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Old 05-23-2020, 06:43 PM   #1
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2 Different Igniters

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I'm pretty sure my igniter on the drivers side is shot. I ordered a new one based on the website's info that it was the right one for my vehicle. Apparently it is not the right one for my vehicle. When I took apart the headlight assembly, there is a bit of a difference between what I ordered and what I am supposed to have.

My car has the 2nd one with tabs for the screws to hold it in. The one I ordered (before I took the other out) is the one without tabs. Do I return it because it's the wrong one, or can I rig it to stay in with wire or duct tape or something else? I was wondering if the igniter gets hot and may affect the wire or duct tape enough to cause a fire, or will it be OK?

I have had the car for a while, and at this point am not planning holding on to it long term. I will hopefully be in the market for an e46 convertible soon, so I don't want to put much money into a 20 year old 323 with 273K on the odometer. Easy way out is to make it work. The other way is to make them pay shipping to take it back and send me the right one.

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Old 05-23-2020, 09:01 PM   #2
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:41 AM   #3
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Where did you get the part number? Go to www.realoem.com and enter the last 7 characters of your carís VIN. Hit enter and bookmark the page. Headlights are in lighting.
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Where did you get the part number? Go to www.realoem.com and enter the last 7 characters of your carís VIN. Hit enter and bookmark the page. Headlights are in lighting.
Thanks, I have that site bookmarked already. But these are not genuine BMW. Just looking for a cheap fix this time.
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:46 AM   #5
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E46's have 2 different brands of xenon headlights, with different ballasts. The igniter isn't that much of a deal, as long as they both fit.
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Might I suggest zip ties? They even make 'em
with loops so you could bolt one or 2 to the hold- down stud.

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Old 05-24-2020, 09:15 PM   #7
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I guess I will just make it work instead of going through the hassle of a return/exchange. Apparently the igniter doesn't get too hot so that won't be an issue. Thanks for your input.
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What about the wires? There are 2-wire and 3-wire igniters
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What about the wires? There are 2-wire and 3-wire igniters
Mine is a 2 wire as is the one I purchased. Just a different fastening system. I think I'm ok.
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Well, that didn't work. After a very brief period of working for about a minute, the driver side low beam is out again. So it's not the ballast, it's not the igniter, the only thing left that I can figure is the light switch/control module. I will grab a used one off Ebay since I can try it for $30. Can I just plug it in or do I have to some type of coding? I have PA Soft 1.4. Is that enough?
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