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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 11-24-2012, 09:56 AM
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Loose tail light panel on '13 F30

Corner of tail light panel sticks out about 1/8" (I pulled it out a bit more for the photo)

I can push it back in flush, but I don't hear/feel any sort of click, and it just pops back out.

Obviously I can simply take it back to the dealer... but I'm curious to know if this has happened to others... is there a quick fix so I don't have to take the car in?

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:14 PM
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That ain't right. Mine is flush. Take it back.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:16 PM
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I recall reading a similar post many moons back, I think it was on a 2012 model year. Probably a stripped screw hole - dealer should be able to replace the lens. Doesn't seem to be a common problem.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:16 PM
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There is an SIB issued in October 2012 for this problem - you need to see your dealer and it will be fixed under a warranty

SI B 63 05 12 Tail Lamp is loose in the trunk lid









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Corner of tail light panel sticks out about 1/8" (I pulled it out a bit more for the photo)

I can push it back in flush, but I don't hear/feel any sort of click, and it just pops back out.

Obviously I can simply take it back to the dealer... but I'm curious to know if this has happened to others... is there a quick fix so I don't have to take the car in?

Thanks

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:57 PM
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I had the same problem - dealer fixed it in a few hours under warranty.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:02 PM
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I received my car last Oct and had the exact same problem, but with both sides. Was disappointed and told my sales rep. He got it fixed and gave me a $100 gift card to spend in the BMW boutique. So, make sure you tell your sales rep. These are supposed to be high quality cars.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:46 PM
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I had the same issue with my 2012. It took three days to fix it because they didn't have the light in stock.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:41 AM
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Happened to me - had to take it in twice to get it first "fixed" then replaced.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:43 PM
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This was a know fault in 2012 320i over here in Australia ... was not a recall .. but was flagged for "fix next service" on their Service system.

A friend of mine had the problem .. I have not had the problem ... it was fixed same day he took it in ... couple of hours ...
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:46 AM
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I noticed this on the loaner I've had for two weeks when tossing my gym bag in the trunk this morning. There was no obvious way to snap it back into place either.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:26 AM
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Surprised this is happening to so many people!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:51 PM
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What a coincidence! Just noticed this on mine today!
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:18 PM
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Loose tail light panel on '13 F30

I was shocked to come out to my two month old '13 335xi and find this issue (both sides). The dealer was able to "fix" the right side side but they had to order a new lamp for the left side, which will require another trip to the service dept once the part comes in. Slightly disappointed but I still love my new car!


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Old 09-13-2013, 11:22 AM
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Happened last weekend... I was showing off the "fake punt my car to open the trunk" when I noticed that the right panel was loose exactly as pictured by OP! I popped it back in but as I'm leasing the car, I hope this doesn't become an issue within the next 3 years! (2013 328i).
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:10 PM
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:18 PM
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I had the same problem - dealer fixed it in a few hours under warranty.
+1.

My SA didn't even blink when I asked him about the same issue with our MY13. They fixed it under warranty. Said it was a known issue.
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:41 PM
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I just saw it on my car too. The funny thing is that I remember seeing a loose panel on a loaner car too. A plastic tab snapped due to all the slamming of the trunk.

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:42 PM
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Re: Loose tail light panel on '13 F30

I just saw this same issue tonight on my 2013 328xi. Like some others here, when I push it in there's no snap or anything and it just comes immediately back out. I'm going to take it to the dealer as soon as I can this week.

Maybe this is a silly question, but is there any danger in driving with the light like this over the next few days? Specifically, is there a chance it could break free completely? It will be at least two or three days before I can get the car to the dealer.

Those who have had this problem, did you continue to drive as normal without incident before getting it fixed? How long did you drive it like this before getting it fixed.

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Old 10-19-2013, 11:57 PM
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I have this issue too on the drivers side, haven't had time to take it in.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:41 AM
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I had it, and it took a few days to get it fixed - just had to wait while the parts were ordered.

In the meantime, I just used scotch tape to hold it down - it works for a couple days, then you'll need new tape.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:25 PM
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Got my car back from the dealer a few days ago. My service receipt confirms that there is an SIB on this issue. The tabs on my tail light were broken, so they had to replace the whole unit. According to the receipt, once they had the new tail light they bent the metal tab out per the SIB and replaced the light.
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