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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 02-20-2014, 08:13 PM
Buminenga Buminenga is offline
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Rear led lights dead

We have a 2011 X3 with 73000 miles. About a month ago, we noticed that the rear left lights (not the brake lights) were not working. We brought the car in and the service department changed a single bulb... we were told it was fixed. We took their word for it and drove home. Later in the evening, we learned that the rear left lights were not working. We brought the X3 back in. This time, the service department said that an LED strip needed to be replaced, cost for part alone was $576... labor probably another $75.

So, about $650 just to have our left rear lights back (again, this is not the brake lights)

We were told that there is no recall, and we are outside the 50K mile warranty.

We tried more than once to get the dealer to cover part or some of the cost... no dice.

The local German (BMW, Porsche, Audi) mechanics explained that they get their parts from the BMW dealership, so there is no $ savings there.

Does anyone else have any experience with these rear LED light strips or an idea how to replace or repair without shelling out $650?

Thanks...
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:20 AM
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You can save some money and take a chance on buying it from Ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-F25-X3-x...fb3ea2&vxp=mtr
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:37 AM
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Not to belittle your aching wallet but there is a reason BMW = "break my wallet" in some circles

I'm having a similar drama on my BMW motorcycle, but the repair on is is around $3K. So...
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:20 AM
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X MEN, you sir are a good man with that reply. If I was the op that's the option I would go for instead of the stealership. Is the bumper required to be removed for the install?


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Old 02-21-2014, 08:36 AM
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Is the bumper required to be removed for the install?


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Look at the dealer's labor cost, $75, that's about 30 minutes. I am guessing the light assembly is accessible from the cargo area.

To the OP, I would make sure that's the right one on Ebay, I am not sure if you have HID or not.

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Old 02-21-2014, 10:26 AM
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This kinda thread actually changing my mind of buy the car at the end of lease. If its gonna cost me hundreds of bucks every now and then after warranty, leasing another new model will probably save more money.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:56 AM
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Some dealers discount parts for BMWCCA members, but I don't know if that's at the Parts Counter only, or also for parts installed by Service.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:28 AM
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Wow, I had no idea it costs that much for that plastic contraption. I have HID so I have the LED embedded in this. Do make sure you have HID as only they have the LED parking lights. Non-HID have no LED's in that assembly if I recall correctly. I find it very unusual for that to fail.

I strongly encourage you have to have a look at it yourself. Assembly/disassembly is super easy with a single tool (I've done this many times to use LED lamps in place of the brake light and turn signal after coding my system to allow them):

1. Open the hatch.
2. Remove the small black panel to reveal the two nuts (takes some trial and error to understand how its attached).
3. Remove the nuts.
4. Slide the assembly straight out a few inches.
5. Disconnect the locking connector on the back.
6. Remove light system from vehicle.

From there open the back of that assembly and make sure all of the connections are clean. The LED module uses some surface contacts to make an electrical connection and could be these have become corroded. Clean things up, maybe some dielectric grease if you have it and put it all back together and test (before bolting it back in).
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:32 AM
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There are so many X3s out there salvage yards should have an ample supply of used parts. However, sometimes they are priced more than original new parts with a BMWCCA or forum discount from a partnering dealership.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:15 PM
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Gentlemen, thank you for the feedback! I plan to disassemble as recommended


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