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X5 F15 (2014 - Current)
The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 04-03-2014, 07:05 AM
dfung8839 dfung8839 is offline
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xenon headlight

Hi all,

I own my 1st BMW as an F15 with standard xenon headlight. Not sure if all the 4 bulbs at the front can trun on?
Coz I never saw the 2 next to the grill trun on and even I don't know how to turn it on.

Is there anyone can advise?

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Old 04-03-2014, 10:19 AM
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Hi all,

I own my 1st BMW as an F15 with standard xenon headlight. Not sure if all the 4 bulbs at the front can trun on?
Coz I never saw the 2 next to the grill trun on and even I don't know how to turn it on.

Is there anyone can advise?

thank!
The two inner bulbs are purely decorative, not functional. High beams activate the outer two lamps. At least I know that was true of the E70 model (I had two). The same is NOT true of my F15, but I have the LED headlights, not Xenon. I can say absolutely for sure based upon my own vehicle that all four headlights work with the LED lights.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:37 PM
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Do you find the LED lights better and brighter. I am going to order a new F15 and can not decide if the LED are worth the $1900.
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:59 PM
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Spend the money and get the LED. I am impressed every time it drive at night.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:30 PM
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Spend the money and get the LED. I am impressed every time it drive at night.
Agree - love the LEDs. My previous had the Xenon. Notable difference.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:55 PM
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Thank!
At least I know it is not a headlight malfunction.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:48 PM
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Not a F15 owner - yet! Currently I have a 2011 E70 diesel with automatic high beam assistant - LOVE IT!

I believe if you get the LED headlight option you will also get the Intelligent Headlight Technology - a neat thing to have if you drive on an Interstate at night outside city limits . . . you can leave the high beam on and it won't bother either the oncoming traffic or the car(s) in front of you. Check the video below.

Intelligent Headlight Video
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:11 PM
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Can anyone confirm if the Adaptive Full LED Lights with Automatic high beams work as shown in this video for X5s sold in the US. I like that the high beams are on as much as they can be all the time, wrapping light around oncoming or preceding cars.

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Old 04-04-2014, 07:20 AM
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Can anyone confirm if the Adaptive Full LED Lights with Automatic high beams work as shown in this video for X5s sold in the US. I like that the high beams are on as much as they can be all the time, wrapping light around oncoming or preceding cars.

Thanks.
They do not. In the US they decode that option I am trying to have mine coded to work and have had some success. They do seem to do some of what is seen in the video, however on occasion they seem to be slower in response or lock response. I have had someone coming towards me flash me and I also feel that on a few occasions I have seen the back of the car in front of me lit up a little too much. I do not drive a lot at night and it will take further testing for me to evaluate. Then I will decide to either go back to original factory (auto high low) or have the dazzle option tweaked a bit more.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:59 AM
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Interesting! I did not know that . . . does this feature violate one or more U.S. regulations related to the headlamps?

Curiosity question - whey they "code" this feature in - aren't they doing exactly what a European version has? i.e. copy the European settings. Or is this a case of guessing at the setting and keep trying until you get it right?
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:06 AM
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Not really certain but I think it makes it as European. I don't code so I don't know how he is making changes. Probably be approved for US at a later date. I think it's amazing technology.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:44 PM
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Not really certain but I think it makes it as European. I don't code so I don't know how he is making changes. Probably be approved for US at a later date. I think it's amazing technology.
Thanks. Yes I too was quite fascinated with this technology . . . I am not a big fan of coding the car to do things that are not factory-original. Intelligent headlights is one case where I might make an exception! For now not looking at F15s . . . read somewhere the instrument cluster will change dramatically for the next model year. Not sure how accurate that claim is.

Regarding U.S. regulations - yes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has specific rules on what the headlamps can and cannot do. More specifically - "those inventions contradict a 1968 U.S. regulation, which requires that headlights switch from high-beam to low-beam, with no intermediate settings. These new systems eliminate the need for a switch, since they flow from one setting to the other as needed.

Mercedes offers a simplified version of its headlight in the U.S., which dodges the regulation by offering automated switching
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Hopefully NHTSA can sort all this out soon.

Here is the article I read.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:29 AM
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RPsX5d - Thanks for the information into the NHTSA regulation, they need to figure it out soon and move with the changing times. Contradicting a 1968 regulation!
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:14 PM
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Do you find the LED lights better and brighter. I am going to order a new F15 and can not decide if the LED are worth the $1900.
Spend the money I love these LED's,its a little hard to swallow but worth it.
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