used as intended are an incredible safety feature allowing other drivers to see you well in advance of your standard rear tails in inclement weather conditions...
Where we run into problems in the states are fat, dumb, happy American's who roll around with them on all day and night in otherwise clear conditions.
My guess is that BMW knows this and makes them unavailable. again, just a guess...
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:21 PM   #27
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I hate rear fog lights. All it does is to cause glare and anoy other drivers.
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:37 PM   #28
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Audis have 2, BMW has 1 rear fog on the drivers side by design, as you well know now. =]

If you want the OEM switch, and the discrete cluster illumination, you need to get a euro faceplate. Faceplate only. If you have a Sedan, and are in the US, you are SOL (BMWNA sucks) on activating the rear fog if you have adaptive brake lights.

Jason at Tischer (getbmwparts.com) set me up with my new LCM, I did the OEM LED retrofit so I bought the whole assembly. You can, just buy the faceplate though.

You also need a sedan bulb carrier, it has two light sockets. Left for side for LHD, right side like original poster for RHD, or you can dremmel out your coupe one. Carrier was <$15 bucks so I didnt bother to f with the dremmel.

Oh, and depending on the year, you may have to run a wire from your deck lid to pin 49 on your LCM (for coupes).


LCM assembly 61-31-9-133-021 (part is superseded and you only need the faceplate)
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Saw this and thought about getting it to control angle eyes or something else until I found out it cost $300.

might still do it later for a cleaner look
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:53 PM   #29
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Your car will only have one. BMW use this to identify on what side to overtake the car. With you being in London,thats why it is on the right hand side. There are only a few exception car manufactures who put in two.
Its also for parking - to allow more visibility in tighter streets when parked on the side (for example by a cafe - in europe / rest of the world). its always on the driver side (altho some older benz's you could change it - if you're baller and driving around europe to different countries that drive on different sides of the road).

another exception to having just one is audi (they have both) - I saw some dumb b*tch driving with both on the other day (emphasis on DAY) d'oh!
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:59 PM   #30
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+1 They are as dumb as Euro license plates in the US. If you want Euro, MOVE THERE.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:01 PM   #31
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I also only had one rear fog-light on my 2005 Renault Symbol.
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:30 PM   #32
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i recall reading about how in the US only 2 fog-lights are allowed. On our 03' E320 when i turn on both the front and rear fog-lights, 4 bulbs light up but the front and rear driver side ones are brighter compared to the passenger side one.
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gfunky, it's not for parking, we actually have that here, lights up front and rear on one side, RTM.

I so want rear foglights. I didn't think sedans have "adaptive brake lights", which ones have that?
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:06 AM   #34
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GoingNuts, did you think that every other car on the road that used it's rear foglights also had a burnt out left bulb?

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Old 08-21-2009, 11:07 AM   #35
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I hate rear fog lights. All it does is to cause glare and anoy other drivers.
Lol, oh and you forgot 'has a massive improvement on road safety, by avoiding rear end collisions in the fog'
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:12 PM   #36
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This is exactly what I needed to know! I just got my E46 two weeks ago and was concerned that the left side was out as my E30 has left and right rear fog lights...

Useful in the fog, and also to disturb tailgaters. On the E30 they were right next to the brake lights but were much brighter, so it was fun to quickly turn them on and off so the person behind would slow down and stop following too close as they thought they were brake lights.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:27 PM   #37
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Right-hand drive cars have rear fog light on the right, left-hand drive on the left. There is only one so they will not be mistaken for brake lights.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:20 PM   #38
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i was driving home from las vegas a few years ago and there was HEAVY fog...the cars around us just kinda packed together and everyone just turned on their hazzards...
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:38 PM   #40
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I think the original European idea of OEM rear fog is to have ONE REAR FOG LAMP not two. That is simply what you have there or some lazy SOB never finished the complete rear fog DIY. The DIY Rear Fog Light modification that we have here in the USA usually incorporates putting in two rear fog lamp brackets so you get both rear fogs going for the effect.
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