Originally Posted by E46er
Well for the euro spec bimmers, they have euro parking light inorder for them to be seen at night. But couple months ago Bliss showed me that our E46' have euro parking light. (Which I think defeats the whole purpose of having reflectors) So I have no clue why the reflectors are there?
No, I mean... by law, our vehicles must have front and back reflectors for when our car is PARKED (i.e. engine off, no one in the car.) So if you're travelling down an unlit road and the car is parked off to the side, you'll see the little reflectors shining back, and can avoid the car. You'll notice on some cars there is a square or some odd shape in the tail light which is a reflector. The front reflector must be viewable from both the front, and side of the vehicle.
Here are some examples. The reflector lights up with the rest of the brake lights in these examples, but if the car is off the reflectors will shine light back at oncoming drivers so they know there is a parked car on the side of the road.
On this old Accord you can see the reflector in the bottom outer part of the tail light:
Here is a Toyota Celica tail light... the reflector is above the reverse light.
On the Mazda-3 (and some other newer cars) the reflector is separate from the tail light.. in this case, it's located along the bottom part of the bumper.\
e36 front turn signals are entire reflectors...
e39's had to add reflectors on the edges of the headlights...
So I'm wondering if the e46 coupe did not meet these standards so they were forced to add the reflectors on? Are the e46 coupe turn signals different from sedan turn signals? How come the sedan turn signals met these specifications, and coupe's didn't? What's so different about the design?