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      02-14-2006, 08:27 PM   #1
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Button under the fog light button??

Right next to your headlamp control, underneath the fog lamp button .. mine is a blank. Anyone know what this does?
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      02-14-2006, 08:28 PM   #2
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i think i figured my own question out .. headlamp washers?
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      02-14-2006, 08:29 PM   #3
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its for a rear fog light for the rest of the world
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      02-14-2006, 08:40 PM   #4
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I am still waiting for a retrofit on the rear fogs btw...
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      02-14-2006, 08:41 PM   #5
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For some reason BMW chose not to put them on US models. I know that Audi and Porsche have them on theirs. How do I know? I see dumb-asses driving around on a clear night with their "FOGS" on. Little do they know they are blinding people behind them, or worse, confusing people into thinking their brakes are on.
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      02-15-2006, 12:08 PM   #7
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hmmm retrofit WOULD be nice

for cars equipped with the rear fog, do they have a different tail lamp housing than us?
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      02-15-2006, 12:28 PM   #8
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Rear fogs are a waste, don't worry about a retrofit ... nobody but german car fanatics know what the hell they are or what they're for so they don't help much when it's super foggy. Most people are confused why they're only on the left side and think you're a motorcycle until they come up on you. Not worth the effort of the expense.

And don't get me started on the idiots (invariably most of the ones I see are driving Volvos) with the rear fog on during the middle of a sunny day.

Kind of like the stereotypical BMW driver who thinks they need their driving lights on 24/7. <ducking for cover>
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And don't get me started on the idiots (invariably most of the ones I see are driving Volvos) with the rear fog on during the middle of a sunny day.
Heh, I thought they had a bum brake light. (hadn't heard of rear fogs before) But it was on a Volvo wagon, so now I know the driver was just a dumb*ss who didn't read their manual.

(It was 45 and completely cloudless driving back from skiing last Sunday)

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For some reason BMW chose not to put them on US models. I know that Audi and Porsche have them on theirs. How do I know? I see dumb-asses driving around on a clear night with their "FOGS" on. Little do they know they are blinding people behind them, or worse, confusing people into thinking their brakes are on.
mini owners complained enough, and actually had a petition. now rear fogs are available on mini's as an option.

but i agree, most people that have rear fogs have no idea how to use them. however, i think they're cool if used correctly. i retrofited them to my old e34 5er, and only used them in thick fog.
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I always thought that the rule was to have only one rear fog light so that people don't get confused with brake lights. However, newer cars now seem to have fog lights on both sides.
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^ yea, i've seen it both ways. for example on my old e34, european members showed both sides lighting up. i decided only to do it on my left side.
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Had them on my Saabs. I don't think I ever used them...
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I have them on my A4. I only use them in heavy downpours, snow storms or fog. I always get the "hey buddy one your brake lights are out"
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can someone post a pic?
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Volvos have them. They're not on most imported cars in the States because nobody would know how to use them. I doubt it's mentioned in driver's ed.
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can someone post a pic?
here's mine on my old e34 (bright inner trunk light):

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That e34 is sweet.
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If rear fog lamps were available in the U S market, I'm afraid that the idiots amongst us would insist on burning them all the time like they want to do with front fog lamps. <g>
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Here is some picture of my rear fog lamp`s...
I am surprised that you cant have them...
It`s a must on the autobahn during bad weather condition..
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Lord sakes, I've seen rear fogs on some AMERICAN cars lately - but it's worse, BOTH SIDES are lit up, not just one, so it really looks like the brakes are being applied.

Don't remember the make/model.
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That e34 is sweet.
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