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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:33 PM
ch35iM ch35iM is offline
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Lightbulb 35i LED taillights and turnsignals retrofit

The fact that BMW put xenon hid headlights, led headlight rings, and led taillights on my x3 is nice and as expected. But what were they thinking putting standard incandescent turnsignals and brake lights!!! I know there are led bulbs out there that fit in the standard slots and I want to get them. Anyone know what bulbs will work on the F25??
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:08 AM
jgroarke jgroarke is offline
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Here here. I hated that.

Why does a 3-4 year old 3 series in UK have LED tail lights, and we're stuck with the joker ones, even on an M-Sport :-/

Any takers on easy ways to resolve? Can't imagine it would just be a buld replacement, probably the whole light cluster!

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Old 10-08-2012, 05:06 AM
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The fact that BMW put xenon hid headlights, led headlight rings, and led taillights on my x3 is nice and as expected. But what were they thinking putting standard incandescent turnsignals and brake lights!!! I know there are led bulbs out there that fit in the standard slots and I want to get them. Anyone know what bulbs will work on the F25??
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:03 AM
ch35iM ch35iM is offline
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Ok I did some googling and looked in the manual. The front signals are PY21Ws and the rear signals and brakelights are P21Ws.

http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704322

And by the looks of this, it can be done!!! I just want to know what bulbs to get for everything in the X3?? anyone?
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:09 PM
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they do it so they can easily update with the F25 refresh coming in the next few years...
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:03 PM
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I put these ones in the front (amber turn signals) and they work great. There is no DTC ("error") message reported, so they function just like normal bulbs. I wanted to try them as a test before getting rears and they definitely passed. Haven't bothered to get rears yet though.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TWO-AMBER-No...36b227&vxp=mtr

Eventually that link above will die, so for future reference:
Item title: TWO AMBER No Resistor Required 7507 BAU15s PY21W 20-SMD LED Lights
eBay seller: maple125
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:15 PM
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will these above work for both the front and the back?
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:57 PM
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will these above work for both the front and the back?
I don't believe so. From looking at the manual, they will only work on the front. Obviously these ones are yellow, but even if you wanted yellow in the rear, they are PY sockets on the front and the manual indicates the rear sockets are normal P sockets. So, instead of PY21W (front) you'd need P21W lamps for the rear.
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