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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 09-30-2012, 09:16 PM
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Auto Headlights always on

YES I Searched! LOL. Did not come up with anything. Even tried google. Is it normal for the lo-beams (HID'S) to be on when I have the switch in Auto and it's sunny as could be down here in FL during the day? Or is this "daylight running lights"? 2ndly how do you dis-able DRL's?
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:44 PM
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Your fog lights are on lol. my lights are on at all times the car is on, if you put them on auto and your fog switch is on they will be on. turn off the for switch then they will be auto.
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not sure why your low beams always stay on but just dont keep it on auto and for the DRL you will need the dealer to take it off or find someone with inpa/isoft and have them reprogram it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:21 AM
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Your fog lights are on.
^This
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:10 AM
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Fog lights are on... Why doesn't the owner's manual cover this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually looked up and read it. Thank you guys. DRL's are fine then. Thank you!
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Fog lights are on... Why doesn't the owner's manual cover this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually looked up and read it. Thank you guys. DRL's are fine then. Thank you!
If it does cover everything you need to know about your E39, then who need Bimmerfest?
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:33 AM
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^exactly. I'm glad it's not a sensor or something.
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Well, leaving work today, sunny as hell in FL. had the fogs off, Headlight switch in auto. Lo beams were on. If I turn the lights off, I have NO DRL's. Not sure what's going on. Is the light sensor on the dash or up by the rearview mirror? Driving me nuts.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:33 PM
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Well, leaving work today, sunny as hell in FL. had the fogs off, Headlight switch in auto. Lo beams were on. If I turn the lights off, I have NO DRL's. Not sure what's going on. Is the light sensor on the dash or up by the rearview mirror? Driving me nuts.
Both - on the dash and in the rearview mirror.
Only way to find out is to hook up the GT1. It will give you a quick diagnostic. Not the fix. Maybe one sensor is not working, and the other one thinks it's dark. As a result, it gives the command to turn on the lights.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:40 PM
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damn it. I'm betting one or both are bad.


Edit- They work fine. I guess it wasn't sunny enought the other evening....
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:15 PM
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In the GM products (up to 2004 or 5 is what I tried) the daytime running lights go out when the ebrake is applied - hence barely make the switch and the lights may go out with the handle on the first click. Just make sure it's not dragging. Might work....
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