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Old 05-09-2011, 09:32 AM
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Adaptive Headlight Failure

I just got this 325i and its a 2006. I have been driving it for a week and out of nowhere a warning comes up on the adaptive headlights. They aren't turning anymore, well at least I think the drivers side isn't. The car has never been in a crash or anything. Does anyone have an idea what could have caused this or how I can fix it with out spending a ton of money? I have searched the site quiet a bit, but up to this point i have not been able to find one that addresses this specifically. So, also if anyone knows of a thread that addresses this pretty well please let me know! Thank in advance!

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Old 05-09-2011, 03:16 PM
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Hi I keep having this problem on my 335xi I took it to the dealer three times. They told me that when the car goes over some rough pot holes it knocks the light off the track and needs to be reput on the track to move. Not sure how you can go about it your self and mine is under warranty so cant even give you a price but it seems like its a simple fix when you know what your doing in the shop.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:49 PM
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Hopefully it's stuck in the forward-facing position.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:57 PM
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I just got this 325i and its a 2006. I have been driving it for a week and out of nowhere a warning comes up on the adaptive headlights. They aren't turning anymore, well at least I think the drivers side isn't. The car has never been in a crash or anything. Does anyone have an idea what could have caused this or how I can fix it with out spending a ton of money? I have searched the site quiet a bit, but up to this point i have not been able to find one that addresses this specifically. So, also if anyone knows of a thread that addresses this pretty well please let me know! Thank in advance!
I hit a GIANT pothole and the adaptive warning came on immediately. My car was at the dealers for almost 2 weeks until they finally got it all figured out. Attached is a dialog of what they did. My sincere hope is your problem is not as involved.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:42 PM
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I hit a GIANT pothole and the adaptive warning came on immediately. My car was at the dealers for almost 2 weeks until they finally got it all figured out. Attached is a dialog of what they did. My sincere hope is your problem is not as involved.
Yikes, that dialog is scary......
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:22 AM
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luckily the headlights are stuck in the forward facing position. when i bought the car the headlights were set really low so I went and adjusted them to be higher the other day and after i got back in to drive the warning light did not come on, but since it was daytime i could not see if the adaptive headlights were actually working. Then yesterday i hit another pothole and the light came back on. I am taking it to be "diagnosed" monday... we will see what the good dealer has to say.
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(Deleted - didn't realize you got the actual warning message).
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:28 PM
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So I just got back from the shop and they said that it is a fault in one of the motors on the drivers side headlamp. Apparently you cannot just replace the motor and you instead have to replace the entire headlamp assembly. So that runs about 1k or more so i told them no, and i would just drive with "normal" headlights until i can afford that. Should have bought the extended warranty, and thats now on things to do this week...
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I had both of my Adaptive Headlight controls go out within two months of each other. The car is out of warranty but only has 60K on it. The dealer wants $4K to replace the modules, since individual parts are not available. No accidents, no potholes, and no incidents that I can recall. A real bummer! BMW NA wants no part of it and the lights are so bad that I can't drive the car at night. I'm told that this problem is endemic to the 3 series but is not supposed to be as bad with the X5s. BMW apparently saves money by integrating the headlights and controls into a single module but the consumer gets stuck with the tab. It is a safety issue and I can't get BMW to own up to it. I'm trying to collect names to see if I can put together a class action suit - let me know if you want to join me.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:44 PM
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You can remove the headlights. Search for a DIY the front bumper is held on by 4 bolts to the inner fender and 10 below on the plastic sheilds. and 2 torx screws. Eac headlight has 5 torx screws holding it in. Pretty simple to get at then just one wiring plug. You can remove the covers and see inside the light. Yours have some off a mounting that allows the motor to move them left to right.
You can do all this in about 3hrs.
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same thing happened to a good buddy of mine with a 2006 300i.
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