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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-10-2015, 07:54 PM
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Location: Thousand Oaks CA
Join Date: Sep 2007
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Mein Auto: 1997 528i
False bulb out warning - need 5007's for tail

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--"bulb out" warning momentarily comes on, left/right both but not simultaneously
--turn signal occasionally blinks fast but when it does, bulbs still blink
--new 1156 bulbs for turn, brake, reverse (97 bmw) didn't solve

--found I needed to put in the specific bulb called out for tail (running) lights- 5007's

Root cause
--"bulb out" circuit checks continuity by measuring resistance in circuit. The wrong bulb has too high resistance (probably because watt rating too low for application)
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:57 AM
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Seek to understand,^Value
Location: San Jose, California
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 24,225
Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
This is good information for the bulb thread, found by typing /bulb f3 in the bestlinks ...
- Glovebox printouts for emergency use (1) and how to save $ money to qualify for free shipping on UPS/DHL/USPS/FedEx by stocking O-rings & gaskets & bulbs & vacuum hoses & fuses & wiper blade inserts & belts & bearings & oil filters & cabin air filters & engine air filters & fluids in your garage whenever ordering from the recommended parts suppliers.
Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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