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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-31-2006, 02:08 PM
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E46 Rear Fog Lights

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I've just got a E46 Coupe 2003 model, been testing out the lights this evening and noticed that the only the Rear Fog Light lights up (driver side) is this normal? I know some cars only have one rear fog light, is this the case for E46's? Should the lamp faliure warning appear? because I dont get any warning.

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Old 01-31-2006, 02:26 PM
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One side only is correct... at least you have one! In the US, we can't be trusted to use rear fog lights, so they don't let us even have the one!
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Old 01-31-2006, 02:29 PM
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Thanks for the input.
Strange why they dont have them both sides, just makes the rear lighting uneven...
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Old 01-31-2006, 02:39 PM
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Thanks for the input.
Strange why they dont have them both sides, just makes the rear lighting uneven...
Some cars do (My Land Rover, for example) some have only one side... Perhaps the one side concept is to keep you from thinking that the light is just someone standing on their brakes...
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Thanks for the input.
Strange why they dont have them both sides, just makes the rear lighting uneven...
Salvator is correct - and what you need when it's foggy enough to put your foglights on is safety, not looks .

One foglight on means you are visible, but when you brake, it's more obvious that you're braking than if you had to. This guideline only really applies to cars which integrate brake lights and foglights together in the same cluster; some cars which have rear fogs in a separate location to the main cluster (the previous generation Audi A6 springs to mind) have two working rear fogs, as there's no chance of the bright brakelights being lost in the haze of the foglights in bad weather.
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Salvator is correct - and what you need when it's foggy enough to put your foglights on is safety, not looks .

One foglight on means you are visible, but when you brake, it's more obvious that you're braking than if you had to. This guideline only really applies to cars which integrate brake lights and foglights together in the same cluster; some cars which have rear fogs in a separate location to the main cluster (the previous generation Audi A6 springs to mind) have two working rear fogs, as there's no chance of the bright brakelights being lost in the haze of the foglights in bad weather.
They still sorta look like brake lights, though. Maybe one in the middle like the MINI would be a better idea.
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One side only is correct... at least you have one! In the US, we can't be trusted to use rear fog lights, so they don't let us even have the one!
Based on how many BMW drivers I see using their front fog lights when there isnt any fog I cant say I blame them.
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I always laugh at the design of the previous version of the A6. The fog light switch was integrated in the headlight switch. Once the headlights are on, pull the knob out halfway for the front fogs and all the way for front and rear fogs. Based on the number of A6's you see with the rear fogs on, I'd bet that 90% of the owners don't understand (or probably even realize they have rear fogs).
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I always laugh at the design of the previous version of the A6. The fog light switch was integrated in the headlight switch. Once the headlights are on, pull the knob out halfway for the front fogs and all the way for front and rear fogs. Based on the number of A6's you see with the rear fogs on, I'd bet that 90% of the owners don't understand (or probably even realize they have rear fogs).
MB does the same thing. I'd prefer BMW's separate switches.
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Based on how many BMW drivers I see using their front fog lights when there isnt any fog I cant say I blame them.
True... but there have been many times when I wish I at least had the option to turn them on... at least make them a "hidden" option that has to be turned on by the dealer or something... Dealer makes money, I have rear fogs that I can use judiciously, its a win-win, versus now where I have to worry that someone is not going to see me...
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