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      03-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Condensation in Rear Lights

Has anyone had condensation in their rear lights? Just notice I have it in mine, so car is going into the garage on Tuesday for a warranty repair for the lights and a noisy climate control fan (for a second time). I read this is a known fault on early build F30s, can anyone confirm?
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      03-09-2013, 08:41 AM   #3
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Got my two rear lamp units replaced. I was lucky as they have now went on back order so there muct be a lot of them failing.
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Got the same issue. Will call my local dealer and see what they say....
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      03-12-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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Do dealers actually replace the units if there's condensation inside? I'm thinking of the alternative - they remove the unit, use a hair drier or hot air gun to drive the moisture out, put a tiny bit of grease on the seals then refit the thing - and tell you it's all sorted
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I put some little sneaky marks on my lights as I thought they might try that, they have definitely been replaced
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I put some little sneaky marks on my lights as I thought they might try that, they have definitely been replaced
Some poor bloke who took their F30 in for a service is probably driving around now, blissfully unaware they've got sneaky marks on their rear light clusters
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I will be checking mine for marks when they replace them thanks to all you conspiracy theorists.......
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      03-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #9
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Haha

Thankfully, I've never noticed condensation in mine!
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8 months later and I have condensation in my rear lights again, despite having a new set fitted! Car is booked in to have them replaced under warranty! I think there is a systematic problem with these lights so I wonder how many lights I am going to go through...seems such a ridiculous failure! I don't fancy paying for these once the car goes out of warranty!
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8 months later and I have condensation in my rear lights again, despite having a new set fitted! Car is booked in to have them replaced under warranty! I think there is a systematic problem with these lights so I wonder how many lights I am going to go through...seems such a ridiculous failure! I don't fancy paying for these once the car goes out of warranty!
Weird! Mine still hasn't had any condensation at all from since I got it in June 2012!

RobUK will probably have this issue amongst many others
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If they can't fix it put some silica gel packets in the cluster, just remember to change them every now and again.
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Nice new rear lights fitted today, hopefully these ones will last!
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Just got out my car today and 3 weeks after my new rear lights were fitted, I have condensation in the rear lights again (Top corner as they wrap around the side of the car). I am so sick of going back to the dealers with this car I will just leave it for now, but it does make the car look shoddy!

Has no one else had this problem?

I was in last night sorting a deal for my Mrs to get a C class Coupe. Im so irritated with this car now, I'm sorely tempted myself! Can't say I would recommend an F30 on the build quality, I am really frustrated with it on many fronts. If only I never let my trusty e90 go!
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Noticed this in mine today! Be calling the dealer tomorrow.
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Just got out my car today and 3 weeks after my new rear lights were fitted, I have condensation in the rear lights again (Top corner as they wrap around the side of the car). I am so sick of going back to the dealers with this car I will just leave it for now, but it does make the car look shoddy!

Has no one else had this problem?

I was in last night sorting a deal for my Mrs to get a C class Coupe. Im so irritated with this car now, I'm sorely tempted myself! Can't say I would recommend an F30 on the build quality, I am really frustrated with it on many fronts. If only I never let my trusty e90 go!
This were my thoughts when i recently a 320d sport for a few days, the materials do not seem robust. I was actually looking at the F30, however after reading this i am now thinking it might actually be better to get a late e90. This kind of of thing is just not acceptable.
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Not got condensation on my tail lights, but noticed today that the headlights had a bit in the offside one. Nearside was ok. Never noticed it before.
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NB: just did a quick google search and this appears to be a problem in tonnes of cars Jaguar, VW, Fiat, Audi etc...

Can you post some pictures please so i can see what it is i am looking for and how bad it actual is?

Golf:
http://www.vwaudiforum.co.uk/forum/s...-leaking-water

Audi:
http://forum.rs246.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=102636

Porsche:
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1189551

Jaguar:
http://www.jaginfo.org/showthread.ph...n-in-headlight
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NB: just did a quick google search and this appears to be a problem in tonnes of cars Jaguar, VW, Fiat, Audi etc...

Can you post some pictures please so i can see what it is i am looking for and how bad it actual is?

Golf:
http://www.vwaudiforum.co.uk/forum/s...-leaking-water

Audi:
http://forum.rs246.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=102636

Porsche:
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1189551

Jaguar:
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Has anyone got any pictures?
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Can't say I would recommend an F30 on the build quality, I am really frustrated with it on many fronts. If only I never let my trusty e90 go!
I have to say I've not had a single problem, touch wood, with my f31. Had it 7 months now and done 3000 miles. The quality is fantastic so it's either luck or they've solved things over time.
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Being swapped next Friday:-

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Being swapped next Friday:-


It seems as if the recent inclement weather could be a significant factor in this issue.
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