View Full Version : Why does the new 5 not come with LED taillights?

08-30-2004, 12:07 AM
Now, I may be wrong here, but I went and looked at the taillights of the new 5, and they look like regular bulbs inside.

I don't get it. Every other car has it.

08-30-2004, 02:41 AM
i'm pretty sure they have LED taillights
i've seen em on an E60 before

08-30-2004, 08:39 AM
they don't get LED now, so that they will have something add 2 years from now when they do the face-lift.

08-30-2004, 08:59 AM
Yeah, for whatever reason they don't have them, seem plenty driving around, and all of them didn't have the led tails.... I dunno.

08-30-2004, 09:02 AM
I think the companies that supplies the LED sold out most of their stock to ricers, you know for those LED washer jets, LED tire valve caps, LED exhaust tips & so on, BMW has to wait for the next shipment :D

Justin e36
08-30-2004, 09:27 AM
Um... I believe it has both bulbs *and* LED.

If I'm not mistaken... the brakes are pressure sensitive. The regular driving lights get brighter if you hit the brakes normally. (bulbs). The inside ends of the tail lights are for emergency braking.. when you slam on the brakes those lights light up as well... these hard-braking lights are LED.

It could be another series BMW which does this.. but I'm fairly sure it's the 5ers.

Why would they do this?... I'm not exactly sure.. but I'm thinking it might be because if you constantly change the resistance of the LED's from dim.. to fully bright it may make them wear out quicker... so they use bulbs for that part.

Correct me if I'm wrong...

08-30-2004, 09:28 AM
Justin that is the newer E46 brake lights you are describing there

Justin e36
08-30-2004, 09:33 AM
newer 3-series?... you sure?
I saw this happen on the road ahead of me.. I'm almost positive it was a 5er... the LED part is a circle.


08-30-2004, 09:36 AM
I'm100% sure on the newer E46 models, but yet to see it on a E60, I'll keep my eye out

Justin e36
08-30-2004, 10:54 AM
Here we go:

"Brake Force Display enlarges the brake light area when the driver brakes sharply. When the driver applies the brakes hard, or upon activation of the ABS, the rear taillights join the brakelights at the same intensity to warn the vehicles behind that hard braking is taking place. This technology uses Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology and offers an extra split second for the driver behind to react to heavy braking ahead."


08-30-2004, 11:35 AM
Guys, Justin's right about only the brake lights being LED. I saw one just friday night on my way home from work.

08-30-2004, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by Gamite
Now, I may be wrong here, but I went and looked at the taillights of the new 5, and they look like regular bulbs inside.

I don't get it. Every other car has it.

How 'bout *cost*?

Gotta keep the price down, I suppose - that's why Canadian speedos only have the markings in km/h rather than both (Km/h and mph).

09-01-2004, 11:46 PM
hmm.. that's it, I'm going to a dealership.

09-02-2004, 02:30 AM
there are no LEDs on my tail light. the 'dots' you see are from the reflector. this is quite unfortunate. the brake light (in the middle) is LED.
there is also a line of orange LED in each of the front corner.

M3ti Compact
09-02-2004, 03:10 AM
Trucks and busses had them first as taillights and brakelights...cars followed after...

Justin e36
09-02-2004, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by Gamite
hmm.. that's it, I'm going to a dealership.

check that link I posted up there... ^^^^