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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-06-2009, 11:27 AM
tiffanys1cpa tiffanys1cpa is offline
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Unhappy lowbeam xenon headlight

OK here is the situation...

For about a month my lowbeam (passenger) xenon headlight would go out and when i turned off the lights for a minute and turned them back on they would reset most of the time and I'd have both lights again. Sometimes the light would stay on and sometimes it would go right back out.

I hit a deer and had the light replaced by claiming the damage on my insurance claim. There is a new bulb in the car now. I know because there is a difference in the light output (brighter).

Since I know the bulb is good, whats next? I dont want to take my car back to the repair shop because their work is suspect. I am thinking it has to be a wiring issue but not sure. Any suggestions....
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:13 PM
Waveho Waveho is offline
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Could be as simple as a weak/loose connection; disconnect the wiring from the ballast and reconnect tighter, check all wiring. Failing that, I would still bring the car back to the shop who did the work to make it right even if they are suspect. Failing that, contact your insurance company. Good luck and report back!

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