31st October 2011, 23:41
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If I can offer an opinion . . .
. . . first, you didn't have an amber option, therefore you are lucky I am even taking the time to peruse and comment in this thread.
Secondly, I have had both the US and Euro taillights on my car so I think I can say that I speak from experience. On my last M5 I had the US taillights without the rear fogs; no big deal, I didn't have the wiring for it. On this M5, I have the Euro taillights with the rear fog lights.
I miss the side lights; so much so that I am thinking of putting the US taillights back on next spring. In any event, I am going to modify one or the other to accept what the other doesn't have (does that make sense?).
If you are going through all of the time and trouble to install the wiring for rear fogs the least you can do is spend a little extra time and modify the US taillights. You can do it!!!
My opinion, go for both features and perform the modification but first get rid of those bland and blase clear assemblies and go for something a little more striking: amber.
EDIT: there is also the safety factor calling for the side lights. Of course, they are not for me, the driver, but I am thinking if some wayward driver merged into you and their unscrupulous (although, perhaps correct) lawyer caught wind that your vehicle did not have federally mandated lighting then things may not go very well for you. Is this a valid reason? Only you can say but I also happen to like how they look so I think the legality as just another reason above and beyond the mere asthetic.
Last edited by josiahg52; 31st October 2011 at 23:45.