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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:47 PM
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Can the dashboard lights be switched out for like blue instead of orange
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:57 PM
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Seen some DIYs over on fanatics. IMO it is a major waste. BMW did a lot of research to find that the OEM amber color is easiest on your eyes at night. Super bright blue lighting in your face at night isn't safe.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:20 PM
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Dito on the research !!! Old developing dark rooms used red lights and astronomers use red flashlights and red LCD screen displays because it is easier on the eyes. The red end of the spectrum has lower quantum energy. When driving on the interstate or a country road at night it really is easier to maintain a clearer image on the road than say in a Honda that has brighter lights. I just wish that crazy high beam light was also red or amber just not bright blue!!!!
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:31 PM
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I personally like the orange, especially when the are dimmed all the way down...STEALTH MODE!
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:37 PM
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i was wondering about why the amber color... Thanks Smolck
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:53 PM
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Is it still something that can be changed?
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:59 PM
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This is the second thread today

I personally like the orange, especially when the are dimmed all the way down...STEALTH MODE!
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:01 AM
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Is it still something that can be changed?
Yep, as I said in my first response, their are some DIY's on e46fanatics.com. Do a quick search and you shall find.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:26 AM
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:12 AM
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This is the second thread today

I personally like the orange, especially when the are dimmed all the way down...STEALTH MODE!
I keep my lights dimmed all the way. I had an ex that complained about it because "it was too dark". I still have the car.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:17 AM
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I keep my lights dimmed all the way. I had an ex that complained about it because "it was too dark". I still have the car.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:54 AM
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Smlock can I get the link to that? I can't find it
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:57 AM
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Smlock can I get the link to that? I can't find it
Did you not see my post? Scroll up a little bit. I linked you to E46Fanatics.

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:02 AM
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I read the page but it didn't have any instructions or anything like that. It looks good thoifh
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:11 AM
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:19 AM
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Thanks. I'll get back to you on that labor fee
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:28 AM
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I keep my lights dimmed all the way. I had an ex that complained about it because "it was too dark". I still have the car.
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