If a survey was ever taken as to which part on a BMW causes the most confusion as to exactly what its function is, it would probably be the parking lamps. They are usually the first bulbs that need replacing in the BMW F30
headlight assembly and their failure is the source of those indomitable warning messages on the iDrive and instrument cluster..."Parking lamp malfunction". Where are the parking lamps on a BMW F30 3 series and what are their purpose?
The parking lamps
on a 2012-2019 F30 3 series are located at the top inside corner of the high beam lens in the headlight assembly (see following image). They contain a small 6w bulb that is accessed from the top of the headlight assembly through a removable cover (see repair steps below).
The BMW F30 parking lamps are used as visual markers to identify the front and rear of a vehicle when it is parked on the side of a street that is poorly lit. The front parking lamps are a better alternative to identifying your vehicle to on coming traffic while parked on the side of the road; using the low/high beam bulbs
while parked can cause confusion as to what your intentions are. Laws requiring their use vary among countries, but it is always a good idea to use them if you are inside a parked vehicle on the side of a dark street.