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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 02-14-2012, 08:26 PM
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Been meaning to ask another stupid question

Headlight washers, is it me or are they useless. I just don't get it, if your headlights are that dirty that you need to spray them with water (and not clean with a towel) where have you been driving? I am sure this must be a northern thing that removes ice when sprayed and is it warm water? When I look at new cars I see two big squares in the front that breaks up the flow of the front end. Sometimes I press the lever by mistake and it sprays on my hood and messes up my hood that was clean. Plus real sure they don't put them there for free. I didn't bring this up to waste your time I was checking out the front end and they pop out at you, lol.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:39 PM
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Sorry everyone, I left my page up and the wife decided to have a little fun, lol. For the record I'm not a huge fan of them either. Also surprised she knew how to start a new thread.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:44 PM
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I don't want em. I'm going heated seats and fold down, but no cold weather package just to avoid them.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:02 AM
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They are useless and prone to leaking with age.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:06 AM
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They're useless in Louisiana! Their most important use is to remove built up salt spray from your headlights when driving on wet salted roads. The wet salty water will dry and form an opaque film on both the windshield and headlights. One can literally not see out of the windshield when that happens. Same happens to headlights therefore the headlight washers! Even though they really do have a valuable use if you live in areas that salt their roads, the vast majority of times I want to wash the windshield, I don't want the headlights washed. BMW should provide a separate switch for the headlight washers.

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:24 AM
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in another thread someone posted that headlight washers are a law in Europe when you have xenons because ice can change the direction of the beam and thus blind someone..
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:37 PM
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They are required in Europe.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:14 AM
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I don't have them on my 328 but they are very useful. In the winter it's very wet here from the melting snow. Combine the wet roads with dust and dirt and the headlights get dirty and aren't as effective. The washers solve this problem. I don't see why this would just be a northern state issue. It rains In Louisiana doesn't it?
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:35 AM
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Is there an extra fluid reserve for them? or does it come from the windshield washer fluid?
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:37 AM
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I love having them, no dirt roads for me but I figured an exta rinse once in a while can't be a bad thing
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:05 AM
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Hey no big deal, guess I just apply common sense as if my car is dirty just to put a light squirt over it really does not accomplish much for all the parts, pieces, cost, and overall placement that are involved in the process. I have never felt the need to push the button but like I said no big deal here. The car has a good look to it.
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