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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 03-28-2013, 03:02 PM
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Question Question about parking lamp bulbs

I'm getting the "Parking Lamp Malfunction" errors, first the right side, now the left.

So I checked my owner's manual and found that the parking lamp replacement is a "W 5 W". So I did a Google search and turned up very few, but it seems like the "2825" bulb is a cross-reference, so I did a search on that. I've also seen the designation "T10". Then, they're also talking about the bulbs being "error free". What the hell does that mean?

It seems that there are versions that have a filament and those that are LEDs. Prices range from about 5 bucks all the way up to about $30 apiece. I've seen some discussions on the board about people wanting brighter angel eyes. I've got Zenons for my headlights, so I'm pretty happy with them, but should I spring for a brighter 2825?

Has anyone had to change out their parking lights recently? Can anyone paint me a clearer picture on all of this?
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For brighter/better bulbs go with LEDs, however, you will need resistors. The "error free" you mentioned is exactly the error you are seeing now. The car checks the status of the bulbs based on the current draw, if that isn't what it expects it will throw an error - the same one you have now.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:29 PM
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For brighter/better bulbs go with LEDs, however, you will need resistors. The "error free" you mentioned is exactly the error you are seeing now. The car checks the status of the bulbs based on the current draw, if that isn't what it expects it will throw an error - the same one you have now.
So basically you're saying that when the bulb filament burns out, it throws the error?

Okay, now you say I will need resistors if I use LED bulbs. Do they come with built-in resistors, or do you need to buy something separate?
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So basically you're saying that when the bulb filament burns out, it throws the error?

Okay, now you say I will need resistors if I use LED bulbs. Do they come with built-in resistors, or do you need to buy something separate?
Yes, when the filament melts it will throw an error.
Some LEDs come with them, some don't, typically the cheaper they are (eBay) the less likely they will come with the resistors you need and you have to buy them and wire them separately.
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Are your parking lamp bulbs actually out? Check and see because you could be experiencing the common ground fault issues with the rear tail lamp assemblies that plague e46s and e60s when you get these migrating lamp warnings. Kinda bizarre that two bulbs will go out at nearly the same time.
Check this thread and if you see no bulbs blown, you may need to re-ground your tail light harness like what's instructed by the poster named German Steel.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...il+malfunction
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Jim, the issue is not with the rear lights, only the fronts.
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Well, after a lot of trial and error, it turns out the parking light bulb is not the 2825 or the W5W or the T10 as our owner's manuals state, but is actually Hella-made BMW OEM part # 63126929309, which is not just a bulb, but a bulb and socket assembly (see attached photo and #5 in illustration.) Although you can loosen the bulb, it will not come out of the assembly and is therefore, apparently not replaceable by itself. You would need to buy the whole assembly, which dealers sell for about $35 EACH.

I only discovered this by pulling the headlight assembly off, as nobody seemed to have a clear answer on this. Maybe because I have Xenons and adaptive headlights the part numbers are different?

I dunno, but anyway, I'm on a quest to replace this part with a compatible LED. I found this guy that seems to have what I need, but I wanted to find out first if anyone has done this and whether you are satisfied with the result.
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