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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:22 PM
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moisture inside the headlights

poor QC! My new X3 developed moisture inside one of the headlight after it rained hard for 2 days.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:20 PM
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I haven't heard of this problem before.
Not sure if one instance out of thousands rises to the level of poor QC.
Take it in, get it fixed, and be on your merry way. It doesn't sound major.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:37 PM
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Where exactly do you mean? If it's inside the plastic cover, that's totally normal.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:41 PM
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I had multiple problems with my X3
1. oil level sensor malfunction
2. the handle bar at the rear came loose
3. the screw cover of the rear wiper came off and got lost
4. moisture in the headlight

I still love my x3.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:46 PM
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what do you mean. it's totally normal? I had several cars already and I never had moisture/ water droplets in the headlight.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:50 PM
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I don't know if this is normal.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:53 PM
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I had multiple problems with my X3
1. oil level sensor malfunction
2. the handle bar at the rear came loose
3. the screw cover of the rear wiper came off and got lost
4. moisture in the headlight

I still love my x3.
Yours does seem to have a very unusual amount of nickel and dime type problems (except for the sensor which can be more serious). There isnít nearly as much activity on Bimmerfest for the new X3 as some of the other forums, and to-date yours seems to have had just about every problem reported. This is very unusual. Sorry to hear this.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:57 PM
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I agree! I'm one of the unlucky one!
all in all it's still a great car
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:11 PM
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I don't know if this is normal.
I wouldn't accept that as normal and would tell the dealer I want it fixed. It's not like your driving around a cheap a$# vehicle!
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:43 PM
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I don't know if this is normal.
No it's not normal.....
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:58 PM
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I'll bring it to the dealer this week
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This is normal - no need to panic. I've had 4 new BMWs and this happened with two of them. Depends on the time of year you take delivery - spring and fall are the common times to see this because of the temperature and humidity swings. It will go away and after a short time it will not reoccur.

If for some reason it does continue to occur after a week or two, call your BMW Center and let them know. But I think you'll be fine.
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These enclosures are not airtight. Air and moisture get in. And out. Nothing to be concerned about. That isn't "in the headlight".
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These enclosures are not airtight. Air and moisture get in. And out. Nothing to be concerned about. That isn't "in the headlight".


Sure nothing to concern yourself over. Water and electricity go well together. I had this with the tail lights on my X3 and had them replace the entire housing as well as the electrics.

I take it you have never seen an electrical fire or been electrocuted? Neither is pretty or fun.

BMW's electronics are as delicate as they come. Nothing like a short to screw something else up.

With all the issues you have had I would settle for nothing less than a complete replacement of the housing.
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I'd definitely get the entire headlamp replaced. That's not normal for any car, and as Ev mentioned, water and electricity don't go well.

Maybe you got a Monday auto?
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:07 AM
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hehe. probably. I called BMW this morning and they want me to bring the car in. Thanks for the advice
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:11 AM
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I dont consider this normal. My 5 year old X3 as never had a drop of visible moisture inside.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:36 AM
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Not normal.

Will be replaced under warranty - no questions.

Not sure who BMW sources for the headlight units - but I have seen this occur occassionally, and not just on BMWs.
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