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      01-07-2013, 07:19 PM   #375
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Thumbs up It works.

I did this mod the other day on a 2006 330xi, production 12/05(dec 2005).

Removing the trim was much easier than I anticipated, although due to what I assume was the very low temperature (20c) one of the blue trim plugs with the oval metal capture rings broke in half releasing the metal ring still attached to the post on the trim that plugs into the dash. That is a complicated and probably incorrect explanation but the point is to be extra careful if it is quite cold and take your time. For me the breakage was not a problem I was able to put it back together and it is held flush and proper.

Another note was difficulty I had separating the switch from its housing. This caused huge frustration to me until I grew so angry I manhandled it with herculean strength, to which it responded by cleaning disconnecting. Just make sure to press the tabs in while pulling, it will come apart with enough force.

Most notably, I did NOT have to fabricate a switch (although I already had before starting) as the white plastic connector was already there, all I had to do was release the face of the button, cut the little tabs off of it and put it back in. No extra parts required. Removing the button face was not so bad, just use a small jewelers flathead and be judicious with force given its size.

One last important note I am surprised is not mentioned here more. Once you have completed cutting the tabs (+ installing a homemade connector if applicable) and are reassembling, pay particular attention when you put the entire switch back into its housing. When you put the switch into its housing you may hear a click, but in my case the clips HAD NOT actually clipped in place and required substantial force to get them to snap back in place one by one. I almost did not notice this, and if I hadn't then the entire switch face would have pushed into the housing if I pushed on it to activate the lights once I re installed it into the car.


I haven't used the fog lights but they are there and it was a very easy mod.
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      02-09-2013, 12:05 PM   #376
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      02-14-2013, 11:32 AM   #377
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Done! Nice and easy first mod
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      11-14-2013, 11:09 PM   #378
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I bought a Euro switch off Ebay, but when it got to me, it was just the front face! All the electronics, and guts were missing. I was PISSED OFF!

I took the rear fog button off the Euro faceplate, fabbed up a piece per this DIY (thanks for the tips! ), installed the button onto my stock switch, and now have the rear fogs working.

Because I had to use my stock switch, I don't have the LED to light the rear fog switch (the LED isn't installed on the board).

Here's a pic:



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      11-23-2013, 03:09 PM   #379
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I just tried to do this on my car, fabricated my own switch piece, reassembled everything and its not working.... I took it back apart and swapped the special pieces and tried again, rear fogs still won't work, light on the dash doesn't come on, nothing. I did the swap to make sure it wasn't my fabricated piece that was causing the issue.

Any idea why mine aren't working at all?
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      11-27-2013, 04:18 AM   #380
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Just did mine last night! Super easy!



I'll be doing this over the weekend.
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      05-02-2018, 04:52 AM   #381
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Thanks

I was lucky enough to have those two "lego" type pieces so breaking the tabs around the buttons was easy. I did have to slightly pry the air vent panel out to slip the light switch back in because of the lip on top. Smooth and easy to do.
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I was lucky enough to have those two "lego" type pieces so breaking the tabs around the buttons was easy. I did have to slightly pry the air vent panel out to slip the light switch back in because of the lip on top. Smooth and easy to do.
Holyshit, I wrote this 11 years ago...Im glad its still helping others here
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Holyshit, I wrote this 11 years ago...Im glad its still helping others here
Enabled the rear fogs on my 1 with this!
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Doing this on my car this weekend..

Anyone know if it can be done on a 2014 F15 X5?
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Holyshit, I wrote this 11 years ago...Im glad its still helping others here
and thanks to you OP few years ago I read this post and found the Euro switch and since then I am very happy with this mode (opted for the entire switch as they were not that much). Living in the climate where I am they do make tones of difference during the winter snow storms or fog days / nights considering how much driving I do, makes me feel safer and keeps the idiots away from my butt as they are great safety but drivers don't like to stay close anymore as they are pretty bright
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Did this on my e90, I didn't need any additonal things, I removed the assembly, took it apart, removed the black "dead/fake" button. trimmed the stops on it on the edged, put it back, clicks like a button. works 100.
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