As I remember when I fitted mine, the bulbs are soldered to the bulb holder. The bulb holder itself is seperate to the lamp but it looks like individual bulbs cant be replaced and you have to change the whole unit, i.e the holder the bulbs actually fit into, god only knows why. He may have to change the entire holder or unsolder the bulb...
I've kept my old lights so I can use the old holder in the clear lamp unit when the bulbs blow. The same bulbs as fitted in the white light kit are available from most car shops.
Hope that makes sense, my old lamps arent here otherwise I would take a picture.
Pepper White/Black Cooper S GTT210
Milltek Exhaust, Cooper Motorsport Strut Brace, Eibach Springs.
Thats correct-They are soldered for some stupid unkown reason! Though it might be fairly easy to remove with a solder iron?
Alternatively like cooperstan said, obtain a set of original pre 05 clusters off Ebay-Usually £20+Postage then swap the bulb holders across, you will have to buy the various buls though, Brake , Fog indicator etc in with silver coating like the ones in there now.
Only thing else could suggest is take them back to dealer and play hell that this is the most stupid design you have ever seen and you want replacements!
Not sure that would go down very well... It's not the dealers fault. If the lights are less than two years old and you have your original receipt (assuming they came from a dealer) then they'll be covered by warranty.
I know this is way too late for you, but hopefully this helps others.
Just replaced the brake bulb on my '06 Cooper S. Here's the blow-by-blow:
1) Opened the access panel
2) Unscrewed the 10 mm hex nut holding in the brake light assembly
3) Detached the cable harness, pressed in the retaining springs and removed the assembly
4) Squeezed the clips to remove the bulb board (holding 3 bulbs) from the lens cover
5) Removed the brake bulb from the board (press in and rotate ~ 45 degrees)
Installation is the opposite of removal.
According to my Bentley manual, owners of convertible Coopers need to replace the entire assembly.
Ah, never realized there was an option when it came to the tail lights, and had not noticed any difference when it came to the lights on the 02-06 Minis. I'll be keeping an eye out for them... I'm interested to see what they look like.
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