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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-08-2005, 05:48 PM
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Solaris bulbs

I have the Solaris bulbs in my front & side clears, which are a nice additional touch. These are amber bulbs that have a silvered coating on them that's basically what is used on so-called "one-way glass". This lets them light up amber, but I notice that the coating cuts down the brightness noticeably. Has anyone had any issues with their turn signals not being as bright as they normally are due to using these bulbs? Seems like they might be a bit harder to see in the daytime.

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Old 02-08-2005, 06:38 PM
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I just put Solaris Invisibulbs in my front clears last week, and I love'em! I know what you're refering to; when I had one side in I put on the hazard flashers and noticed that the originals were a little brighter than the Solaris ones. However the difference was negligible and didn't bother me in the least. It certainly won't have any effect as a safety issue. If you don't see them side by side, you can't tell they're any less bright. But they sure make all the difference when they're not on! They make a huge improvement to the appearance of the front end.

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I too just added Solaris Invisibulbs for my front blinkers and they're noticably darker than stock.

I'm in the process of getting these stealth bulbs as replacements. They're considered as bright as stock.

http://www.bimmerfreak.com/e53products.htm
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does your front corners take bulbs w/ 180 degree notches?

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