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      07-11-2009, 04:11 AM   #1
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Left rear turn indicator failure

Sheesh..talk about bad luck. Ever heard of an LED failure? Fortunately covered under warranty but I'd hate to imagine the cost as it involves replacing the whole tail light cover assembly!
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So we say goodbye to buying replacement bulbs at the shell servo...the wonderful world of new technology!
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Everything seems to be disposable now!
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Everything seems to be disposable now!
Yeah...at a high cost to replace, I'll bet. About 3 of the little LEDs in the indicator array have stopped working so as a result the whole tailight assembly needs to be replaced. So instead of a $5.00 globe replacement we're probably looking at a $300-$400 part. Just as well it's a warranty job!

A few months back my wife sideswiped a pole when reversing and took out the driver side wing mirror on the X5. Just the mirror glass itself needed to be replaced. As it's not rocket science I just bought the mirror glass.....$310!!!
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A few months back my wife sideswiped a pole when reversing and took out the driver side wing mirror on the X5. Just the mirror glass itself needed to be replaced. As it's not rocket science I just bought the mirror glass.....$310!!!
Last year my X5 was parked out front of where I have breakfast & a delivery truck decided my drivers side mirror was in the way..

Result: Whole new everything.. $1400 for memory. They put it through their insurance. I was just happy it didn't fold into any of the X5 panels/door - that would have been very costly.
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So instead of a $5.00 globe replacement we're probably looking at a $300-$400 part. Just as well it's a warranty job!

Just the mirror glass itself needed to be replaced. As it's not rocket science I just bought the mirror glass.....$310!!!
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Result: Whole new everything.. $1400 for memory. They put it through their insurance. I was just happy it didn't fold into any of the X5 panels/door - that would have been very costly.
Strange how these things happen - as an engineer we're told to design/select components that have a high MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) - I question why engineers that are paid a lot aren't choosing components that are more resilient. From the greater business' point of view - the cost of sale would go down (and margins could go up!)

Perhaps we should go after BMW collectively as a client
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