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Old 08-03-2000, 10:53 PM   #1
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Post OT: BMWs, what the heck are those squares??

I always see this on BMWs and maybe on some benzs too but never pay much attention...what are those squares on their bumpers? I've always wondered what they are/do, but always forgot to ask.. ??
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Old 08-03-2000, 10:59 PM   #2
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Andrew,

Are you talking about the small squares on the front bumpers? If so, many of the cars are equipped to take optional headlight wipers and washers. I think that all the bumpers have the openings whether the customer wants the wipers/washers and they have small plugs to cover the holes.

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Old 08-03-2000, 11:00 PM   #3
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No, I am talking about on the rear, like on the 3 series..i believe..its on the bottom right hand side of the rear bumper...??
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:04 PM   #4
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Ya know...I have noticed those things too...on VW and Volvo too. At first I thought they were places for a second exhaust tip...but the size is wrong.

I think they are covers for towing. Maybe if you open 'em up there is a hook or somthing along those lines.

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Old 08-03-2000, 11:06 PM   #5
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...but why would you only tow one side of the car? i seen it only on one side....also on a benz today i saw that it had circles on the side skirts...maybe bolts? i have no clue....


??
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:13 PM   #6
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dcrawford is right, they are covers for a tow hook. Why there is only one I still don't understand though.
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:24 PM   #7
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My friend's Audi has one. It is not nessecarily a tow hook, but rather a recovery hook. To pull you out of a ditch or something similar.
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:26 PM   #8
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i see, but still, wouldnt it make sense to use more than one?....i mean maybe that side is the jacked up side...then what, the axel??
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:37 PM   #9
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Here's one for you, what are the 4 little squares on the new M3's rear bumper for. I'm pretty sure they're just for visual enhancement, but I could be wrong.


Sure is a nice looking car
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:56 PM   #10
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Those square are back-up sensors that beep if you get within a certain distance of an object.
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Old 08-04-2000, 01:41 AM   #11
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so you mean the s2000's have sensors also?
that would be cool
im kidding
what are the circular things on the back of the s2000's for?
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Old 08-04-2000, 03:47 AM   #12
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The circular things are the sensors for the proximity back up sensor. The squares cover the tie-down hook. It's used to tie the car down when shipped. Even our cars have them!
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Old 08-04-2000, 04:51 AM   #13
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The square holes for for towing/recovery..

Alot of Euro cars have them.. with some you just have to screw in a toe eyelet.. some have them already fitted.

The row of small circular holes are for sensors.. some are radar...some are ultrasonic.

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Old 08-04-2000, 06:24 AM   #14
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I have seen a kit to mount a small video camera in that opening, attached to the tow bracket. I think it was designed for a BMW but I'm sure it could be adapted to other makes. It was a really small Sony CCD that hooked up to a VCR in the trunk, so you could do video of a track or whatever. Like the in car or on-car views on Speedvision. Anybody know where I can find that again? I've lost the link.
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Old 08-04-2000, 04:16 PM   #15
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Some Audis (A6?) have pop-up "R2D2" headlight washers. They sit on top of the bumpers, then pop up (R2D2 style) to clean the headlights. Kinda nifty if you've seen it in action.
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Old 08-04-2000, 07:46 PM   #16
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Those little circle ones on the side skirts of Benz's are jack points. Pop it out and the jack has a peg that rides in that hole. My friend had one and we had to change a flat.
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Old 08-04-2000, 08:37 PM   #17
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You mean this? (under the right headlight, our left right now)


I have no idea
anyone? anyone?

Edit: mispelled URL


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Old 08-04-2000, 11:32 PM   #18
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BTW (OT) Those headlights would look much
better on the new Impreza.

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Old 08-04-2000, 11:46 PM   #19
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tht car is so badass..drool..i want one next to my RS...

*humina humina humina*

that's probably the cold air intake into the filter box when racing...hey i can dream!

damn i'm drunk ..lol
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Old 08-04-2000, 11:50 PM   #20
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The question has already been answered, BUT here it goes again...

In many foreign contries, not sure if this is law or what, cars have a small hole (such as the above S2000 pic) where a recovery hook can be screwed in. Find one of these cars and use a small screw driver and remove the cover... You should find a small threaded hole.

Quite simple really, but when you remember that car companies are saving money by making the US parts the same as the foreign parts, it's not surprising to see these things arising... (Look at the Toyota Echo... Talk about a LHD/RHD swappable configuration!!!)

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