I have a 2002 E46 limo, and there's a lot of dust inside the third stop
lamp. I managed to take off the trim piece that covers it, but I cannot
manage to understand how to take the main lamp off. It seems to move
left-righ for 1 inch or so, but that's all...
The lamp itself (the bulb) comes out from inside the trunk. The housing
requires the removal of the luggage deck. (My source is the Bentley manual
that covers the E36 models, but I can't imagine the E46 would be very much
The E46's is at the top of the rear window, not the bottom like on the E36.
The TIS doesn't show how to get to it so I'm not sure what you need to do to
get at it. My understanding is that they used "lifetime bulbs" so access is
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