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Do you mean actually in flames? :blink:
Yes, actual flames. When I pulled up to the restaurant, the Valet began jumping up and down pointing at my car. When I got out to look, it was like dragon breath. It had burned a hole through my front bumper! The interesting part is that I had never turned on my fog lights. They "mysteriously" went on when I had started to drive my car and I remember thinking that I would need to replace a headlight. Fortunately, driving on the Expressway during rush hour was smooth sailing that night. I hesitate to think what might have happened.
 

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Whoa shit... There must be something seriously wrong with your car's wiring. How the hell could that happen anyway without blowing a fuse? Check and double check every wire you can get your hands on ASAP, there has to be at least one another short circuit for the lights to turn on by themselves. Oh, and check the fuses in case some are replaced with paper clips...
 

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Has to be a Short in the wiring !!
I have been really disappointed with BMW of North America.
They are ignoring the fact that the light went on by itself.

I thought I drove the "Ultimate" Driving Machine...I believed them hook,line and sinker...The dealer says it is a BMWNA concern. BMWNA is saying it is human error.

The first report back to me was that the light was out of the bracket and that the light got hot and burned.

They never addressed how it turned on to begin with!!!

It is very disappointing and frustrating to deal with a corportation with such a reputation and to have them ignore important details.
 

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Whoa shit... There must be something seriously wrong with your car's wiring. How the hell could that happen anyway without blowing a fuse? Check and double check every wire you can get your hands on ASAP, there has to be at least one another short circuit for the lights to turn on by themselves. Oh, and check the fuses in case some are replaced with paper clips...
Thank you..BMWNA is denying that there is anything wrong with my car's wiring. It has been so disappointing for a company with this reputation.
The BMWNA field representative came to look at my car about two weeks ago. I haven't had a call from BMWNA or a car from the dealership about the final report. The service manager at the Patrick Group BMW told me they noticed "hand cream" in my car. Whoa..I said. It is sunscreen and it is well after the fact...I am showing everyone who asks where the fog lamp light switch is on the car. They are spending more time trying to infer that I turned on the light than investigating the real cause.

Again, I would have expected this shell game from other car manufacturers,but never BMW...I am so disappointed by their lack of concern and response.
 

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Of course they are trying their best to blame you, that's what every company apart from Ben & Jerry's would do! It's 100% their loss otherwise (not that they lose money as it is, paying for the guys who try to blame you), so they understandably try to worm their way out of it. It's not ethical, but it's good for business in short term. In long term, it degrades their public image, after which they have to hire extra PR personnel which arguably makes them lose more money than they gain from fucking with customers.

But enough of morals, what you should do is either go through the wiring yourself and try to locate the faults (unless they managed to cover them up, did you leave the car unattended in the hands of the BMW folks?) or hire a electronics-savvy friend or an unbiased technician to check the wirings for you. If you find something, pics, proof, payment (or free repairs).
 

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Drop the bumper and you will see the initial fault for the fire as it will be close to the resulting fire/lamp!! Take some pics and I DARE BET that there will be some dodgy wiring/connections down there !!!
 

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Thank you. Again, I expected more from BMW. I am a second time owner too!

There is another thread of a guy with the same model car who had a fire. I shared that with BMWNA and they told me it was different! Yeah..like that person's fire was also the right hand side fog lamp!
 

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"It's just a coincidence!" :rolleyes:
Don't take any of their bullshit. Find the fault, get pictures, prove them wrong, get your money/free repairs. If nothing else helps, sue them.
 

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The service level from BMWNA when you have a "real" problem has been disappointing and needless to say, they have not lived up to their slogan, "The Ultimate Driving Machine". The interesting thing is that the estimate to fix the car is $1400.00 USD.

My biggest complaint is that there was no acknowledgment of the fog lamp turning on by itself until I asked them to note it and investigate that aspect. To me, that was the biggest issue. When it is not noted, then the corporation will say to the car owner that "you are the first person" having this problem". Then of course the car owner finds another case online! That is why I have also posted my problem..There are at least two out there!
 

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Disconnect it and save your money, pull the connector out of the switch, find the fuse that does the fogs and pull that too (Unless it powers other items)...
 

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