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      08-18-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Euro Spec Tail Lights - Assistance Needed

Hello everyone, I have spent quite a bit of time researching this on my own, but there is just so much out there, I figured I would place my first post and ask for some assistance.

Basically, this fall I am transferring to Europe for 2-3 years, and I am taking my 2008 328i with me. I have already started doing some of the conversions to comply with European standards, including the light switch for the rear fog light. What I would like to do now is finding a set of tail lights that will comply.

I have found many products for the e90, but I cannot decide on any because I am not certain if there are any specifics I am missing. For example, would the OEM Black Line sold here in the U.S. work? Are there any other ones you guys would recommend? I would prefer Halogen for the amber turn signal, but LED would work too if needed.

Time is running out and I would like to get this going. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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      08-19-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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I am stationed over in Germany and just got a bummer. My German buddy said if I had to register it off base, my tails would not pass TUV. The turns need to light up amber and the US spec ones tail turn signals flash red.
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      08-29-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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The lights for Germany need to have an "E1" stamp on the lens. Its on the black strip when you open the trunk. AND yes, all cars registered in Germany will need YELLOW turn signals.

In order to get the rear brake fogs to work you only need the euro headlight switch. Roughly ~80 euros. Its easy to install yourself.

You do realize there are many other things you will need to comply with. You'll need tires made for the EU market. Speed rated and not older than five years.

The German TUV is very strict on testing other parts of the car. Since you need to get a "full Tuv" and German papers you are looking at at least a 200 euro inspection fee. And that's assuming your car passes.

Plus you will be taxed around 200 euros per year to register the car. Another 100 euros for lic plates and shipping fees. THEN you will need to pay a import duty or customs fee. That will be at least 19% of the car's value. I'd say its more likely that you will be paying around 30% taxes when you are all done with the process. Btw... gas is at 1.90 euro per liter right now for SuperPlus.

One other thing... I hope your car has M-sport with option #840. That will mean your car is limited to 250 kph instead of only 210 kph like all BMWs.

Its no wonder why most Germans drive a small displacement engine car that are good with fuel and low on taxes.
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