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Old 04-07-2014, 01:30 PM
The_STiG_US The_STiG_US is offline
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Door Panel question...

Hi guys,

I had the common outer door handle failure where the handle will pull but not open the door. So I followed instructions from this forum which was great. However, I do have a question regarding a small light that was left in the panel. I cannot figure out where it goes. I have included two pics of the light so maybe someone may recognize what this is and where it connects to. Aside from that the initial reason for opening the door panel was to fix the door handle by replacing the carrier and that work just fine. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:23 AM
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Scott ZHP Scott ZHP is offline
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Look carefully at the interior handle/flap assembly. Prob fits in there to illuminate it.

Some X5's had illuminated interior door handles, probably depends on the packages it came with.
The LEDs were always fitted, even if the illuminated handles were not. Here's a pic of the handle with the light channel.

You can retrofit the handles with the light channels (that clear thingy, the LED clips into it), but they're about $50ea.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:14 PM
ants_oz ants_oz is offline
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My Euro spec X5 has the illuminated interior handles. Every one I looked at here in Australia prior to purchase had them. My money would be on Scott's suggestion.
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