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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 10-02-2012, 02:01 AM
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Rear Tail Lamp (LED) replacement - 2003 530i

Where is the best place to get a rear tail lamp bulb (LED) for a 2003 530i (middle strip bulb labeled #2 in the owner's manual diagram)? According to the owner's manual, it's the only bulb in the tail light assembly that is LED. Is it easy to change this bulb? Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:39 AM
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I have never heard of that bulb replacement before but anything is possible. I'd try the dealer for something small like that.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:14 PM
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Where is the best place to get a rear tail lamp bulb (LED) for a 2003 530i (middle strip bulb labeled #2 in the owner's manual diagram)? According to the owner's manual, it's the only bulb in the tail light assembly that is LED. Is it easy to change this bulb? Thanks!
Not user replaceable, you have to buy a new tail light assembly. I would at least tear into it and see if you get lucky and it is only a loose connector or bad cold solder joint first.

You may need to remove the assembly to inspect it. It is held on by a few small nuts removed from the rear.
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Are you sure it is led

I just had my blub go bad about an hour ago...looked in the trunk to find a little socket that twisted into place with a bulb that twisted into the socket. Just a cheap bulb in there in my 02.
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I just had my blub go bad about an hour ago...looked in the trunk to find a little socket that twisted into place with a bulb that twisted into the socket. Just a cheap bulb in there in my 02.
The tail light running light, (when you turn on the headlights or parking lights) is LED. The brake, back up, and turn signal bulbs are all traditional incandescent bulbs. I would assume you were changing a brake light bulb.
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The tail light running light, (when you turn on the headlights or parking lights) is LED. The brake, back up, and turn signal bulbs are all traditional incandescent bulbs. I would assume you were changing a brake light bulb.
Yes, it was my third brake light on the rear deck. I didn't know what the #2 bulb from the photo was as the OP didn't post a pic . I know in my z3 the thrid brake light is a sealed unit that does use LED technology which is what had me mixed up I guess.
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