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How much does a fog lamp front replacement cost for BMW cars?

A typical BMW fog lamp front replacement in the UK costs around £20 - £144. Depending on your BMW model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a fog lamp front replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling BMW cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a fog lamp front replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Fog lamp front replacement for BMW 3 Series£85 - £133
Fog lamp front replacement for BMW 1 Series£20 - £32
Fog lamp front replacement for BMW 5 Series£21 - £33
Fog lamp front replacement for BMW X1£92 - £144
Fog lamp front replacement for BMW X3£92 - £144
Fog lamp front replacement for BMW X5£85 - £133
Fog lamp front replacement for BMW 4 Series Coupe£92 - £144

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What does a front fog lamp do?

A front fog light is responsible for illuminating the road in front of your vehicle when driving in poor visibility. They are not mandatory in the UK, however they are useful in thick fog to illuminate the road ahead. They also alert other road users to your presence on the road which may not be immediately obvious with poor visibility.

What are the signs of a bad fog lamp?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your fog lamp bulb:

  • If one or both of your fog lights has stopped working

  • If your fog lights are dimmer than usual

  • If you have noticed your fog lights flickering or dipping in and out

What happens when we do a fog lamp replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the fog lights and test to see which ones need replacing

  • They will then disconnect any power wires attached to the fog lights

  • Unscrew or unclip the old fog light bulb that needs replacing

  • Fit the new fog light bulbs, ensuring they’re the correct size and type for your car make and model

  • They’ll reconnect the power wires and test that the new bulb is working

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Hey Fixter, how often should a fog lamp be replaced?

Unfortunately no bulbs will last the lifetime of your vehicle, which means at some point you’ll need to replace your fog light bulbs. There is no set mileage at which this should be done, as it depends on how often you use them and on the type of bulb. Just be sure to check them regularly.

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Want to learn more about BMW fog lamp front replacement?

What does a front fog lamp do?

A front fog light is responsible for illuminating the road in front of your vehicle when driving in poor visibility. According to UK and European law a car must have at least one (working) rear fog light, to warn traffic of your presence when they are closing in on you from behind in poor conditions.

Some more modern cars are also equipped with front fog lights, either as standard or as an optional extra, which help you to see the road ahead more clearly in thick fog.

Both these fog lights are important safety features so should be regularly checked and properly maintained.

BMW

BMW AG is a German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer that was established over 100 years ago in March 1916. They also own Mini and Rolls Royce, after taking over the two British marques in 2000 and 1998 respectively.

BMW makes luxury vehicles and is possibly most famous for its sports saloon models. In 2018, BMW had 1.9m vehicles on the roads in the UK, a number that has been steadily increasing each year for the past decade.

As one of the ‘big 3’ German marques, along with Audi and Mercedes, BMW carries a strong reputation for making high-quality stylish vehicles, and have captured a large section of the UK market.

Luxury family and business models for every driver

Probably most popular for the 3 Series and 5 Series saloon models, BMW has got every possible angle covered for the more discerning drivers.

The full range includes everything from the 1 Series city car to the full-size saloons and sports coupes of the 7 and 8 Series models.

To provide everything you’d ever need for family motoring there’s a seven-seat MPV, their range of X model SUVs, and since 2014, the introduction of their plug-in electric i models. Top it all off with their M model high-performance supercars, the Z4 convertible and the i8 Roadster—and you’ve got the full package.

BMW: High performance on and off the track

BMW has a successful history in a range of motorsports.

They have been significant performers in touring car racing and rally driving, enjoyed success in Formula One with the BMW Sauber team, and BMW cars have been regular competitors and winners at Le Mans since the race’s early years.

BMW’s reliability and reputation

BMW ranked 16th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. BMW hasn’t always had the best reputation for reliability but to rank alongside marques such as Honda, Volkswagen and Fiat they’re holding their own alongside plenty of the other big names.

How often should you replace a fog lamp bulb?

Unfortunately no light bulb will last the lifetime of your vehicle, which means at some point you’ll need to replace your fog light bulbs. There is no set mileage at which this should be done, as it depends on how often you use them and on the type of bulb. Just be sure to check them regularly.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

Legally a car must have at least one (working) rear fog light and more modern cars should also be equipped with front fog lights. Because these lights are important safety features they will be checked during an MOT. If they are found to be broken or faulty your car will most likely fail its MOT.

What causes a fog lamp bulb to break?

Fog lamp bulbs can break for a variety of reasons. For example, because of a blown fuse, if water has seeped into the light or over time they can simply wear out. The most important thing is that you replace the bulbs as soon as possible as it can be dangerous to drive without them.

What are the signs of a bad fog lamp bulb?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • If one or both of your fog lights has stopped working

  • If your fog lights are dimmer than usual

  • If you have noticed your fog lights flickering or dipping in and out

What happens during a fog lamp bulb replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the fog lights and test to see which ones need replacing

  • They will then disconnect any power wires attached to the fog lights

  • Unscrew or unclip the old fog light bulb that needs replacing

  • Fit the new fog light bulbs, ensuring they’re the correct size and type for your car make and model

  • They’ll reconnect the power wires and test that the new bulb is working

What is the average life of a fog lamp bulb?

There is no set lifespan of fog lamp bulbs, as it depends on how often you use them and on the type of bulb. Just be sure to check them regularly to ensure they're fully functional for when you need to use them.

Can you drive with a broken fog lamp bulb?

You shouldn't drive without functioning front fog lamps. Legally a car must have at least one (working) rear fog light, to warn traffic of your presence when they are closing in on you from behind in poor conditions.

Some more modern cars are also equipped with front fog lights, either as standard or as an optional extra, which help you to see the road ahead more clearly in thick fog.

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