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Old 02-20-2002, 12:32 AM   #1
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E36 clear tailights?

Alright, I have a stupid question to ask you all, hehe.

Anyways, where in Toronto can I purchase the OEM Clear taillights with the check control?

How much can I expect to pay through purchasing it @ the dealer vs. purchasing it at a performance shop, etc?
I prefer NOT to have the Taiwanese immitations though please!
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Old 02-20-2002, 12:51 AM   #2
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At the dealer they ran me about $500 for the E36, but the performance store wanted aboout the same. maybe about $20 cheaper. I think your best bet is to get the lights at the dealership, unless prices for them dropped alot at the perf shops.
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Old 02-20-2002, 09:47 AM   #3
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I think you're better off just getting it from the dealer. I got mine from the dealer and paid around the same amount as Bliss did.

I looked at the ones at the performance shops but they didn't come with the bulbs or the holders and I don't know how good the seal is on the aftermarket ones so water might get in.
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Old 02-20-2002, 09:53 AM   #4
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I agree, I've heard some bad things about aftermarket taillight assemblys, they leak too!
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Old 02-20-2002, 10:04 AM   #5
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Definitely go OEM!! If you put both of them up to each other, you'll notice a difference in the colouring and quality.

Pay the difference, it's worth it!
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Old 02-20-2002, 04:46 PM   #6
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hmm

should i contact the parts department if i want to pick it up at TC BMW?
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Old 02-20-2002, 05:19 PM   #7
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Yeah, call them up! See if they're in stock. Sometimes different dealerships offer different prices, so call a bunch of them up.
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Old 02-21-2002, 12:32 AM   #8
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hmm

So Bliss...
what if I try BC Auto, or other performance shops? Will I run into the risk of fake immitations that might not fit properly or where I'll have sealing problems on the tailights?
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Old 02-21-2002, 01:02 AM   #9
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Go to T&C BMW. The rear are on sale ($50.00 off each!). I picked them up two weeks ago. Not sure when the sale ends.
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braindamage....
did you go directly to the parts department or did you consult someone specifically?
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Most performance shops, including BC auto sell imitations, and yes, there is always a risk with leakage or moiture getting in because of the poor quality. Better off spending a little more and getting the OEM.
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Old 02-21-2002, 10:31 AM   #12
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I just went to parts. They looked up the price on the system and told me they were on sale. I heard so many horror story (water leaking into the lens) about no name rears. I almost purchase a set from Speedorma and then I took a very, very close look and they are sh*t. I did get the no name front corner. I was surprise they are ok.
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I know that BC Auto carries the imitation ones that are made in Taiwan so I don't think they will be good. I also got the imitation front corners and they seem to be ok too. But play it safe and spend the extra money on the taillights.
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Old 02-21-2002, 10:38 AM   #14
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I got mine from procarparts.com
it's the place that sells them all over ebay.

I got them for about $120 USD and they are really nice. I havent put them in yet, but i dont see any manufacturing flaws or anything with them. I have their front clear corners as well, and havent had a problem in over a year. They're made in korea though which isn't considered too great, but oh well. It's what i can afford. I can't afford $500 for tail lights =/
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Alright guys...

I just want your opinions, but is this expensive?

I called TC BMW and they quoted me $195.50 for EACH tailight which comes to a total of $391.00 before taxes. A grand total of $449.65 after taxes.

Do you think it's worth the money or should I shop around somewhere that provides a better deal, give that I am looking for the OEM clears?
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