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Old 09-05-2011, 01:46 AM   #101
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That doesn't surprise me. Dealerships wouldn't bother.
Just stupid. Wish they were more open to Modifications then just Dinan which is not really all that awesome.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:54 AM   #102
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Yeap, I agree Bmw seems to be a little less reliable in these areas as opposed to Japanese cars. I guess my next new purchase will be a Honda Civic Si Mugen RR, or Acura TL since i never heard any issues about them.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:59 AM   #103
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They have issues trust me. Just cheaper to fix so you dont hear about them till you have had one. Every car has problems just comes down to how much it cost to fix them.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:35 AM   #104
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too bad the license plate light is not considered a danger; would have been nice to see them include it with the recall.. (though mine is already repaired)
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:39 AM   #105
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Hmmm my 03 330i sedan had this done DIY by me on both sides, after each dimmed. I even got fresh bulbs and suddenly the back os the car brightened up. Does this mean I've voided my warranty The cost no object nature of the e46 is clear as each side has six bulbs, whereas you can use only two if you try hard.

The other problem is that I had a problem with the front running lights. The front markers pitted and burnt, after the rears showed problems. I think the increased resistance from the ground may have contributed to this. Once I did the DIY, cleaned all contacts and replaced all bulbs I've not had any problems.

the license plate lite is over engineered stupidity and got me pulled over one night. Luckily I was able to cut the old parts free and use the blue plastic exterior. Stealer quote with labor and painting was in the $500 range. that is one expensive light bulb.

This isnot a recall in Germany because of something else. I was recently over there (320d rental car, 225 kph outside Berlin) and the German "cash for clunkers" did so well there are few "last generation" cars of any maker on the road. You see almost zero e 46 cars....and lots of e 90.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:57 AM   #106
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I doubt the problem is limited to US cars. My 2004 320i had the problem with false 'bulb out' warnings appearing on the instrument cluster, although the bulbs were fine. Adding the more robust ground wires to the clusters, as detailed in E46fanatics tips cured the problem.

Our car is a European model (sold in Central America). I cannot believe other E46 owners here have not experienced the problem, and now they will not benefit from the recall because only the US is covered.

Took them a long time to fess up to this.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:04 PM   #107
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This and many other stories I've heard is why I never considered becoming a mechanic. All I hear is crappy pay, no pay on warranty work, rushing etc. The only way to make money as a mechanic is to be self employed and or run your own shop.
This is how I felt when I was a tech so I got out of it. But working in parts at BMW, our techs actually make decent money for the first time I've ever seen at a dealer. Better than any other dealer ive been at. We do have some techs that dont make much money but that's because they slack off and mess around alot instead of working.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:24 PM   #108
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:18 PM   #109
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Does this affect the 2000 323i e46?
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:18 PM   #110
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Yeap, I agree Bmw seems to be a little less reliable in these areas as opposed to Japanese cars. I guess my next new purchase will be a Honda Civic Si Mugen RR, or Acura TL since i never heard any issues about them.

Not really, the earlier gen acura TL's are plaqued with automatic transmission issues. The next generation has issues with their power steering.

The si civic is plagued with 3rd gear synchro issues and the transmissions in general, arent very strong considering how much abuse they need to take. The k and F20c series engine on the other hand is amazing, I can honestly say honda makes the more powerful and reliable NA 4cylinder in the world.

BUT, they cant seem to make transmission for ****...there is even a recall with the lastest gen pilots, accords and civics with the automatic transmission. Basically they say if you put your car in D too quickly from R, you can screw up the transmission.


BMW's tend to have a lot of electrical problems, partially because there are many many many more options avaible than your typical honda and toyota. I own a lexus and toyota, and they are very relibale cars....however I have also experienced some electrical gemlins from them as well.

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Old 09-05-2011, 04:23 PM   #111
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Does this affect the 2000 323i e46?
Read. I'm not your mom and can't do it for you from here.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:28 PM   #112
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:02 PM   #113
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:28 PM   #114
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I recently inherited an 01’ 330ci and believe that I have a similar, if not the same, problem. The dash displays the tail-lights, randomly, but only when the lights are off. It goes away when you turn on the running lights. Is this something that I might be able to complain about to a dealer or should I just not worry about it since I have found no functional problem with the lights, other than the “ghost” dash warnings.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:27 AM   #115
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I knew something was not right because I keep replacing light bulbs especially on my driver side tail light. I will definitely bring it to my dealer before the wires get burn out. Thanks all.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:37 AM   #116
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Oh damn does this only apply if you are the original owner? Because I literally just bought one of the affected 325i's.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:40 AM   #117
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I have a 2001 coupe and did the ground repair on both sides. Incidentally, one side went out within a month the other side went out. My symptoms were front headlights flickering.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:44 AM   #118
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lol the f30 is around the corner and they recall now? They should have recalled this years ago and should recall more things. Whatever
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:52 AM   #119
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Mine is a 2000 model, still had the same problem. Wonder why no recall on those?
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:02 AM   #120
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why are M series not included?
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