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Old 09-06-2011, 02:43 PM   #121
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any recalls for the ZHP sedan headlight Bowls?? (burnt bowls)
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:43 PM   #122
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The wire comes loose, .01 cent of super glue and it was fixed.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:26 PM   #123
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NY Times reporting..

I am new to your forum and love it - some great information to those of us new to E46s.

There is a great article about the recall in the NY Times here:

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011...ty-tail-lamps/

Answers a few questions such as: no one who got their lights fixed before Dec 2009 will be reimbursed for the repair.

What is interesting is the whole matter was started by one person complaining that he knew a lot of E46s having this same problem and actually got NHTSA to notice. This time David got Goliath. BMW fought the recall.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:32 PM   #124
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How come this doesn't recall 2001's? My car has this issue, it's a 2001 sedan.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:26 PM   #125
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I'm sure.....look how long it took for the recall.
Most people with this problem already fixed it.
If you paid someone to fix it, then there should be a way to get reimbursed.

If you have aftermarket tails in your car, then you are no longer effected by this problem, so no need to get the recall performed.

If you have an unmolested harness in your car and your original tails, then swap your stockies back in and take it to the dealer.... once the recall is actually issued.

Announcing a recall and it actually being issued on your car are two different things. It's a process. You will receive a letter once it has been issued. That is when you call for an appointment.

You can call BMWNA and tell them to list you as the current owner if you think for whatever reason you are not listed... but you don't have to do this to get the recall performed... only to receive the letter. And even then... I think they go by DMV records, so you still may get a letter even if BMW itself does not have you on file.

And for the rest of you... stop *****in. It's a recall, they happen...
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:33 PM   #126
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If you paid someone to fix it, then there should be a way to get reimbursed.

If you have aftermarket tails in your car, then you are no longer effected by this problem, so no need to get the recall performed.

If you have an unmolested harness in your car and your original tails, then swap your stockies back in and take it to the dealer.... once the recall is actually issued.

Announcing a recall and it actually being issued on your car are two different things. It's a process. You will receive a letter once it has been issued. That is when you call for an appointment.

You can call BMWNA and tell them to list you as the current owner if you think for whatever reason you are not listed... but you don't have to do this to get the recall performed... only to receive the letter. And even then... I think they go by DMV records, so you still may get a letter even if BMW itself does not have you on file.

And for the rest of you... stop *****in. It's a recall, they happen...
So I got the title to my 325i transferred to me today, all I have to do is call BMW and let them know i'm the new owner?
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:24 PM   #127
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any recalls for the ZHP sedan headlight Bowls?? (burnt bowls)
unfortunately no
thats the real recall they need to do
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:45 PM   #128
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My 2001 325i has the same tail light/ground wire problem, and the trunk wire harness issue mentioned earlier. We should try to get the older cars included!
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:52 AM   #129
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They already replaced mine under a recall a few years back...

Not the lenses, but the bulb trays, basically added an individual ground to the tray.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:48 AM   #130
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So I got the title to my 325i transferred to me today, all I have to do is call BMW and let them know i'm the new owner?
yes, call 800-831-1117. that's all ya have to do.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:05 AM   #131
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The wire comes loose, .01 cent of super glue and it was fixed.
You do realize putting super flamable super glue on an overloaded ground wire might not be the best fix.

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Old 09-07-2011, 02:30 PM   #132
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I email my SA with this link and my VIN. And he email me back saying "at this time, BMW shows no recalls for the car listed below"

I have 2003 sedan, what gives?
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:53 PM   #133
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I email my SA with this link and my VIN. And he email me back saying "at this time, BMW shows no recalls for the car listed below"

I have 2003 sedan, what gives?
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:19 AM   #135
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the wife just had the dealer do the service bulletin to her zhp, so i called bmwna about it. they said when we get the letter around october, take the letter to the dealer and they will check whether the work was fully completed to recall specs. if so, we get reimbursed. if further work is required, they will just finish the job and no reimbursement.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:55 PM   #136
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Hey, I have an 02 325i from Ontario Canada. Are Canadian cars included in this recall? I get a tail light out sign on my dash every once in a while.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:16 PM   #137
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Anyone care to guess if they will do the recall if you have done the DIY fix yourself? I am a little confused as to what some of you did in your DIY fix as well. My harness had already begun to melt so I pulled the brown wire out and taped up the end of it. Then I stripped a portion of the brown wire, and spliced in another wire directly to the tab on the housing. I thought, because of the DIY thread I used, that was going to be sufficient, however some of you seem to have run a chassis ground to another place on the car's body. Am I just misunderstanding some of you, or do I need to run a second ground? My lights are working fine right now.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:43 PM   #138
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Anyone care to guess if they will do the recall if you have done the DIY fix yourself? I am a little confused as to what some of you did in your DIY fix as well. My harness had already begun to melt so I pulled the brown wire out and taped up the end of it. Then I stripped a portion of the brown wire, and spliced in another wire directly to the tab on the housing. I thought, because of the DIY thread I used, that was going to be sufficient, however some of you seem to have run a chassis ground to another place on the car's body. Am I just misunderstanding some of you, or do I need to run a second ground? My lights are working fine right now.
Some people are running a redundant chassis ground connections. Can't hurt but unnecessary imo. The issue is the ground connection/current capability of the connector. I did the diy three years ago just like you & I am good.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:25 AM   #139
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My ground (brown) wires to the tail light plugs had begun to melt and it damaged a bit of the plastic plugs that hold all the wires (including the ground) and plugs into the tail lights. I added the 2nd ground wire but didn't change the damaged plastic plugs, even though I bought them from the dealer, because it looked like too much work. I'm gonna ask the dealer to replace those plugs.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:46 AM   #140
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only sedans?.. not tourings are effected?.....hmmmmmmmmmmm
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