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Old 02-12-2016, 09:33 AM
TomNJ TomNJ is offline
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Where does the warning triangle go? Is this a safe spot?

I was curious if anyone has any pictures of where the BMW warning triangle is meant to go on a 2005 X3? Poking around in the back I can't seem to find a spot that is meant for it. I thought it was supposed to go under the door in the floor where the other tools are but there's no room for it.

More importantly, I had another set of warning triangles and I pulled one out to keep in my X3. Was looking for a spot in the cargo area to keep it. I think it's bigger and heavier than the factory warning triangle.

Behind the removable panel on the passenger's side I noticed a slot that fit my triangle perfectly. Doesn't look like there's much there except a white thing that I'm not sure what it is and some wires which I'm pretty sure the triangle doesn't contact. Will double check with an inspection camera when I have a chance.

Does this look like a safe spot to keep it? It holds it fine but just wondering if anyone has any experience of what that spot is for and if placing it there might cause some issues.

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Old 02-12-2016, 10:43 AM
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As it is not standard equipment (not required by law) on N. American vehicles, I think you are supposed to buy the bracket to mount it on or behind that panel.

See: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...54#51717003695

Intent is for it to be easily accessible when needed. Not sure why there are two different brackets in above link - maybe you need both?

AFTERTHOUGHT: as the warning triangle was fitted on European delivery E83's the mounting bracket(s) for its blue plastic case might be present behind that panel.
The triangles are removed, maybe at the P.o.E., because they don't meet U.S. DOT specifications. Audi's triangle apparently does meet specs.

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Old 02-12-2016, 11:15 AM
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As it is not standard equipment (not required by law) on N. American vehicles, I think you are supposed to buy the bracket to mount it on or behind that panel.

See: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...54#51717003695

Intent is for it to be easily accessible when needed. Not sure why there are two different brackets in above link - maybe you need both?
When I've seen it installed on other cars it uses two brackets. One on each side. The E83 brackets are different. I was under the impression it was supposed to go where the tools and tow hook are but didn't see a spot for it. Not sure if the latching rails might be over where it would have gone.

Here's the real oem page that has the floor foam. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_5386 I'm pretty sure that slot to the right of where the tools go is for the warning triangle.
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Old 02-12-2016, 12:30 PM
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But you do have a plastic square with a triangle icon on it attached to the top of that side panel? Just aft of the 12V receptacle.

Fairly sure that's where it goes on the European E83.
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Old 02-12-2016, 12:58 PM
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But you do have a plastic square with a triangle icon on it attached to the top of that side panel? Just aft of the 12V receptacle.

Fairly sure that's where it goes on the European E83.
Yeah, there was a plastic square with the triangle icon on it. I was hoping someone might have one installed and could take a picture of it so I have a better idea where it goes. Couldn't find anything on realoem, parts stores or various image searches.
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:14 PM
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it goes vertically on the right edge by the lights. A bracket is needed.
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:31 PM
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it goes vertically on the right edge by the lights. A bracket is needed.
That sounds like the spot I placed the one I have in? Can you confirm based on the first picture I attached?

Mine is bigger than the BMW or Audi ones because it has a heavy base instead of just the wire legs. It fits in pretty snug as is but I'm going to try to find a way to secure it better.
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:53 PM
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I never bothered with a bracket, I just slid my folding triangle in there and left it there for years. Over gravel forest roads, potholed Montréal roads.........never affected anything.
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:59 PM
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That sounds like the spot I placed the one I have in? Can you confirm based on the first picture I attached?

Mine is bigger than the BMW or Audi ones because it has a heavy base instead of just the wire legs. It fits in pretty snug as is but I'm going to try to find a way to secure it better.
Looks about right. There is a shoe at the bottom and a bracket near the top.
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Old 02-12-2016, 07:26 PM
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I never bothered with a bracket, I just slid my folding triangle in there and left it there for years. Over gravel forest roads, potholed Montréal roads.........never affected anything.
Thanks. That's very reassuring!

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Looks about right. There is a shoe at the bottom and a bracket near the top.
Took another look and think I found the hole where the top bracket attaches. Not sure how the bottom one attaches. Maybe on that white thing in the second photo?

I think I can figure out some way to mount some velcro there to keep my triangle more secure.
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