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      02-03-2012, 03:11 AM   #1
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Headlight not Working

The other night I was in dead stopped traffic for about 30 minutes. Since I wasn't moving and the radio was saying that there was a horrible accident up ahead I decided to turn off my headlights. My stock Xenon's were reflecting off the chrome bumper of the truck in front. Of course, the minute I turn off my lights, we all start moving again. I turn my headlight back on and noticed that the driver side headlight went out.

I assumed that the stock D1S bulb burned out. So I bought the D1S bulb from Sonic Tuning and installed it tonight. Passenger side works, as expected. The driver side did not work. I plugged in the working D1S bulb from the passenger side to the driver side, still nothing.

As of right now, I installed all the new parts (D1S 6000K, MTEC AE, Luminics Krypton 2500k fogs) and checked the fuse box. I wasn't sure which one to check. I looked at the diagram and made my best guess to check. Two of the fuses are 40 and one is 5. All three fuses look fine.

I am really afraid it's the ballast. Most people that have ballast problems have aftermarket parts. But my issue happened when I had all stock parts. Any ideas?

And if you guys really think it's the ballast, anyone know where I can get a good price for one? 07 328i E90.
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My stock ballasts (with stock everything else) went bad after <50k miles - I think it's a pretty known issue.
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Ugh...I ran 70k before this happened so I guess I got "lucky". I searched online and saw that it was about $390. Anyone know where I can get it for less?
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Ugh...I ran 70k before this happened so I guess I got &quot;lucky&quot;. I searched online and saw that it was about $390. Anyone know where I can get it for less?
http://www.highperformancebulbs.com/bmw3seseeoem.html while they are out of stock right now, this is a very fair price for one ballast.
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Thank you! I just sent them an email asking when it becomes available. It's been such a nightmare driving around without one headlight. Does the DIY involve taking the front bumper off? Not really sure if it's a DIY. There's a shop that wants 300 to install. Ripping me off or fair price?
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Thank you! I just sent them an email asking when it becomes available. It's been such a nightmare driving around without one headlight. Does the DIY involve taking the front bumper off? Not really sure if it's a DIY. There's a shop that wants 300 to install. Ripping me off or fair price?
I don't think you'll have to take off the bumper. You will almost certainly have to remove the fender liner (and it would probably make it a ton easier to remove the wheel too), but I don't believe that involves removing the bumper. I personally would say $300 is a little much, especially if you are providing the part.
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Only thing I found online was a e46 DIY. Does anyone have a e90 DIY?
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In case anyone else has this issue in the future...I gave up. Sucked it up. Went to dealer. It was the headlight module. They spent 2 hours. Took care of it and I paid hoping to never look back again.
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Well the standard diagnosis procedure is to swap bulbs, then ballasts, then modules, testing along the way to isolate the culprit.

Taking it to a dealer risks other damage. Dad's X5 was taken in to have the xenon bulb replaced (under warranty). They didn't seal it correctly, water got inside, fried the control module and shorted the LKM (equivalent to FRM on our cars). Now the adaptive doesn't work and isn't trivial to fix.
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http://www.highperformancebulbs.com/bmw3seseeoem.html while they are out of stock right now, this is a very fair price for one ballast.
This ballast is for the 2008 sedan model...are they the same for an 09 coupe?
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This ballast is for the 2008 sedan model...are they the same for an 09 coupe?
Hmm...I believe they are--both use a D1S Mitsubishi Ballast--but let me try and do some digging for you, just because I don't want to lead you down the wrong path!
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This ballast is for the 2008 sedan model...are they the same for an 09 coupe?
All of the Pre LCI E90 uses Mitsubishi ballast.

E92 uses Al Xenon.

PM me if you have any other questions.
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I think I may have ran into the same issue. Is there more options out there than buying oem or from ecs for that price?
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