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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 07-23-2013, 09:54 AM
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2006 330ci Low beams not working

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My 2006 330ci both low beams are not working. If i put the mode in auto, just orange lights are on in day time but when i pull into a dark place the high beams are on directly. If i change the mode to low beams its only orange light just as auto mode. Its happening for both lights.
What might be the issue? I dont think its lights since same thing for both sides. its driving me crazy. Please help

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Old 07-23-2013, 01:06 PM
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:30 PM
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Activity slow during the day. Sometimes you just have to wait till people see your post.
You have not told us which headlight option you have on your car.
Are you aware how your lights work normally? On my Bi-xenon adaptive lights, the low beam is only one light on each side. Is that what you mean?

First thing I'd want to check out is the stalk switch.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:35 PM
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Activity slow during the day. Sometimes you just have to wait till people see your post.
You have not told us which headlight option you have on your car.
Are you aware how your lights work normally? On my Bi-xenon adaptive lights, the low beam is only one light on each side. Is that what you mean?

First thing I'd want to check out is the stalk switch.

I recently bought the car and I am not sure what type it is. Attached are pics from auto mode to high beams. Its a zhp model if it helps. Car is in covered parking when i took the pics and auto has headlights on directly( I think its headlights because blue sign on the dash is on)
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:17 PM
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:03 AM
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Could be your stalk switch as mentioned. Or maybe a fault in your light module. A good scanner that can read the light module errors might help in that case. BMW scanner PA soft or something like that.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:28 AM
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which light will be on for low beams normally ? Are high beams in the picture look good , its the bottom set in the pic.

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Old 07-24-2013, 07:46 AM
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:48 AM
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Your xenons will be on for high beam and low beam... there is a shutter that moves to direct light accordingly... the inside lights are there for DRL and "flash to pass", not high beams... they will also light to compensate for a burned out low beam bulb (or other issue with the lights)
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:28 AM
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i feel so dumb now..the stack is pushed forward and so the high beams. i reset the stalk and lights are back to normal. I though its just the turn knob that controls the beams in bmw unlike other cars. sorry for my ignorance.
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one more question..what does this do ?
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:55 AM
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:03 AM
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Front Fog Lights... green indicator in lower left of cluster when on
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:35 AM
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If you have your switch set to Auto and hit the fog button, it will kick on headlights and fogs together... also your headlights will come on when your wipers are on (rain sensor or manual)
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:08 PM
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Your xenons will be on for high beam and low beam... there is a shutter that moves to direct light accordingly... the inside lights are there for DRL and "flash to pass", not high beams... they will also light to compensate for a burned out low beam bulb (or other issue with the lights)
This is only for cars equipped with bi-xenons. Normal xenons only operate as low beams.

The inner lights ARE high beams. DRLs ARE high beams run at reduced power. Some BMWs have a set of xenon and halogen high beams.

If you flash someone with the inner lights, they are blinding. I doubt they turn on in the event of a low beam failure. That would be illegal and blinding to other drivers.

The halogen inner bulbs are a lower color temperature than the xenon bulbs. Halogens will allow you to see more of the road as the lower color temperature allows more usable output on the road.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:39 PM
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This is only for cars equipped with bi-xenons. Normal xenons only operate as low beams.

The inner lights ARE high beams. DRLs ARE high beams run at reduced power. Some BMWs have a set of xenon and halogen high beams.

If you flash someone with the inner lights, they are blinding. I doubt they turn on in the event of a low beam failure. That would be illegal and blinding to other drivers.

The halogen inner bulbs are a lower color temperature than the xenon bulbs. Halogens will allow you to see more of the road as the lower color temperature allows more usable output on the road.
I was speaking in terms of the OP's 2006 coupe... which I know for a fact is bi-xenon...

The inner lights DO come on at reduced power (DRL power I assume) during a low beam bulb failure... mine did this when I lost a xenon low beam bulb...
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I was speaking in terms of the OP's 2006 coupe... which I know for a fact is bi-xenon...

The inner lights DO come on at reduced power (DRL power I assume) during a low beam bulb failure... mine did this when I lost a xenon low beam bulb...
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:43 PM
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Sorry .. Lost in the technical terms.. Can I assume lights are alrite..?

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