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Old 04-02-2011, 01:32 PM
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Mein Auto: 1997 740iL / 2006 X5 4.4
Did you refer to your owners manual for more details about the Graphic Display? Many owners get confused and think that the rear upper light only refers to the right rear light assembly...but according to the owners manual...the upper right rear warning light also indicates that the center brake light (the one on the rear parcel shelf) may also be burnt out:

Hopefully that's all it is,
Q (too) sounds like you only have a valet key (gray head)...if this is true...I hope you make haste to a BMW dealership and order a spare key. It's not neccesary that you spend the big bucks for a remote key...but you definitely need another (spare key)...and preferably a MASTER key. All of the available keys are "masters" except for the gray headed valet key which only works in the car door & ignition. It will not open the trunk or glovebox.

You have the choice of 4 different keys:
  1. remote key (master)
  2. illuminated key (master) (not listed in owners manual, but available from your dealer)
  3. spare/wallet (plastic master)
  4. valet/service key (only works in door & ignition)

Obviously the most expensive key is the remote key (approx $150-up from most dealers)...but the illuminated or (plastic) spare key can usually be had from approx $50-$100....and again, they will open everything (including your trunk)...and you really should have a spare. If you read the forum will see that approx 4 or 5 times a year someone with only one key...locks it in the trunk or inside the car...then posts for help.

Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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