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Old 02-20-2005, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On the 1994 381i, no side turning lights were added. Can you after market in these side lights or can the BMW service guys add them in?
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Old 02-21-2005, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have them either on my 94 325is. I would think that you could do it but for them to actually work and light up it would include cutting into your body and some serious work.
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I would have an auto body shop install them.
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is really up to you, I don't have them and don't really care enought o pay the money to do it. If you do it post before and after pics and let us know how much it ended up being(in case someone else is looking to do the same thing).
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The reason I asked is because I don't want some "check light" coming on permanently. I was going to upgrade my 528i with Hella Xenon lights (without the self levellers) but I didn't buy the component when the store owner said he was reducing the price to get rid of it and was removing the warranty. I have heard that a "low beam check light" can come on permanently with this mod. I'm not sure. Come to think of it, think I'll ask this question in the "5" forum - about the Hella upgrade.
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I've got a 94 318i and i have them.. I really like them alot. I thought they came stock..lol
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They do come stock on some, but not on others. I do not know which models they started to put them on. They might have started adding them to late model 1994s or something.
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I went to my friendly BMW service department and got a quote for the lights, I want the new lights that are tear dropped in shape, not the older lights on top of the rubber gasket. I was assured that it was an easy job except for the cut in the body. The rep said the lights combined would be around $70 (costs more in Canada) and that was about it. He said since there was no sensors to worry about, you just cut into the wiring for the regular turn signals. Wiring the job shouldn't take any more than 20 minutes and that is stretching it.

I then went to the local auto body shop. The hole cut for the tear dropped shape was critical in it being exact. My BMW rep offered to draw up a template for the cut. The autobody guy would use the template for the cut. He said I would probably be billed out for about three hours labout, the removing the fenders, making the cut, adding touch up paint, inserting the lights and wiring up. This sounded reasonable to me. So I'm going for the clear tear dropped lights on a black car.
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