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Q: Tail Lamp Outage on 2004 BMW X5

Recently I had a quote to replace left rear tail lamp and socket from my friendly BMW dealer. The quote was $74.90 for the left rear tail lamp and socket part number 4127cpbmw and $209.98 for a rear light in the side panel number 632012. Please let me know if i'm being ripped off.
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It's about the normal price, however the part numbers are not correct. The OE BMW part numbers are 11 digits in the format of xx xx x xxx xxx

In my opinion the dealer is always a rip-off, but that's me. You might also try locating the parts at a salvage yard.
You are not alone about dealer rip off for parts without installation. A number of websites exist to get parts for this cronic maintenance machine at much lower cost than the dealers. The entire bulb socket arrangement on the 2004 X5 is a disaster. Developed by someone with a desire to build problems. Contact will not maintain on the rear tail and turrn signal bulbs. Tried everything (new sockets and electric contact sealant) to maintain contact for longer periods but now just give the bulb a quarter turn and turn back to original location and lights work. No bulbs blown in 128,000 miles of driving. They just lose contact and lights alarm on dash warning system. What a piece of crap. $50,000 plus for a car with plastic parts that continually break. ie. radiator expansion tank for instance. First and last one of these disasters for me. Know and least 3 others with the same opinion.
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