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E63 / E64 6 Series (2003 - 2013)
The E63/E64 BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 05-18-2012, 03:41 PM
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Adaptive Headlight malfunction problem-- HELP!!

Hi People and fellow 6er owners! I just got my self a 2005 645ci, such a sweet car! I noticed my drivers side headlight started condensing and i got a "Adaptive headlight malfunction" problem on my dash and idrive.

So i started looking around the headlight area and i noticed the the low beam cover was not on properly! so i let all the condensation out and put the cover on properly. I took my car thru a carwash to check and no more condensation!

Now my driver side adaptive headlight function is still now working and the idrive still shows the malfunction and to make it worse I noticed the projector beam is stuck in the high beam position so im blinding everyone out there!

The light still turns ON no problem but it doesnt move anymore and stuck on the high position.
I did some research and found fellow members having the same problem. Most of them pointed out that its the headlight control module under the assembly, and if I replace that it might fix the issue.

I found a bunch of sellers on ebay selling it around $130. I think I am capable of replacing that my self. My local Indy shop quoted me $700 and stealership wouldnt even touch it. They said its not serviceable and replacement of the assembly is required and qouted upwards of 2k!

Can anyone give me some advice? I read somewhere that the control unit is only responsible for the left and right movement and not up and down, is this correct? does the control unit need any kind of calibration?

Thanks!

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Old 05-18-2012, 04:21 PM
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I had a similar experience on the passenger side of my 2005. I ended up having an independent shop replace and calibrate the new control module. I think it was in the $300 range for part and labor. Since then I put a layer of silicone around the light access panel in the tire well to "help" keep the moisture out. When you start the car the lights should go through a self leveling procedure, does your light move at all?
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:51 PM
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No, they dont move at all. I know what you're talking about because I had a 5 series with adaptive headlights and they self leveled every time is started the car. But my 6er doesnt.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:58 PM
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I called 2 Indy shops in my area and they both quoted around $700 for replacing the module! $300 is a really good price!
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:39 AM
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I called 2 Indy shops in my area and they both quoted around $700 for replacing the module! $300 is a really good price!
Word me too 700 and the dealer 2500 so 300$ is almost unreal
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:29 PM
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I found a seller on ebay and bought the part used for 49 dollars and installed it myself in thirty minutes and worked like a charm. Extremely easy and anyone should be able to do it.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:03 AM
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I found a seller on ebay and bought the part used for 49 dollars and installed it myself in thirty minutes and worked like a charm. Extremely easy and anyone should be able to do it.
Are you talking about the control unit? Can you give me the part number?
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:29 AM
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Are you talking about the control unit? Can you give me the part number?
I looked it up on realoem.com for an 06 650i

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...22&hg=63&fg=05

63126939069 $130.78
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:52 AM
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I found a seller on ebay and bought the part used for 49 dollars and installed it myself in thirty minutes and worked like a charm. Extremely easy and anyone should be able to do it.
Maybe the same problem with my 530i... I get this error message..
How to pin it down??
Is there any DIY on changing the control unit, or calibrating it (if that is the root cause)?
Thanks .... a lot
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:29 AM
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I too am having the adaptive headlight malfunction warning on my 2006 325xi. Am hoping it is an easy DIY fix because I am out of warranty... thanks for the help in advance!!!
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:15 PM
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I too am having the adaptive headlight malfunction warning on my 2006 325xi. Am hoping it is an easy DIY fix because I am out of warranty... thanks for the help in advance!!!
I dont think theres a diy here. most of the people here just take it to the stealership and get it fixed from them.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:29 PM
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Thanks for the reply and good luck!
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:12 PM
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I found a seller on ebay and bought the part used for 49 dollars and installed it myself in thirty minutes and worked like a charm. Extremely easy and anyone should be able to do it.
Is that what you are talking about (in the picture). I can took out both headlights, and can replace it fairly easy (I have to take out light anyway, to replace igniter, max half an hr job), and can get it on ebay for around 50-60 bucks.. However, do I need to program? if I do, what (I can do some programming).
I have 2006, 530 I. Dont have enough money to give 700 to dealer for both .
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:49 PM
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No more bull**** indey shops

I have a question my right low beam went out I took it to a indy shop, they told me I need a control unit module but the only thing is they haven't put my latch back on to prevent any water to get inside the lights or anything now all my wires are sticking out my tires ate all the wires up he said come tomorrow because I am very very upset can I sue him?
Now adaptive headlamps came on smh he owes me a whole new light Assembly
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:57 PM
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I have a question my right low beam went out I took it to a indy shop, they told me I need a control unit module but the only thing is they haven't put my latch back on to prevent any water to get inside the lights or anything now all my wires are sticking out my tires ate all the wires up he said come tomorrow because I am very very upset can I sue him?
Now adaptive headlamps came on smh he owes me a whole new light Assembly
Was this a BMW shop?
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:36 PM
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Ok, I just want to make sure I am understanding this correctly. Low beam out. I had water in my headlight. Resealed headlight and fixed problem. Through swapping parts I found out it was the control module. Took it apart and it was burned up. Bought one off of Ebay and put it in. Headlight now works. Adaptive message is still present. My questions:

1. This was a used control module. Can BMW code it for me? What is a reasonable price for this service?
2. Is this something I can do myself if I buy the DIS software and cable?
3. Where is the best place to buy the software and cable? I am running Windows 7 64 bit on my PC.

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Old 05-19-2012, 12:32 AM
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Thanks! So you're saying you had the same exact problem?
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:37 PM
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Bump. Can anyone tell me the exact part i need? i really want to do this my self and not take it to the stealership. thanks.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:13 PM
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Hello, I am brand new to the forum. I also have a 2005 645ci. The "Adaptive Headlight" warning is also on mine...but when I start the vehicle, both lights go through the up/down diagnostic. I don't know how to tell if they are working or what the issue is that is resulting in the error message. Any help anyone might offer would be very much appreciated.

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Same problem today on my 335d. High and low beams still work manually though. Under warranty so will take to dealer.

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Same problem today on my 335d. High and low beams still work manually though. Under warranty so will take to dealer.

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You are talking about Adaptive Headlamp problem, or??? If yes, same issue is the culprit for auto high/ low beam?
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:12 PM
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Same problem today on my 335d. High and low beams still work manually though. Under warranty so will take to dealer.

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My car is at the dealer today. Fix requires replacing the headlight "stepper motor" and some "reprogramming". Good news is this is warranty repair and I have a 2013 X3 loaner till my car is fixed.
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My car is at the dealer today. Fix requires replacing the headlight "stepper motor" and some "reprogramming". Good news is this is warranty repair and I have a 2013 X3 loaner till my car is fixed.
Thanks for the update. Nothing beats not having to take any thing out of pocket to get fix. Stepper motor huh? Maybe this is something for others to look into since all models use the same setup for the adaptive headlights.
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You are talking about Adaptive Headlamp problem, or??? If yes, same issue is the culprit for auto high/ low beam?
Adaptive headlights refer to headlights which automatically swivel to follow the curves of the road. Automatic high beams, option 5AC on my car, adjusts for high/low beams when a sensor determines. Sorry to confuse the issue. My car's problem was with the former, not the latter.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:56 AM
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Adaptive headlights refer to headlights which automatically swivel to follow the curves of the road. Automatic high beams, option 5AC on my car, adjusts for high/low beams when a sensor determines. Sorry to confuse the issue. My car's problem was with the former, not the latter.
So, basically your problem was also with Adaptive Headlights.. and you said it needed a new motor, and programming.
In your bill, does it say the part number/ price of motor? And also, any idea what kind of programming is needed?
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