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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-11-2013, 05:59 PM
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Rear fog lights review

I finally got off my butt and got the rear foglights working. Someone else figured it out and I just followed their guide. This involved replacing the switch with a new one, and running a wire to the FRM. Forgive the pics, iPhone


New switch with rear fog light buttons



These are as bright as the brake lights since they use the adaptive brake lights



Close up of them on



Tonight was especially foggy, and they worked great!
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:54 AM
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Where did you buy your switch?
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:46 AM
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:29 AM
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They are also a huge PITA for the drivers following you at night when there is no/not much fog if you have them on just because you can! Once you have followed someone with their rear fogs on you will understand how annoying that can be.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:58 AM
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They are also a huge PITA for the drivers following you at night when there is no/not much fog if you have them on just because you can! Once you have followed someone with their rear fogs on you will understand how annoying that can be.
+1, but that's why God invented high beams.

OP, what is the button below the rear fog button?
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:18 AM
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Tonight was especially foggy, and they worked great!
So that means you did NOT get runs into... As would be usual without the fogs????




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Old 01-12-2013, 09:47 AM
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+1, but that's why God invented high beams.
LOL!

Which is also why God invented 5% window tint. Always amused after someone flashes their brights at me from behind. Doesn't make a damn bit of difference when your rear windows are blacked out.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:01 AM
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So that means you did NOT get runs into... As would be usual without the fogs????




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LMAO Ard. I actually parked the car and walked about 300m to see if I could still see the lights, and you could

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+1, but that's why God invented high beams.

OP, what is the button below the rear fog button?

That would be the button to turn off the display for the HUD
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:30 AM
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IMHO rear fogs is an atavism, like a cassette deck. Modern tail lights are bright enough for pretty much any conditions; I'd even say front fogs are pretty much obsolete too, and no wonder they are used for supplementary functions like cornering lights, etc. But as long as OP uses them appropriately, not like a douche below, more power to him.

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:29 PM
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I've always thought that if I really needed rear fogs, it would be an indication I was drivng too slow....

BUT, having had some fun here, kudos for the effort.

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Old 01-12-2013, 04:36 PM
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They are also a huge PITA for the drivers following you at night when there is no/not much fog if you have them on just because you can! Once you have followed someone with their rear fogs on you will understand how annoying that can be.

Amen to that!


Rear fogs can be useful and appropriate, assuming people only use their fog lights when it is foggy. But they are extremely inconsiderate to other drivers when used by those people who drive around with their fog lights on all the time as a style. "look at me, I'm a cool dude," statement.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:58 PM
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rear fog lights

Hi everybody i am new hear. I have a problem getting my rear fogs working. Have a X6M(2010) from the states but life in Europe so need them to work, anybody have solved this.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:36 AM
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:59 AM
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I put the Euro switch on my X3. We're retired, like to travel, and have crisscrossed the USA several times (even drove from Florida to Seward, Alaska and back once). On many occasions we've found ourselves in some real "pea soup" and in these situations rear fogs have their place:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012...es-dozens?lite

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8...n-highway.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46186780.../#.UQahJ9tsJ8F

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:49 AM
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:47 PM
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:26 PM
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Does our X5 have a similar switch to the 335d? These guys just cut off some tabs on the US switch and now they have a rear fog light switch. Seems like a relatively easy mod.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=797013
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