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      11-14-2011, 03:50 AM   #23
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Great DIY video - my switch is on backorder from ECS like a few others here as well…thanks for the tip!

I noticed the switch you put in had the Euro headlight dipping dial on it - no errors or issues with that on a US spec car?
well, i didn't see any difference when I rolling the dial. I would ask my service advisor later. By the way there is no error and problem when I using this light switch.
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      11-14-2011, 05:28 AM   #24
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Cool - Can't wait fo mine to come in...having some extra visibility to protect one's "assets" is a nice thing on a foggy day!
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      11-21-2011, 01:35 PM   #25
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Cool - Can't wait fo mine to come in...having some extra visibility to protect one's "assets" is a nice thing on a foggy day!
I see you are from Benelux, aren't they standard equipped with fog lights?
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      11-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #26
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M3, Mine is a US Spec F10 - so I don't have all the cool European items on it, (speed limit info, amber turn signals, rear fog lights, etc.) Slowly, I am trying to add them and frankly - all cars in all markets should be this way…makes for a safer/more enjoyable drive.
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      12-03-2011, 11:35 AM   #27
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Thanks fhinfo for that helpful tutorial! I have a 2012 528xi, does anyone know if the switch would work for the '12 models as well? Thanks!
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      12-13-2011, 10:48 PM   #28
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My Mum arrived from the Uk this afternoon bringing with her the Euro spec light switch including the rear fog light switch. Installed in my 2011 F10 in 5 minutes and works a treat.
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      12-18-2011, 06:58 AM   #29
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Awesome just installed it and took about 5 minutes total.

We have rain in the forecast tomorrow in Socal

Are your Rear Fogs Amber?

Also, what Exhaust is that, and is it for an M-Sport or base F10?
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      12-18-2011, 07:14 AM   #30
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Here is the video to show how to remove the panel. I shot the video by my self. Sorry about my poor English Speaking

Great Video. Thanks.

It looks like the Light Control Element you removed already had the Rear Fog Light switch in it, and the one you replaced it with was the same but added the headlight aiming toggle? Is that right, and if so, does the headlight aiming toggle work?
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      12-18-2011, 09:32 PM   #31
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Great Video. Thanks.

It looks like the Light Control Element you removed already had the Rear Fog Light switch in it, and the one you replaced it with was the same but added the headlight aiming toggle? Is that right, and if so, does the headlight aiming toggle work?
I think he said he had installed it and never took pics during the install. I believe he took this video after he had initially installed it and just shot this video to show people how to do it if need be. Correct me if I'm wrong
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      12-18-2011, 11:54 PM   #32
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Are your Rear Fogs Amber?

Also, what Exhaust is that, and is it for an M-Sport or base F10?
Rear fogs are red and the exhaust is Supersprint quads for M sport but it can work with non Msport if you cut your bumper to quad tips
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Rear Fog Light switch

A couple questions. 1. Does the switch from ECS come with a new panel that has a cut out for the rear fog lamp switch? 2. Does the new switch have the silver accent strip at the bottom of the switch like the OEM front fog light switch? Thanks!
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      01-02-2012, 01:56 PM   #34
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I found the answers to my questions by going to the ECS website where I saw the switch. BTW, it is currently on back order and not expected until the end of Feb '12.
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This place says they have the switch as well: http://euroactiveparts.com/product_i...oducts_id=2003
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Great Video. Thanks.

It looks like the Light Control Element you removed already had the Rear Fog Light switch in it, and the one you replaced it with was the same but added the headlight aiming toggle? Is that right, and if so, does the headlight aiming toggle work?
I was wondering the same thing. Where did he get the switch with the headlight aim adjustment and does it work?
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Local dealer said they couldn't order it for me due to dot laws prohibiting them. Crock of shit if you ask me.
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      03-01-2012, 07:14 PM   #38
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Does someone knows if this would work on my new 2012 X5 E70 LCI ???????
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      07-17-2012, 05:32 PM   #39
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Thanks fhinfo for that helpful tutorial! I have a 2012 528xi, does anyone know if the switch would work for the '12 models as well? Thanks!
I just installed this on my 12 535xi. Plug and Play. Easy install and should definitely help on those foggy days on the interstate.
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      08-08-2012, 04:45 PM   #40
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Hello everyone!

I got the brand new F10 but I am kind of sick with no rear fog light in my car. I believe most of European cars are equipped rear fog lights. BMW does that, too. However, for the US market, Most of them delete rear fog light for some reasons. Even though the rear fog light is pre-installed already.

So, for the current F10 in the US, the light control panel should look like this



I did so many researches on the internet globally and finally I found this used part from UK.
Then I got it today and swapped the original one. After the easy modification, the control panel looks like this.





On the dashboard, when I turn on the rear fog light, it will show the indicator that I never see before, which is the rear fog light



And, you can definitely see the "light" on the back!



I think this is a easy modification cause it is not programming required, just plug and play! Hope this is helpful for everyone!
Thank you for posting the video, I had the old switch out and the new switch in very quickly. The whole process took all of about 10 minutes.

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      08-09-2012, 04:20 PM   #41
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      08-12-2012, 04:37 PM   #42
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Very good post and thanks for the info.

I am in Germany so I am hoping when I take my F10 into the dealer for 15k oil change this month I can get this switch direct from the parts counter.

Thanks again, this will come in very handy here.
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Did it. Love it. 5 minutes.
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I just returned from two weeks TDY to the land of the BMW and experienced the rear fog light usage, and I asked several locals what they thought. To me, and to most of the Germans I met, the rear fog light is not such a good idea because it is often misunderstood to be the working side of a one-brake-light-out car and therefore treated as a hazard. The locals complained that when they see that single red light in the fog, their heart rate hits max and the brake-or-no-brake decision has to be made instantly. I'm not going to update my car with this switch. I have no idea what US drivers would think if they ever saw the rear fog light on US roads.
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