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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 08-03-2013, 12:36 PM
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Mein Auto: 06 525i; 6spd, sport, nav
Parking lamp failure

Hi there,

I have a 2006 525i. My left parking lamp failed recently, and I put some LED lamps from eBay into it. I wasn't going for crazy brightness so I got some $40ish ones. Shortly after installing them, I started having electrical problems. The steering wheel would stop moving downward when starting, then I'd have no power until I opened and shut the driver door. Random clock resets as well. Removing the LEDs fixed this issue, so I'm a little wary of installing anything other than OEMs.

What I'm wondering is, A: am I crazy? Are there good ones out there which are properly made outside of China? B: It looks like there are bulbs inside of the orange housing. Can I get some automobile bulbs from Canadian Tire or something and switch them out? The guide at the store said they're a standard H type (can't recall the number at present).

Thank you!
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:27 AM
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MTEC has the brightest angel eye for the prelci E60's and it wont cause any electrical problems.
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