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Bmw 318i e30 jreg

Thanks for the info but its just an amber light he says its the service light and when it turns red it needs a service .....is this true ???

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    Graeme Hogg Jun 03, 2008

    thank you very much you have been a great help much appreciated

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Yes it is right after you service the car the shop will reset the light and when is time for next service it will turn red again

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

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    you are very welcome, any time buddy we are here

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