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      03-02-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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Angry Condensation in Headlights!!!!

guys this car is really getting to me with all these b*llsh*t problems for no reason what so ever the passenger headlight and both fog lights have Condensation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please tell me theres a way to fix this fu***** PROBLEM!!!! without going to the dealer.


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      03-02-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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The seal has been compromised. Check for any leaks.
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      03-02-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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      03-02-2010, 11:11 AM   #4
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Crack it open, clean it, and reseal it?????
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      03-02-2010, 12:34 PM   #5
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      03-02-2010, 12:37 PM   #6
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It's only headlight and foglights. There is no need to get super angry about it. I can't imagine what happens when you get a flat tire.

Short term fix - let your car cook in direct sunlight (headlight facing sun) for a few days.
Medium fix - park your car in a heated garage for a few days.
Long term fix - remove headlight and foglight, inspect for seal issues.
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      03-02-2010, 12:39 PM   #7
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if your car is under warranty they'll swap them out no charge. Happened to me too on the fogs, they said it wasn't a big deal.
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      03-02-2010, 03:47 PM   #8
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I picked up my car last night. Brand new 2010 and all lights had condensation. I will watch out for it and hoping this is not a bad sign of things to come.
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      03-02-2010, 04:00 PM   #9
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the condensation usually goes away after you drive with the headlights on for a while. Also, the headlights are not air-tight, there are small drain holes at the bottom. Though if there is a lot of water getting in, it could mean that there is a leak somewhere.
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      03-02-2010, 04:46 PM   #10
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if your car is under warranty they'll swap them out no charge. Happened to me too on the fogs, they said it wasn't a big deal.
+1...they changed mine free of charge also.
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I thought this was common. I saw a Range Rover with condesation in the rear tails this week.
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      03-02-2010, 06:19 PM   #12
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i have aftermarket HID Angel Eyes you think they would say anything?
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i have aftermarket HID Angel Eyes you think they would say anything?
As long as you didn't break the seal to the headlight installing them (ie, you just changed a bulb) I wouldn't worry about it.

...But you never know, depends on your relationship with your dealer.
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As long as you didn't break the seal to the headlight installing them (ie, you just changed a bulb) I wouldn't worry about it.

...But you never know, depends on your relationship with your dealer.
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I am surprised to see people suggesting that the headlights are sealed units. SAs and dealers here have insisted that the headlights are not sealed... at least on my X5, and minor condensation is expected and acceptable. (?)
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I am surprised to see people suggesting that the headlights are sealed units. SAs and dealers here have insisted that the headlights are not sealed... at least on my X5, and minor condensation is expected and acceptable. (?)
I've never had ANY condensation on ANY BMW I've owned....

....yet it seems people who open up and modify their headlights tend to frequently have this issue.
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The only condensation I ever got on my E46 was in the aftermarket fog lights on my M3 replica bumper... but I can't fault BMW for that one.
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I am surprised to see people suggesting that the headlights are sealed units. SAs and dealers here have insisted that the headlights are not sealed... at least on my X5, and minor condensation is expected and acceptable. (?)
depends on the year of your X5.. 11/02 on they are sealed and cannot be opened. prior to 11/02 they could be baked open. the early x5 headlights were not sealed at all.
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      12-06-2010, 03:06 AM   #19
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Now I am confused... is it or is it not normal to have little mist/condensation after all? I own different car and do not see any condensation on the headlamps...
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i remember reading something about there being a bulletn where a lil condensatin was normal. I hadnt noticed any in mine until i did the angel eye upgrade+drl bulbs swap..i had to pop off the covers to access the drl's. There tight as sh*t so i dont see how anything can get it but i guess somehow it does.
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NOT normal....
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SA is the only person to mess with my car and I get some condensation in both lights, usually after I wash it and it's cold outside. By the time I arrive at my destination it's gone.

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I've never had ANY condensation on ANY BMW I've owned....

....yet it seems people who open up and modify their headlights tend to frequently have this issue.
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