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davewoolley 01-08-2013 08:03 AM

Driver side headlight
 
On my 05 645 the headlight went out so I took it to foreign affairs to take a look they called and said the whole lighting mechanism got wet and shorted out so I need a new one. They told me just for new parts was 2,100 and 2 hours to install. Does this sound correct?

roseng 01-08-2013 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by davewoolley (Post 7297990)
On my 05 645 the headlight went out so I took it to foreign affairs to take a look they called and said the whole lighting mechanism got wet and shorted out so I need a new one. They told me just for new parts was 2,100 and 2 hours to install. Does this sound correct?

Way over priced.

First, did you find the source of the water? Perhaps replacement AE bulbs? Don't fix or replace anything till you find that, or you will pay more than once for this repair.

There are 2 modules in each light, one for the headlight control, and one for the adaptive motors.

If you are handy you can even fix this yourself but you do need to remove the front bumper so it's involved, but not brain surgery.

I would get a good indie as the cost is way out of line. See my other posts here on parts and here on replacement AEs.

davewoolley 01-08-2013 09:49 AM

Does anybody know of a good Indy in west palm beach?

davewoolley 01-08-2013 10:22 AM

Is it pretty simple to take off bumper?

gregb 01-08-2013 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by davewoolley (Post 7298297)
Is it pretty simple to take off bumper?

yes - there is a good thread on front bumper removal in the DIY section at this link.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...59&postcount=1

I did it myself a couple of months ago in < 30 minutes, and I'm an office jockey without much DIY experience. I replaced a fog light and housing that got munched by road debris.

GetMeABeer 01-08-2013 03:40 PM

You probably have to do both driver and passenger headlights, they will burn differently and look weird, unless you don't care.

Happened on my 00 328ci. Driver side went out, replaced only one side, one was like bright blue, older one was purple, looked terrible, hated it. Didn't have to worry about it too long, totaled it soon after :(.

roseng 01-08-2013 08:38 PM

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Originally Posted by GetMeABeer (Post 7299061)
You probably have to do both driver and passenger headlights, they will burn differently and look weird, unless you don't care.
:(.

Very good point. I am about to change to MTEC6000k for that exact reason. They will never match.


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