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Old 05-18-2017, 09:08 PM   #1
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Adaptive headlights

Hello all!
I am new to this website and I have searched several forums and websites for this topic and haven't found my answer. So I am sorry if someone already posted about this.
I have an 09 335xi and just purchased new headlights, however they are non adaptive and the ones I already have in there are adaptive. Will my new headlights even work on my vehicle or no?
I am not a mechanic I just love cars and really want to make nice.
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:53 PM   #2
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You're looking for E90 forums.

But anyway, they'll work. It'll probably throw an error code for the adaptive function but beyond that, they'll be functional. You can have your car coded for non-adaptive and it'll get rid of the code.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:27 AM   #3
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Thank you, I appreciate it! I will register for e90 forums.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:30 AM   #4
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BTW, you would be a fool to replace Adaptive headlights with anything less. I have them in 3 of my cars and even my wife said she would never own another car without Adaptive headlights.

If there is a problem with the Adaptive headlights, repair what you have, nothing really exceeds the performance of Adaptive headlights that are working properly.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:37 AM   #5
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BTW, you would be a fool to replace Adaptive headlights with anything less. I have them in 3 of my cars and even my wife said she would never own another car without Adaptive headlights.

If there is a problem with the Adaptive headlights, repair what you have, nothing really exceeds the performance of Adaptive headlights that are working properly.
Yes, I know. My wife has an 08 335xi coupe and does not have adaptive headlights and doesn't like it after driving mine. I am not sure I can return the ones I just purchased tho. Plus I cant find the ones I like for less than $900 a piece. I guess its the price you pay to have a good car eh..
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What is wrong with the current headlights??

Look for used assemblies if needed.

Sell what you purchased or take a hit on the restocking fee.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:43 AM   #7
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What is wrong with the current headlights??

Look for used assemblies if needed.

Sell what you purchased or take a hit on the restocking fee.
Somehow my drivers side light broke, the whole light shines towards the ground. I already temporarily fixed it one time months ago but there were broken pieces inside so I knew it wouldn't last. When I took it out to fix it again, I realized it was pretty much beyond help. I am looking into what the restocking fees might be and I will try to return these. I'm out in Ohio but anybody know a place that sells any used ones but in good condition?
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I am unaware of problems with the E9x series Adaptive Lights, but a quick search seems to bring up some info:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=600121

I would search the Interwebs and see what you can find and it would be interesting to understand if the lens/light is coming loose from the pivots or something is actually breaking.

I would also say this is a PRIME candidate for the NHTSA Complaint because if this is a big enough issue, BMW may need to recall these headlights. Proper lighting is a safety issue and the burned bowls on the E46 and some other models was never addressed, but the problems started to show up after 10 years in most cases.

Filling the form out will not get your car fixed or recalled, but the more people that fill out complaint forms, the more likely this will get some coverage.

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:55 PM   #9
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I am unaware of problems with the E9x series Adaptive Lights, but a quick search seems to bring up some info:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=600121

I would search the Interwebs and see what you can find and it would be interesting to understand if the lens/light is coming loose from the pivots or something is actually breaking.

I would also say this is a PRIME candidate for the NHTSA Complaint because if this is a big enough issue, BMW may need to recall these headlights. Proper lighting is a safety issue and the burned bowls on the E46 and some other models was never addressed, but the problems started to show up after 10 years in most cases.

Filling the form out will not get your car fixed or recalled, but the more people that fill out complaint forms, the more likely this will get some coverage.

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/
Wow, thanks so much!! This is exactly the forum I need! I do remember seeing broken pieces in my light (both times I took the entire light out - takes forever!) so I don't know if it'll be able to be fixed but I will try again, I appreciate it man.
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:44 PM   #10
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so many answers in here I've been looking for in here. thank you
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