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Old 09-05-2011, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by numindast View Post
Super. Nice of BMW to finally, Finally, FINALLY acknowledge the problem. My dealer SA said "what problem? You must have damaged your car, have you been in a crash recently?" which of course promptly ended my very-short relationship with that SA *and* his dealership employer.

Of course, I fixed it myself: first by doing the "official" DIY in our wiki on one side, and then realizing I could do it much, much easier with my boat electrical repair kit. I've had no dim, or non-existant, taillight bulbs since then. It's all about providing a proper, hearty ground connection to the taillamp assemblies.
The DIY was simple for those so inclined (brown wire splice), but MANY payed $200 per side to have this fixed. BMW reported more than 30,000 dealership repairs...I estimate that it cost owners more than $6,000,000 in repair costs while BMW NA fought NHTSA tooth and nail for years to have this obvious defect become a recall as NHTSA sought. I'm very disappointed in BMW's attitude.
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E39 528i 5MT
MBz W140 S320
MBz W124 300E (slammed)
(unmentionables in between)
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