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      11-04-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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I have searched and could not find an answer to this question...do your cars have lights in the trunk? Mine doesn't. There is nothing in the owner's manual, realoem doesn't show a part number for one and I can't find any other reference to a light inside the trunk.

What I do have, on the under side of the parcel shelf in the middle, towards the rear of the car, is a rectangular opening with two loose wires inside it. They are live and not capped-off (very un-German).

So is my car missing something? What are those wires for?

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I have searched and could not find an answer to this question...do your cars have lights in the trunk? Mine doesn't. There is nothing in the owner's manual, realoem doesn't show a part number for one and I can't find any other reference to a light inside the trunk.

What I do have, on the under side of the parcel shelf in the middle, towards the rear of the car, is a rectangular opening with two loose wires inside it. They are live and not capped-off (very un-German).

So is my car missing something? What are those wires for?

Thanks!
What? That's so not right. Shocking really.
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What? That's so not right. Shocking really.
So does your car have a light there???
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So does your car have a light there???
I've yet to get my cars, but the ones in the showroom had boot (trunk) lights. Don't all cars?
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I would think so! It seemed odd to me that mine did not have one but really I can't find mention of a trunk light anywhere.
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I would think so! It seemed odd to me that mine did not have one but really I can't find mention of a trunk light anywhere.
I thought it is a given that ALL cars have this. It's been so for as long as I remember. How else can you see inside the boot/trunk in the dark? Street lighting reliance is not the answer. Do BMWs have to be parked under a street lamp when loading/unloading the trunk at night? Off to the dealer you go and give them hell.
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OK I finally found the part number. What seems odd to me is that my car appears to have been built without a trunk light. Seems like a peculiar thing to omit!
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OK I finally found the part number. What seems odd to me is that my car appears to have been built without a trunk light. Seems like a peculiar thing to omit!
Those Germans love the dark.
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WHAT?!?!?! No Trunk light!!! BMW has to be kidding me... I don't want to retro fit a light in there!
Does anyone have a light in there trunk?
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Yes my 2013 335xdrive has one big light in the center of the trunk by the front opening....
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I have searched and could not find an answer to this question...do your cars have lights in the trunk? Mine doesn't. There is nothing in the owner's manual, realoem doesn't show a part number for one and I can't find any other reference to a light inside the trunk.

What I do have, on the under side of the parcel shelf in the middle, towards the rear of the car, is a rectangular opening with two loose wires inside it. They are live and not capped-off (very un-German).

So is my car missing something? What are those wires for?

Thanks!
I think you were the same poster in the other bimmer forum - I answered your question there, but, yes there's a trunk light where you are referring to. I assume it somehow got missed installing, possibly a factory worker having an overhang from the Octo'fest?!!!
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do your cars have lights in the trunk? Mine doesn't.
Mine has a double light in cool white in the centre under the rear shelf. Lights up the boot nicely.
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There is a light on the roof of my trunk and it looks to be LED.

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Mine is there, but doesn't look like it's LED though.
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There is a light on the roof of my trunk and it looks to be LED.

thats not led. i'll swap that out instantly when i get my car. 48 smd... or 24 50/50 smds haha...
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i have one, im pretty sure mines LED, it has a hint of blue just like all my interior lights, but I did get the lighting package!
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thats not led. i'll swap that out instantly when i get my car. 48 smd... or 24 50/50 smds haha...
LOL you dont have the car yet and you telling me its not LED?

I will double check the trunk but every small light in the car is LED. Exterior is when things get a bit mixed up. Headlights are HID with LED, door lights are LED, tail lights are LED and halogen.
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LOL you dont have the car yet and you telling me its not LED?

I will double check the trunk but every small light in the car is LED. Exterior is when things get a bit mixed up. Headlights are HID with LED, door lights are LED, tail lights are LED and halogen.
they look a bit too yellow in your picture for led... lol
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LED in trunk too...
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should be white light there for sure
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Thanks everybody! It is apparent there should be a light there and isn't. I guess this is what happens when your car is built immediately before the summer factory vacation. Off to the dealership I go to get a light and become illuminated!
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I picked-up a light for my trunk but...it seems that not only was the light not there from production, but the wires are cleanly cut!!! There is no harness there whatsoever. Here's the tricky part - you can't just walk into the dealer and but the harness plug. It is not a separate part number. Plus the wires for the trunk light run uninterrupted from the central harness. To do the repair absolutely correctly, one would need to replace the main wiring harness.

Perhaps the best thing to do is find a wrecked f30 in a junk yard and pull the harness from that car. Then I can neatly solder and connect the wires together and have a light.

Honestly it is fascinating to ponder what happened here. The car was a euro delivery so I had possession straight from the factory. And I recall being in a parking garage on the trip wondering about how to turn on the trunk light. That suggests that the car was built without one. Really weird!

Oh well! Off to search junk yards for totaled f30's!
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