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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 12-09-2012, 01:56 PM
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This car gets stranger by the day

Today I came outside and my left side lights were on. The angle eyes and the tail lights on the left side were on. All other lights were off. All the switches were off. This car is really nuts. It likes toss out a malfunction of one sort or another just for fun. Anti sway, active steering, coolant level. All of these systems, and others too, just toss out an error every month or so, then go away for a few months, then show up again. The left side lights is a new one though. My parking distance assist has been giving me issues lately, but that one is real. One of the sensors is messed up. Always something with this car, but I do still love it!
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:04 PM
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This is actually a feature of our car. You must have hit your turn signal indicator by mistake when you got out of your car. This is described in your owners manual. Apparently this is something that is needed in Europe, but frankly, doesn't seem to be of much use here in the US.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:21 PM
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Thanks! Can't imagine why someone would want to do this, but thanks for the info.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:16 PM
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Thanks! Can't imagine why someone would want to do this, but thanks for the info.
It's a European thing, roads are often a lot narrower than in the US, and this allows the vehicle to be more visible when parked. That being said, in all my trips to Europe, I have yet to see a car parked this way.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:23 AM
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Hey campfamily,

When you first said that is a feature of the car I thought you meant the random errors these cars toss out all the time. After owning BMW's for more then 25 years that should be include that in the manual.

Car may throw random error codes. This is normal and should be taken to dealer so that they may charge you 1,000,000 to repair.

BMW really does suck you in once you drive them. It's an addiction.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:50 AM
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Learn to grow your own and work on it yourself.lol!All those faults sounds like low voltage maybe.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:21 AM
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All those faults sounds like low voltage maybe.
That's my thought, as well. These cars are battery killers, so if you take a lot of frequent but short drives there is a chance that the battery is not getting a full charge. That can manifest itself with loss of profile settings, active steering inop at startup from time to time, and other gremlins. I finally replaced my battery at about 60K miles and all of those little things immediately went away.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:26 PM
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It's not a fault but as Campfamily noted it is a feature. If you park on a narrow road or in an exposed area where visibility may be a problem you can activate either side of the parking lights. Once the car is off, push up on the turn stalk to turn on the exterior right side of the car and push down on the turn stalk to turn on the exterior left side of the car. Its better than position one on the light switch since only the exterior lights come on as opposed to the interior lights and the dash lights.
Use caution when using them since they will kill the battery.
I have used them many times when I am waiting in the car on a one way street and on several curves in a road where visibility is decreased.
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