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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-26-2012, 04:37 PM
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Original lights on 320i????

Seems like a bit of a stupid question, but what were the original headlights that came on the 2001 320i? Would have been base model. The car I have has obviously been a victim of a rash customization as the low beams were switched out for xenon lights and the high beams were left with what appears to be quartz lights. The xenon igniters were left to dangle in behind the headlights in front of the wheel wells. Now it appears the igniters or ballasts are failing. One side is coming on intermittently and the other side has failed. I'd like to return it to the original lights. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:29 PM
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First of all, we never got that model (320i) here in the States, so there`s no way most of us would know what equipment was standard on it.

Furthermore, by your description, it appears that the car was probably modified by a previous owner.

You might be better off retrofitting with a correct & proper light set, rather than trying to fix someone else`s abortion....
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:51 PM
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Thanks Bob. You are probably right. I thought with some original light sockets and new bulbs I could wire it back to original. In Canada the320i was the base model BMW. Very basic. No cruise, base radio, very basic. Still operates and drives well though.
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