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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 06-17-2010, 10:40 AM
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Pink Xenon Headlamp?

I just noticed today that my driver's side xenon headlamp has gone from its normal whitish color to a pinkish color. I assume this means it is close to going out, correct? Has anyone had this happen?

Assuming that it was about to die on me, I called my local dealership and inquired on replacement cost. The headlight itself was $217 plus they said it would involve 2 hours of labor (another $240)!! So....$457 plus tax for a burnt out headlamp? To make matters worse, the dealership suggested I just replace both now because the other one is most likely close to dying as well. So I guess the total would be more like $700ish if I went that route.

Has this happened to anyone on here, and if so, did you have your dealership do it....or....an independent shop? If so, how much $$$? Would an aftermarket lamp (for less $$$) look different and be inferior to the existing passenger side bulb that hasn't gone out yet? Any other solutions?

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Old 06-17-2010, 11:06 AM
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It's typical for these bulbs to go out after some use. A pink hue usually means the bulb is on its way out, you can test by swapping the bulbs from side to side.

No reason to pay the dealer price, we have replacement D2S Xenon Bulbs for your car that are sold as a pair. I recommend replacing both at the same time so the color and output matches.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:16 AM
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So....even if I were to buy them aftermarket, why was my dealership going to charge 2 hours labor? I get the feeling these aren't as simple as popping out the bulb in a 78' Chevy and throwing in the new one. If I'm not mechanically inclined, is this something I could do on my own? Aren't there ignitors and things involved with these xenon bulbs? Doesn't the front part of the car need to be taken apart?
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:29 AM
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Your dealer makes money off of service, that is how they pay the bills You can install this yourself, it is a plug and play installation. The ignitors and ballasts are on the headlights themselves but do not need to be changed, you just untwist the red plug on the back of the bulb and replace it.

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did he change the halo eye in this vid to a blue ring?
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Why would the dealer charge 2 hours labor to replace a lightbulb? Maybe they are Aggies.

Seriously, they are probably charging for changing out the whole headlight assembly rather than just changing out a lightbulb.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:38 PM
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did he change the halo eye in this vid to a blue ring?
That was the original intention of the video, how to install a new angel eye bulb.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:27 AM
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I just noticed last night my passenger side xenon headlamp has gone from its normal whitish color to a pinkish color. I assume this means it is close to going out, correct? Has anyone had this happen and if so where can I get a pair of the
D2S Xenon Bulbs cheaper than what the dealer wants to charge me.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:19 PM
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Just do it yourself. Really easy.

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Buy these D2S bulbs

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