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BMW DIY – E46 3 series 99 Thru 05: Replacing Fog Light or Bulb – How To

June 5, 2013

Two of the most common requests for help that Otto receives for this 3-series chassis are how to change the fog light bulbs and what to do about cracked fog light lenses. The E46 3-series models (99-05) use a number of different front bumpers, depending on the year, sedan or coupe and if the specific model has an optional aerodynamics package.  Each bumper type uses a different fog light.

This DIY applies to all E46 models (99-05 – 323i, 323ci, 325i, 325ci, 325ci conv, 325xi, 328i, 328ci, 330i, 330ci, 330ci conv, 330xi, M3, 06 M3 and all 2-door and convertible models).

Shown below are the four most common factory fog lights used on the E46 3-series. If you don’t see your fog lights here, give our advisors a call at 800-535-2002 and we’ll help you figure it out.


Style #1:

1 Pry off the trim ring (fig. 1).

2 Remove the inboard screw (fig. 2).

3 Step A: Pull the inboard side of the light out of bracket. Step B: pull the light off of the outboard locator pins (fig. 3).

Style #2:

1 Unsnap/remove lower trim panel (fig. 1).

2 Remove screws and unsnap trim (fig. 2).

3 Pull the light and grill assembly down and out (fig. 3).

Style #3:

1 Access to this style fog light (fig. 1) is from behind the bumper.

2 Remove the splash panel in front of the wheel (fig. 2), then remove the fog light mounting screws and pull out the light (fig. 3).

Style #4:

1 Using a non-marring pry-tool, pry out the inboard end of the light (fig. 1).

2 Pull light out and remove (fig. 2).


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