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Old 12-04-2013, 01:55 PM
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Left daytime running/parking lamp (Bulbs are fine)

I recently (5 months back) purchased an 07 328xi coupe from a private dealer. I was told that the left halo bulb was out and that it would be a cheap fix. I went ahead and purchased the car thinking there was no real issue. Eventually, the Left daytime running/parking lamp error turned into a Right daytime running/parking lamp error which eventually turned into a "Right turn signal" error. The point is, the bulb clearly isn't the issue. To be sure, I took the car to a mechanic friend of mine who confirmed both bulbs are fine.

The errors come on when I turn the engine on, but sometimes occur while I'm driving too.

I am wondering, what are some possible issues that could cause the above errors? Does this sound like a wiring issue or perhaps something worse? I'm afraid to bring the car to a dealer who will charge me $100+ an hour just to find the source of the problem.

As a follow up, if I live with the constant errors being thrown in the car, could this issue turn into something potentially serious?

I appreciate the help, thanks!
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:18 PM
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well I am sure you dont want to hear this but, never purchase a car with a know issue until it is fixed or with something in writing that when the issue is resolved then you will purchase the car or what ever the fix is the dealer will pay for the repairs. Now what to do,,,, go back to the dealer and see if they will fix the issue, Highly unlikely but worth a try and if they say no and there are a lot of people on the lot raise hell and make a big deal in front of everyone and run people off and they might change their mind, next thing if that fails get a code reader and read the codes and see what the issue is. other than that maybe some one else can give you guidance on your problem but it could be an expensive fix

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Old 12-04-2013, 02:23 PM
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well I am sure you dont want to hear this but, never purchase a car with a know issue until it is fixed or with something in writing that when the issue is resolved then you will purchase the car or what ever the fix is the dealer will pay for the repairs. Now what to do,,,, go back to the dealer and see if they will fix the issue, Highly unlikely but worth a try and if they say no and there are a lot of people on the lot raise hell and make a big deal in front of everyone and run people off and they might change their mind, next thing if that fails get a code reader and read the codes and see what the issue is. other than that maybe some one else can give you guidance on your problem but it could be an expensive fix

good luck
Alright, I'll ask him if he'd be willing to help cover the cost to fix the issue. I'd imagine this is a long shot but thanks for the tip.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:27 PM
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Check all electrical contacts. Clean and reseat.

Worst case, faulty FRM. In which you need a new module coded in. Can be bought used off eBay, CL, etc. Revision doesn't matter but the newer, the better.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:49 PM
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Check all electrical contacts. Clean and reseat.

Worst case, faulty FRM. In which you need a new module coded in. Can be bought used off eBay, CL, etc. Revision doesn't matter but the newer, the better.
Hey, thanks for the heads up! I did some research and the footwell module definitely sounds like it could be the cause of my issues. Of course, I'd need to diagnose this to be sure. Is this something that someone with little experience with cars could diagnose or am I going to have to take this to an Indy?

Also, if you could estimate - what would the cost of replacing and recoding the FRM be? The Indy will most likely charge me ~$100 / hr.
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