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Old 12-29-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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Headlight Unit Replacement

I have a 2002 325xi, with stock Xenon headlights. I am in the market to replace the headlight unit for the driver's side, because it has condensation in there and the dealer said that it should be replaced because that is damaging the electrical parts inside (plus the bulb went out).

Figured I might as well go ahead and get headlight units with angel eyes (which I've wanted for a while).

I found some that I liked on E-bay, contacted the seller, and they asked me if I had the Bi-Xenon feature. Does a 325 with stock xenon headlights have the bi-xenon feature? What is the bi-xenon feature anyway?
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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99% the ones you will get from ebay with angel eyes, will be inferior to your existing ones specially in light output. Pop the headlight, let it dry from moisture, re-seal the clear cover, make sure all the tabs around are intact and have locked, change the bulb and call it a day - my personal opinion.. if you want angel eyes, while the cover is off it is easy to fit them anyway
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99% the ones you will get from ebay with angel eyes, will be inferior to your existing ones specially in light output. Pop the headlight, let it dry from moisture, re-seal the clear cover, make sure all the tabs around are intact and have locked, change the bulb and call it a day - my personal opinion.. if you want angel eyes, while the cover is off it is easy to fit them anyway
+1. I'd personally only go with aftermarket xenons if you're coming from a halogen system. If you have the OEM projectors, just keep everything OEM and install angel eyes while you're fixing the seals. This is assuming that your ballast and ignitor are still in good shape. If you still want to mod, you can change the temp bulb that you have for a better effect. I went from 4k to 6k and it made a huge difference.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response. Do you think it would be better to just buy a new (used) OEM headlight unit just to be sure that there was no damage done to the electronics due to the moisture? Weird thing is the light will work sometimes, but when it's wet out it doesn't work. Most of the times it doesn't work, but on a random dry day it comes on. That makes me think I can just let the moisture dry out (like you said) and it will be fine.
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No, don't go with crap aftermarket assemblies when you have OEM lights which are far superior.

Check the back caps on the low/high beams and make sure they are closed properly, also take out the front lenses and make sure that the black guide tabs are not pinched inwards by the lenses. New headlight gasket is $22 each and I recommended getting it now. After that check your wiring and truly see if it is damaged/etc and for the bulb go to www.theretrofitsource.com and get Philips 85122+ bulbs as replacements for the pair. I think there might be some protective sprays for wiring (some type of silicon) to seal them off from moisture, etc.
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We offer new replacement Philips OE bulbs for $99
http://www.umnitza.com/philips-d2s-8...ir-p-5693.html

As others have already stated, it's only 7 clips that hold the plexy cover in place. You can easily open it, clean it all, and even apply a little rubber moisturizer to get the seal working better.
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