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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 10-09-2012, 09:24 PM
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Exclamation BMW 545i HEADLAMP Hi LOW BEAM PROBLEM

I have just purchased a 04 bmw 545i with a headlight out.

Now that i have gotten into it and started fixing it, i found that the high/low beam halogen light was not just a blown bulb, but the light was free floating in the adaptive lends attached to the "ignitor" I believe its called... The ignitor seemed to be just placed in the headlamp with nothing securing it... Deffinatly not right.. there is no power at all to the control box when the power to low or high beam is on... The angel eyes on the headlamp still have power, the directionals still work, and the driver headlamp works perfectly... It appears to me that the wires connecting from the wiring harness to the control box have been spliced and reconnected to possibly a different plug (it is connected securely and properly), a different control box, and a different ignitor which would explain why the ignitor did not secure to the headlamp. Im 18 and completely baffled.... Not really looking to spend a grand on a single headlamp...

Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:18 PM
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This is too confusing an explanation. Maybe post some photos. Sounds like a wiring job and maybe a new bulb. I just bought one for $40 online, so don't think you need to spend that much.
Maybe you can see how the working head light is different from the non working one?
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:29 AM
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I have just purchased a 04 bmw 545i with a headlight out.

Im 18 and completely baffled.... Not really looking to spend a grand on a single headlamp...


THANK YOU!
That's the thing about owning a BMW, the price is all relative. If you can't afford repairs, don't own one. haha

But..... As far as the problem you're having, look online for the wiring diagram. Check and make sure all the wires are making ground, also check all fuses if you haven't already. Sounds like a fuse issue. IMO
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:05 AM
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That's the thing about owning a BMW, the price is all relative. If you can't afford repairs, don't own one. haha

But..... As far as the problem you're having, look online for the wiring diagram. Check and make sure all the wires are making ground, also check all fuses if you haven't already. Sounds like a fuse issue. IMO
Thank you, I looked a little more on this forum last night and saw something about checking a F-5 and F-6 fuse... Im at college and wont be home till friday to check this out but it definitely sounds like it could be the problem. Possibly thinking that part of the reason it could have blown is because it was not secured and was shaking around... Hmmm

Not the fact that I cant afford repairs, but that if i could take a few simple steps to save myself the extra money I would be satisfied.



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This is too confusing an explanation. Maybe post some photos. Sounds like a wiring job and maybe a new bulb. I just bought one for $40 online, so don't think you need to spend that much.
Maybe you can see how the working head light is different from the non working one?
Kid before me was definitely a hack.... I have already purchased new bulbs. I now plan on checking fuses but until then will look into the wiring diagram. Do you remember how the ignitor connected to the back of the headlamp? I believe that is part of my problem and know it is not right... I would post pics but wont be home till friday afternoon...

THANKS AGAIN,
Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:32 AM
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haha Im just yanking your chain, I too had my 5 series in college - so I can't talk. :P But I did have the full bumper to bumper warranty at the time so I never worried about it. I'm sure if I didn't have a warranty I would be freaking out as well. Hope you fix it!!! Like said before, 90%% sure it's a fuse. Like you said it could have happened since the light wasn't secure or maybe some condensation.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:11 AM
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Thanks again. Ill get back to you friday and let you know if that was it...
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:47 PM
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Had my dad check the fuses and they are still good... Any other ideas...
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