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volcamp55 11-09-2012 08:23 AM

Xenon vs HID vs H7
 
I currently have Xenon headlights (with type Bosch AL ballasts) in my 2002 330i. Both headlights have problems. My question is this .. if I were to find some HID headlights or H7 headlights, would these be suitable replacements for the Xenon (type Bosch AL) headlight assemblies I currently have. I'm getting ready to sell the 330i and I really don't care if the headlights are Xenon, HID, or H7 .. I just want the cheapest way to fix it and have working headlights. Thanks .. Rick

Grande D 11-09-2012 08:53 AM

The car will have to be coded if you go from xenon to halogen. HID is xenon technically, although HID often refers to cheap kits people put in Halogen lamps. Do not do that. It's tacky and distracting for other drivers.

Solidjake 11-09-2012 08:55 AM

Read this

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=925497


What is wrong with the headlights? You can either fix the issues or get halogen headlights and put in Morimoto mini projectors (coding won't be needed)

volcamp55 11-09-2012 11:01 AM

Thanks for the info, guys! I initially had the driver's side ballast die, due to moisture getting into the electronics. I got a used ballast replacement and had it installed, and problem was fixed .. for 4 days. Then it went out again. had my mechanic thoroughly swap out and test everything from ballast, igniter, and bulbs, as well as continuity in the wiring. He couldn't find anything wrong, except that the ballast must be out. After this testing, the passenger headlight started going on and off and random. I feel like it's all related and that there might be a short in the wiring somewhere. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help.

haurelio 11-09-2012 01:31 PM

hmmm. just like you mention, it could be a short somewhere.. there are some test that can be done but not sure which ones.. if thats the case, even if you switch to halogen, the problem might still persist because of the short..


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