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Old 10-03-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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OEM Xenon Retrofit onto a car that used to have Xenons

Alright this a an odd situation; So after I bought my car I went and looked up with BMW VIN decoder what the car had from the factory. Well, The car was equipped with Xenons from the factory, but the PO seems to have replaced them with halogens. Now my question(s): Can I buy any Pre-Facelift OEM Xenon headlights used from somewhere(ie. CL, eBay) and just plug them in? Will my car have to coded, and can I do it with PA Soft? Also what has to be included with the headlight to make this work? My car is a 2001 330ci. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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Im unsure if youll need to recode, but if you do its easy with PA Soft. Just programmed someones who bought oem xenon retrofits
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:46 PM   #3
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Alright good to know, Does anyone know if the sedan and coupe headlights are interchangeable? If they aren't, can I just swap the contents from the Xenons into my existing headlights? Thanks
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:49 PM   #4
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They are not interchangeable due to the corner light (coupe is curved, sedan is straight/slanted). The internals can be swapped from what I can see but don't quote me on that.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:22 PM   #5
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So after poking around on eBay some of these projector headlights go for $100-200. The headlight housings are in rough shape, but the internals are what matter. I would swap the Xenon components(Projector, ballast, ignitor) into my halogen headlight housing, then plug it in, and it should work(right?). As for the headlights I would use 6k bulbs but I'm unsure where to buy D2S bulbs. Any help would be awesome.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:49 PM   #6
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I am in the exact same situation.(previous owner put halogens in) Any updates on how your experience went?
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