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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:22 PM
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How do you remove the headlight switch?

I've been toying on replacing the headlight switch to get the rear fog light function. But, I don't really want to spend the money to have the dealer do it. How is it done? Does the wood trim pop off or is it attached to the panel, and if so, how does it come off to give access to the 4 screws that hold the switch in (as can be seen from the picture of the switch).
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:42 PM
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I was at the dealer's to have the trunk/lid switches replaced (they stopped working and couldn't open the hatch, only the small lid and then only with the remote or interior switch!). The trim is a press fit into nylon inserts...there are pins that push into them. So, with a non-marring pry tool, if you start with the metal strip on the bottom, you should be able to pop it off. It'll be a week or so before the headlight switch I ordered shows up (adds rear fog light functionality) before I can tell for sure, though. I delayed shipping so I could be home (out of town), otherwise, I'd have it. We get some nasty weather, fog and snow, and I think a rear fog is a big safety feature.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:49 PM
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This might help:

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece...set-67021.html
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:15 PM
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Headlight switch is screwed to trim by 4 torx screws. As has already been mentioned, the trim press-fits into the dash and is retained by 4 clips. Tools suggested in previous reply will work well, I removed mine with finger nails and a wooden lollipop stick
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:24 PM
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keep me nformed...was thinking about this mod months ago and it fell of my radar screen... will be interested to see how easy you find it to DIY...and how worthwhile the rear fog is to you...where did you order the switch from and how much was it???
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:53 PM
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ecstuning for $140. Just got the tracking, it should arrive on Friday. Sounds easy to replace. Will know soon!
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:20 PM
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Well, it took all of about 10-minutes to pry off the trim, unscrew the old switch, unplug it, then swap in the new switch. I had an old putty knife that had rounded over edges, and used that to pry it up, then just pulled, not sure where my plastic trim tools are at the moment?! The connector was a little bit of a pain to get out, but the tab lock isn't horrible. On some other versions, there's a lever that locks the connector in...not on this model.

Anyway, if you haven't seen the rear of a GT with the fog lights illuminated, it lights up a round section on each side. If you're standing close and looking down, you may not notice much...the lens on the thing has a fairly good cutoff, and you need to be behind the vehicle to get the full effect. A quick, simple safety upgrade IMHO. Truly just plug and play...
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:47 PM
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:10 PM
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It's kind of dirty at the moment, and I've got things torn apart trying to install a trailer wiring harness...maybe later. Having trouble getting a couple of interior trim pieces off. The instructions I have aren't very helpful on the panels that need to come off...on some, they showed the screws and fasteners, but not on all.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:31 PM
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Well, we haven't had a dry day where it was worth washing the car since it would end up just as dirty after a mile or so, so I took a picture of the rear showing how it looks with the rear fog lights illuminated. If you aren't familiar with the rear, the fogs are the bright circles towards the middle of the vehicle. They are fairly directional, and you might not notice them much walking by, you do have to get down low, so they should be less of an annoyance to people following than on some brands I've noticed.

I have to wonder why some people find it useful to run around with both the front rear fog lights on in clear weather! I find it sort of like driving with your high beams on in traffic...not nice.

Anyway, I think for the relatively modest investment, it was worth it for this safety enhancement that, to me, anyway, should have come from the factory here in the USA market.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:02 PM
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Ok, easiest mod ever...

Maybe not, but this really painless. I did mine in less than ten minutes. Make sure you have a star driver and the right tools to remove the molding and it drops right in.

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