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      07-08-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy First Problem (brake light cover)

I searched a little bit and could not find anyone else with this happening to them.

While I was walking my dog after a thunderstorm, I noticed something red behind my car. I also noticed that the back of my car looked different. Well... my brake light cover (3rd) fell off after the storm. When it hit the ground it cracked in half. I immediately checked my rear for damage, but there wasnt any damage.:iono:

Has this happened to any of you????

I already went to BMW and they ordered the part for me and it will be here in 2 wks FREEEE!!!!:thumbup:


Does anyone have experience with Bert Smith BMW in St. Petersburg??????
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      07-08-2008, 12:51 PM   #2
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hmm that sounds really odd
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      07-08-2008, 02:12 PM   #3
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There was also a problem with the center brake light covers deforming on some early Z4s - all were easily taken care of under warranty.
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Thats what the thread said, it was about the Z4. Thanks for reminding me. I am not too worried about it, the service advisor was really nice about it and someone was already in there for the same problem. The SA just pulled the cover off a show room 135i and installed on the guys car.LOL
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      07-08-2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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hmm that sounds really odd
Yeah, it does. 2 weeks for a part? I guess they're on backorder.
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      07-08-2008, 05:37 PM   #6
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My third brake light seems to be chipping/cracking........... I need to take it to BMW to have them check out.
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      07-09-2008, 03:57 PM   #7
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Same thing happend to me only half mine fell off... My dealer said these havent been shipped from Germany yet. Told me to expect 4 weeks if at all... Unhead of in my eye. Where are you located?
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      07-09-2008, 07:17 PM   #8
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lol really strange. When i picked my car up, i noticed that my 3rd brakelight was damaged as well. A pretty significant crack down the middle of it.

I took it to the dealer and they are replacing it via warranty.

The bigger question for me is should I remove my dual intake? I dont think they would have any reason to go under the hood, but who knows. Anyone think Ill run into any trouble?
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      07-09-2008, 08:13 PM   #9
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Yep. It has happened to 2 of our 1ers. Call your service advisor (or if you don't have one, schedule an appointment) and ask them to VOR (vehicle off road) a 3rd brake light. Provide the last 7 of your VIN. If they don't agree, take it in for service and they'll do the same thing anyway. The first way was to avoid having to actually go to the dealership.
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      07-09-2008, 08:18 PM   #10
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Yeah, it does. 2 weeks for a part? I guess they're on backorder.
"Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!" - Ulysses Everett McGill
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Same thing happend to me only half mine fell off... My dealer said these havent been shipped from Germany yet. Told me to expect 4 weeks if at all... Unhead of in my eye. Where are you located?

I am located in St. Petersburg, FL... They said about 2 wks, but who knows. :iono:

The SA wanted to tape the cover back on and was very persistent about it. LOL
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I have a crack down the middle of my third brake light cover too. The dealer ordered one under warranty yesterday and it should be here Monday.

Hopefully it doesn't happen again. The service manager said they had the same problems with the Z4s at one point because the two outer screws were too tight from the factory, but once replaced - problem solved.

We'll see how it goes.
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      07-11-2008, 05:07 PM   #13
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What does the crack look like? I don't really think mine is cracked, but it has a circle thing in the middle.
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      07-18-2008, 05:42 PM   #14
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If I remember correctly, it was just a straight crack right down the middle. When I looked at it yesterday through, half the light cover was missing. Today I saw it laying on the ground in the parking lot at work where I often park. It seems to have just popped out, so I guess be prepared for that if yours starts to crack.

Despite saying the replacement would be in last Monday, the dealer hasn't called me yet. I guess I should try and call them.
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Mine has cracked too. After 2 weeks I went to the dealer and they ordered a new one. Today I came out and it was hanging by the tape I put over the corner previously. My dealer told me that they are backordered. I knew I should have bought that LEXUS!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mine has cracked too. After 2 weeks I went to the dealer and they ordered a new one. Today I came out and it was hanging by the tape I put over the corner previously. My dealer told me that they are backordered. I knew I should have bought that LEXUS!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you talking about an automatic IS 350 ?
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      07-22-2008, 02:08 AM   #18
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I saw some red gel/seal peeling off mine when I first got it. Thought nothing of it..
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I was looking at a ISF08 Lexus with 416hp. I should of bought that one instead of dealing with BS from the beginning with BMW NA again.
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      07-30-2008, 03:25 PM   #20
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After washing mine this past weekend, I noticed a vertical crack in the center of the brake light cover.. It is cracked halfway through (to where the dimple is from the plastic mold?).. Sounds like this is going to be pretty common..
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      07-30-2008, 04:00 PM   #21
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I noticed a 135i convertible at the dealership had half of the 3rd brake light broken off. The dealership didn't even know it. I should have gotten some kind of reward! Anyway, there is definitely a design flaw in this area. I'm thinking maybe it's breaking when the trunk is closed. Be gentle everybody!
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      07-30-2008, 06:45 PM   #22
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Yeup, mine has a few small stress cracks in the middle and a big chip on the edge.
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