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koncise 02-09-2004 09:16 PM

OEM vs. Replica Taillights
 
I promised myself this was one area I would buy OEM, and I still plan to. But since the savings are so ridiculous with the replica's, I thought I'd ask a few questions.

Here's a pair on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2458983716

Its says " (97-98 E36 REQUIRES REWIRING TO AVOID "CHECK BRAKE LIGHTS" WARNING MESSAGE FROM ON-BOARD COMPUTER)".... Is it true that error only occurs on 97-98 cars with replicas? Cause that was 1 of my 2 concerns, but if its true thats good for me.

The other thing is looks.. how much of a difference is there? Do they look really cheap? or is it more of a thing that only bimmer enthusiasts would notice?

I think that covers everything....

Thanks

Cosmic 325i 02-09-2004 09:33 PM

with the replicas you can see the red lens coming through the white lens when looing at them from an angle. they are noticable but i think im gonna get the replicas anyways because of the huge price difference...

Soldo 02-09-2004 10:01 PM

DON'T DO IT!
Just get the OEM's man, trust me, its a BIG difference, not to everyone, but to you it will be!

koncise 02-09-2004 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by SOLDOMATIC 325i
DON'T DO IT!
Just get the OEM's man, trust me, its a BIG difference, not to everyone, but to you it will be!

I should of put a disclaimer: Soldomatic, I already know what you'll say.



:)

BMW_7 02-10-2004 12:05 AM

yea, soldo if you're such a OEM freak buy the ZKW's! :P

1BADBMR 02-10-2004 01:53 AM

I have replicas & I am still kicking myself in the :moon: for buying them. I got it @ a real good price so I didn't really care. (But I do*mumble* )
The quality is not bad, but the thing that pisses me off is the "taillight failure" :mad:

Spend a bit more and get the real things, you'll be happy*th-up*

Soldo 02-10-2004 02:08 AM

HA HA!
see, jackass!
i was right!
hehehe, god i love it!
Just get the OEM's man!
they're not THAT much more, i'm gonna suck it up, and get the damn ZKW's, so stop bein a pansy and do it OEM!

koncise 02-10-2004 04:25 AM

Do any of you have really close-up pics of your replica taillights?

And soldo, $300 is THAT much more :P

Jon@Bimmersport 02-10-2004 04:49 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by 1BADBMR
I have replicas & I am still kicking myself in the :moon: for buying them. I got it @ a real good price so I didn't really care. (But I do*mumble* )
The quality is not bad, but the thing that pisses me off is the "taillight failure" :mad:

Spend a bit more and get the real things, you'll be happy*th-up*

i was wondering "why would he afford to buy the rears, but not the fronts?"

lol

koncise i might be able to hook u up with OEM stuff soon..for cheap too

SickFinga 02-10-2004 05:47 AM

I got replicas, got em on my birthday from a buddy of mine.
They go for 170 bucks for the pair.

Would I recommend OEM taillights?
I dunno, i never had any problems with mine. Buy headlights OEM only.

koncise 02-10-2004 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by E46_lover
koncise i might be able to hook u up with OEM stuff soon..for cheap too
Nice, definitely let me know if or when you can.

koncise 02-10-2004 05:56 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by SickFinga
I got replicas, got em on my birthday from a buddy of mine.
They go for 170 bucks for the pair.

Would I recommend OEM taillights?
I dunno, i never had any problems with mine. Buy headlights OEM only.

Do you know which replicas they are? Or where they were bought from?

1BADBMR 02-10-2004 06:16 AM

[quote]Originally posted by E46_lover
[b]i was wondering "why would he afford to buy the rears, but not the fronts?"

I guess I was just plain LAZY....This spring fo'sho

*th-up*

R_JAY 02-10-2004 06:55 AM

These lights aren't that bad at all. I have them and i'm very happy with them but if I were to do it over again i'd get OEM.

djcontra 02-10-2004 02:04 PM

I'm very happy with the look of my aftermarket tail lights. The only disappointment I had was the fitment of the bulbs. I had to shave some plastic to get the bulbs to twist in properly, but other than that 10 mins of work, I was very please with them. I can't see the red through the smoked areas either...
Oh yeah, mine also have check control as well. You have to cut a single piece of metal on the back to enable it, but since I dont use my OBC, I never bothered :)


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