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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 01-27-2008, 02:52 PM
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2000 328i how to change turn signal bulbs??

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I am new here..I have a 2000 328i and both of my turn signal bulbs need to be replaced..But, I cannot make any sense of the instructions in the manual. Can anyone help me???

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Old 01-27-2008, 03:04 PM
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Go to www.my330i.com, click on garage, and then find his clear corner installation on his pre-facelift sedan. You'll see pictoral instructions on removing the turn signals to get the bulb out.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:20 AM
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Go to www.my330i.com, click on garage, and then find his clear corner installation on his pre-facelift sedan. You'll see pictoral instructions on removing the turn signals to get the bulb out.
Thank you for your reply....BUT, my problem is I cannot figure out how to get to the turn signal bulb...The manual says to press down on the tab in the oval hole...I have tried that still can't get anything to happen. I have changed my headlights, low and high, tail lites, etc, but these darn turn signals are a puzzle.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:23 AM
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How to get to the turn signal bulbs????

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Hello,

I am new here..I have a 2000 328i and both of my turn signal bulbs need to be replaced..But, I cannot make any sense of the instructions in the manual. Can anyone help me???

Thanks.
I worded my question wrong.. I cannot get to the turn signal bulbs to change them. The manual is about as clear as mud. I have tried to 'push down the tab, by using a screw driver through the oval hole in the fender'..but still can't figure it out.

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Old 01-28-2008, 11:10 AM
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I worded my question wrong.. I cannot get to the turn signal bulbs to change them. The manual is about as clear as mud. I have tried to 'push down the tab, by using a screw driver through the oval hole in the fender'..but still can't figure it out.

RDW


Step 1 is to pull the entire turn signal lens assembly out of the car.

Step 2 is to pull the bulb out of the turn signal lens assembly to change it.


For detailed instructions on step 1, follow the link I provided above. It involves pushing a screwdriver down to release a tab.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:20 AM
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Thanks, Kris, I printed the pics and will try again this evening. Even though I am a woman I am pretty good at this kind of stuff...changed all of my other bulbs, but these turn signal bulbs have got me..changing them won't be a problem..getting to the darn things is. I appreicate your help.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:24 AM
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Thanks, Kris, I printed the pics and will try again this evening. Even though I am a woman I am pretty good at this kind of stuff...changed all of my other bulbs, but these turn signal bulbs have got me..changing them won't be a problem..getting to the darn things is. I appreicate your help.
Well with the lens assemblies out of the car, you have all the room in your garage to get the bulbs out of the assemblies. If you have a suction cup of some sort (one that comes with a radar detector or gps maybe?), that will help - push down on the tab with a screwdriver then use a suction cup stuck onto the turn signal lens to pull it straight out of the front of the car.
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The key to figuring it out is persistence. It can be challenging to figure out the first time you do it. And getting it done can be challenging even after you finally figure it out. Sometimes actually finding the tab and getting it to give takes a fair dose of patience.

Just keep at it. Good luck.

If you can't get it, you'll just have to go buy a facelifted model 3er. They made it easier with the facelift.
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If you can't get it, you'll just have to go buy a facelifted model 3er. They made it easier with the facelift.

Unless it's a coupe. You need child sized hands to get at them!
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Replacing Front Turn Signal Bulb

There are at least two versions for the late '99 production: one that requires pushing down on a tab and one that requires levering a screwdriver away from you to push the lens out, so do NOT push down on anything to release the lens until you're certain which version you have. The owners manual is basically useless, as it simply says "release the lever" but doesn't tell you how. I can only describe my version: Looking through the oval hole, the first thing you'll see is a black flat piece of plastic. Do NOT push down on this or the silver-colored prong sticking out from it. Look a bit deeper and you'll notice a white tab, no more than 3" deep, so you don't need a long screwdriver. You just need to get the screwdriver behind the tab and push it away from you, thus causing the end of the screwdriver to push the lens out. It doesn't take a lot of force, so if it's not budging, you're behind the wrong tab. After it pops out, simply turn the receptacle and then the bulb to replace it. To reinstall, line up the prongs into the slots and push in until it clicks. (With all due respect, if you're giving advice, first be sure that it's correct).

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^^^ You picked a five year old thread to bump with your first post? Hookay.
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^^^ You picked a five year old thread to bump with your first post? Hookay.
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^^^ You picked a five year old thread to bump with your first post? Hookay.
And you picked a perfectly valid, informative post to ridicule?
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:39 AM
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I predict this guy is going to be real popular here.
I'll be neither popular nor unpopular as I actually have a life that doesn't require
10,000+ posts on a site filled with so much misinformation. I have much better
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