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Old 02-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Xenon HID Bulbs Replacements -- saved a bundle

I thought I'd share this story because it saved me a lot of money:

I noticed that my (Xenon) lights were not quite as bright while driving at night and stopped by the BMW dealership to have them take a quick look. The lenses were fine, but they said that my bulbs likely need to be replaced.

They quoted me around $300 per bulb!

Needless to day, I didn't want to spend $600 plus labour on bulbs.

I found a set of Philips D2S Xenon HID bulbs (85122+) on Amazon. I had them installed today (at Island Motorsport) and they're much nicer than the OEM bulbs -- noticed the difference immediately.

On a related note, I saved a bundle on replacement fog lights. The dealership price on those was $220 per unit, with the total including labour at around $750. I bought two fog lights from Turner Motorsport. The total cost was about $400, which includes the two units, shipping, duties, UPS fee and installation.

I'll post a photo this weekend so you can see the new lights.

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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There is no way that the dealer wanted 300 per bulb plus labor. That just doesn't make any sense.
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I agree that it doesn't make sense, but it's true. Call your dealership -- you'll be surprised. I have read several reviews and forum posts that quote the dealer prices from $150 to $250. The service rep at BMW didn't look anything up on the computer, but did say that I'd be looking at close to $800 for bulb replacement, including labour.
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I order them off ebay... they die quicker than the quality bulbs you bought but literally cost 10 bucks a pair.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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I agree that it doesn't make sense, but it's true. Call your dealership -- you'll be surprised. I have read several reviews and forum posts that quote the dealer prices from $150 to $250. The service rep at BMW didn't look anything up on the computer, but did say that I'd be looking at close to $800 for bulb replacement, including labour.
Crazy. What labor? Lol

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Crazy. What labor? Lol

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He ain't lying. Same thing happened to me a couple weeks ago. Stealership wanted 244 for just ONE bulb, and extra for labor. Screw that, I changed it myself.
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He ain't lying. Same thing happened to me a couple weeks ago. Stealership wanted 244 for just ONE bulb, and extra for labor. Screw that, I changed it myself.

I'm glad you did. I'm surprised you guys actually visit the dealership for something as simple as a light being out. Do you guys visit your home builder when a kitchen light goes out?
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I was also getting an estimate for sun roof repair while there, damn thing won't go all the way back.
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I was also getting an estimate for sun roof repair while there, damn thing won't go all the way back.
I was only kidding ;D
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