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      11-06-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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Angry X3 Tail Light, What to expect to Light Up???

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My wife has her X3 28xi since this July. I just noticed that our tail light only "partially" lit up (see attached pic). But I have seen other X3 have full tail light lighting up. What's the deal? If BMW designed X3 tail light different due to the size of engine or xenon vs non xenon package, that is way too absurd... Isn't it? They all look the same during broad day light, but at night do they look totally different...

Or, my tail light is malfunctioning...?
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      11-06-2012, 03:06 AM   #2
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It IS the xenon v non-xenon package. If you have xenons then you have the 'full' tail light t-bars at the back. If you only have halogens, your tail light will be as above.
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      11-06-2012, 05:42 AM   #3
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It IS the xenon v non-xenon package. If you have xenons then you have the 'full' tail light t-bars at the back. If you only have halogens, your tail light will be as above.
Exactly !

Example; I have the xenon package and my tail light are like that (LED bars)



And with de xenon package you have "angel eyes" in front

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Thanks for the reply... I have the non xenon package, by mistake actually.

The purchase happened pretty sudden when we found out it was going to cost $6-8k for maintaining our old 325 in the next 12 months (trade in value at $9500 at the time). It made sense to trade in to the same dealership who said they would waive the 90k miles service fee of $800 that's already performed on the car.

It was a hot day and I had a late night working... Talked to the dealer and finally found the right interior color combination. Dealer said it was fully loaded except comfort access (actually he said none of the cars in his lot had comfort access). Well got the car happy and few days later when I was about to drive it at night I realized it was no xenon...!!!!! Darn it!!!! I would never save money on HID!!! Later on I found out comfort access actually goes to the same package as Xenon, called convenient package priced at only $1200....

Anyway now I feel even more resentful at myself when the tail light is even uglier and less functional (safety concern) just because I bought the car too fast without all the fact checking....!!!

At the dealership that day, Wife said she didn't care about comfort access and few weeks later she was like, how come I can't open the door like you do to your M3. I was like, you said you didn't want comfort access... She was like, I didn't even know what it was....

Anyway, lesson learned and will do triple fact checking the next time. I did save $1200 for something less desirable.... But based on how BMW is packaging all the options, and with its subpar service experience I have had with the M3, I would say my heart with go with MBenz or Audi next time....
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Don't we "adaptive" brake lights in the US? They don't all light up unless you are really hard on to the brakes.
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Exactly !

Example; I have the xenon package and my tail light are like that (LED bars)



And with de xenon package you have "angel eyes" in front
This is one of the reason my next car would never be a BMW. You would think that when you buy a BMW, you'll get that signature halo light effects, but NO. BMW would rather sacrifice their name for a few extra $$$. They should have angel eyes even with the halogens.
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They do have the halo effect, just not LED.
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i think bmw should make it a standard feature on all cars to come equipt with xenons
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I'll second that... and how about a standard rear view camera... hell, Hyundai has a camera standard.
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i think bmw should make it a standard feature on all cars to come equipt with xenons
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i think bmw should make it a standard feature on all cars to come equipt with xenons
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They do have the halo effect, just not LED.
No, They don't...
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No, They don't...
My bad, got confused. Thanks.
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I'll second that... and how about a standard rear view camera... hell, Hyundai has a camera standard.
Buy a Hyundai, then.
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Buy a Hyundai, then.
Or just check your spec......

I waited 6 months to get my car with Xenons fitted....
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Exactly !

Example; I have the xenon package and my tail light are like that (LED bars)



And with de xenon package you have "angel eyes" in front
I had a question about this. I also built an X3 28i with the xenon package and I was told that it will not come with LED tail lights. I guess I will just have to wait and see.
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i think bmw should make it a standard feature on all cars to come equipt with xenons
No thanks, I dont want to spend 200 dollars to replace a xenon light bulb when it inevitably fails. Happy with my halogens.
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No thanks, I dont want to spend 200 dollars to replace a xenon light bulb when it inevitably fails. Happy with my halogens.
With that logic, you probably don't want to buy anything high performance
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No thanks, I dont want to spend 200 dollars to replace a xenon light bulb when it inevitably fails. Happy with my halogens.
How can anyone stand the cheap Halogen look on any BMW is beyond me.
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I hate to hear when someone makes a quick purchase without knowing all the facts.
I'm no expert, but I knew more about the X3 options the day I signed the papers than any of the salesmen I spoke to at 5 different dealerships.
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Well thats an added surprise for me for my March 2014 car. I ordered the xenons as part of the visibility pack but didnt realise that the rears were LED also.

Are indicators standard bulbs or LED also?

Are the internal lights LED - forgot to check when i was looking at one the weekend
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Indicators and brake lamps are incandescent which is a pity since LED's were introduced to the 3 series years ago. BMW could take a lesson from Audi on lighting where LED is almost standard.
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How can anyone stand the cheap Halogen look on any BMW is beyond me.
I can honestly say I've never noticed what the lights look like while I'm driving.
Must've upset James Bond when he drove his Aston Martin at that mirror in Goldfinger though.
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