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Old 08-23-2006, 01:44 AM   #1
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number plate lights

Hi all,

i have a e46, and the rear number plate lights are fused. i took the car to the bmw service center, and they claim that i have to buy a new holder get it painted, and get the new bulbs in there.. is that true? cuz he said that he has seen that in a couple of cars, not many and in all cases, they sold them a new holder, as the actual bulb holder gets corroded. please let me know how this works? or can ijust get the bulb replaced.
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Old 08-23-2006, 11:04 AM   #2
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Which dealer did you go to? Go to Elite and ask for Mike at the parts counter, he'll tell you what to do.

If it's the bulb holder that go corroded, the you'll have to buy that peice with the holder on, I had to do this for my winter beater. $65 each from ford, so I bought a $10 set from CT and installed that...

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Old 08-23-2006, 12:04 PM   #3
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He's correct. The e46 bulb holders corrode, had to replace them as well. It's a common issue on the e46's.

You can just replace the bulb though. The corrosion isn't going to cause major problems.. when it does, it'll just stop working then you can replace the bulb holder. Not sure why he said it needs to be painted though.
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