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      09-30-2020, 04:30 PM   #1
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Tail Light Cracking

Has anybody had issues with the rear tail lights cracking? When I took delivery of the car the rear passenger side tail light was cracked at the seam. I had them replace it. Two weeks later both tail lights are cracking!? Has this happen to anybody else?
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      09-30-2020, 08:46 PM   #2
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Yikes! I am going to check mine and will report back..
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      09-30-2020, 10:11 PM   #3
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Nope. I washed my car yesterday. No cracks at all. I'm at 7400+ miles at the moment.
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      10-10-2020, 01:54 AM   #4
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Autumn -19 i discovered cracks in one of my tail lights, last week i discovered all four tail lights has cracks on my 320d -16
googled it and discovered that this has been an huge problem and many have got new ones on warranty. it seems like it is from the face lift models it starts, somewhere around -16
Now when warranty ran out BMW claims i have washed my car with to strong degreasing that is not suitable for cars and refuse to give me new ones as a goodwill.
i think it it ridicilous claiming washing of car....how can BMW tell me what is wrong when my car brokes if they havent been transparant with it from the beginning whit the risks and wrote down washing instructions in the user manual..... and of course i only use car products!
Also the cracks starts from the inside and out...I have never seen anyone wash their tail lights from the inside.

Strange how it can be a manufacturing problem within the warranty and after it run out it suddenly is an user issue....

Buying new original tail lights here in sweden cost if i convert it to dollars 1478$, since they are 4 years old and BMW put the head in the sand i can only assume that annual cost of my car will be 370$/year just in tail lights... That is higher than the service of the whole car! Total economy driving this beemer is extremely high

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      10-12-2020, 08:05 PM   #5
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So the cracking got worse and is now showing on the bottom of the tail light. Took it in today. Thankfully they are fixing it. I can only think the strong temperature swings here in Colorado are causing the issue. 95 degrees to 40 degrees in 24 hours. Who knows?

Still have no idea what I am doing wrong with the pictures. Sorry for them being upside down, lol.

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The temperature swings could probably be why. We don't have that bad swings here in IL. So far, my taillights look fine. Never had that issue on any other car either.
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