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E63 / E64 6 Series (2003 - 2013)
The E63/E64 BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 05-06-2011, 07:26 PM
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Question About HID Foglights in 2005 645

I'm thinking about replacing my factory fog lights with HID bulbs in my 2005 645 convertible. Has anyone experienced any technical difficulties with upgrading the fog lights? Any issues I might run into? Thanks!!
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:01 AM
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I am not going to claim to be an expert on the topic but I recall that HID lights run on a pretty special current with ballasts, high voltage, and some "larger than a lightbulb" back end components which a.) would be difficult to put in the lower front fender - and align as HID lights are sighted in pretty tight and b.) would probably take some pretty extensive finagling to get them to work electrically. Not that it cannot be done but this is not a small job nor something that I know of a retrofit kit for.
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Not sure about your question. If you are talking about replacing just the bulbs, then you should not have any issues. You have to be careful however that the bulbs your are going to use are not just stating HID effects versus a true HID bulb. If you are using a true HID bulb then it's not just a matter of plug and play you will have to install additional components as well such as ballast, etc. You will have to look for a HID kit that will also work for BMW because you do not want an error reading. There are systems out there, you just have to investigate to get the right one.
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we are fully stocked on regular halogen bulbs and also MTEC hid kits
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Get some LED fog lights. You may have trouble matching the color to the other lights but mine worked great. It was a pain to get them in the first time, though. Also, mine had error codes, but it never bothered me.
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Wow thanks for all the feedback and perspectives! I called a local spot that said they could swap my fog bulbs for HIDs. I'm worries about error codes coming up which would be an eye-sore for me. Would a ballast deflect any error codes that could come up?
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As far as I know (Yorgi, help us out) the codes are from 2 different things:

Power consumption. If a light is consuming a different amount of power than the car expects it to, the computer posts an error (usually due to burnout, etc.)

CANBUS response. Certain lights have a special chip that responds to a request made by the computer. If the circuit doesn't respond properly, the computer posts an error.

In my case with the LEDs there was no CANBUS response, so the car figured there was something wrong.
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You should be able to counter the load difference with ballast resistor(s). I had my daytime running lights causing an error with LEDs installed so I installed two 50 watt 10 ohm ballast resistors in the DRL circuit and ran my DTLs independantly. That way I can change the bulbs, turn them on or off or do whatever I want without having to deal with the errors or having to go to the stealership to have them programmed on or off.
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I need those angel eye fog lamps!!! DIY anywhere?
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