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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 11-21-2015, 06:24 PM
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1996 328i tail light question

I have a few questions about the exterior lights on a 1996 328i.

1. When the car is running and the lights are on, do the lights stay on after you turn off the ignition?

For example, if you're driving at night with your lights on and your car stalls, would your lights stay on or turn off with the engine?

2. If the lights are turned on, and the engine is off, would the lights dim or flicker as the engine is started?

Just trying to help a friend, I appreciate any help!
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:29 PM
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Sounds like battery. Maybe low. The severity of the dimming should clue you in as to possible cause.
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply, I'm not trying solve a problem. Just trying to figure out what the lights are actually supposed to do for this particular year/model.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:07 AM
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... 1. When the car is running and the lights are on, do the lights stay on after you turn off the ignition?
Suppose the light switch is in the second, rightmost position. The headlights and fog lights will go out when you switch off the ignition to the radio/accessory position (position 1) or to completely off (position 0). The position lights will stay on until you return the light switch to completely off.
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