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Old 08-03-2008, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Rudy' post='638620' date='Aug 3 2008, 12:19 PM
If you look around the perimeter of the main (outer) beam, it will say "BMW Dynamic Xenon" if they are adaptive. Keep in mind before buying one on eBay that the lights are different between LCI and pre-LCI cars. Also, there are differences between some countries so be careful that you get one that matches the one you're replacing...
Thanks Rudy, however I made the purchase and realized that although my original and replacement are both adaptive, the new one does not fit my ballast. I think because my car is a 2004 545i (07/2004) and the replacement is from a 2006 530i. BMW probably made the changes after the 2004 model year. I guess it's back to the drawing board and start looking for an early built (2004) headlight assembly.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by JayDee427' post='638909' date='Aug 3 2008, 07:53 PM
Thanks Rudy, however I made the purchase and realized that although my original and replacement are both adaptive, the new one does not fit my ballast. I think because my car is a 2004 545i (07/2004) and the replacement is from a 2006 503i. BMW probably made the changes after the 2004 model year. I guess it's back to the drawing board and start looking for an early built (2004) headlight assembly.
Hey so what did you?? I have the exact same problem. I bought the headlights for the driver's side and realized the ballast would not fit. Looks just like the ones you got picture.
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:38 AM
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kinda lucky my car came with this option. I love how they move upwards and then back down when starting the car...
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I was wondering if anybody knew what I have to specifically fix if an "adaptive headlight" symbol came on in my 2006 530i???
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:10 AM
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I was wondering if anybody knew what I have to specifically fix if an "adaptive headlight" symbol came on in my 2006 530i???
Don't know, but if out of warranty, be prepared to have more than a few dollars part from your wallet to effectuate the repair.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:52 PM
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the green light indicator on the headlight switch on my car is blinking. i was told that this could be because the adaptive headlight function is disabled. which is pretty obvious since the headlight beam doesn't adjust with my steering wheel anymore. does anyone know if this is an easy fix? or do I have to get the whole thing reprogrammed from the stealership and pay a mortgage to do so?
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:09 AM
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It is indeed indicating a problem and that it's disabled.
When this happened on my car it was an easy fix. Cost depend on what broke. If you're lucky it is just a reprogramming.
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:13 PM
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do i have to get it reprogrammed by the dealer since they have the newest OBD scanners. or can I just go to any indy shop that has an OBD II scanner and have them find out what's wrong and hopefully just have it reprogrammed (if that is the problem).
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:33 PM
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:25 AM
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I like the functionality of the adaptive headlights. I'm just wondering about the headlight assembly of it, will it be more harder?
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