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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-19-2016, 10:24 AM
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At my wits end with my headlight

OK guys I drive a 550I (2006). A Couple weeks ago my adaptive headlight warning came on and I took it to the stealership for a 150.00 diagnostic. They told me the passenger headlight was kaput and I needed a new one to the tune of 2900.00 (Whee!!!!).
I vosited EBay and found an assembly from Hella that was listed as compatible with my model. and I ordered it. When it got here, not only did it not have the control module, but no ballast either. The final insult was no low beam bulb. Although the control module will bolt right up from the old assembly, the ballast will NOT and I had to order another ballast. More of a concern is that the new assembly low light socket is ENTIRELY different than the old light and the wire hookup is as well. It will not accept the DS2 bulb at all!!
What can I do?? Is this the correct part or not??? Even the new DS1 bulb will not fit this goofy socket!! If it did, there would be a color difference between the lights!!
The fist three pics are the old light with the DS2 bulb. The last two pics are the new assembly and hookup.
Help! Help!
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Old 05-20-2016, 06:36 AM
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For about $1100, you could buy the OEM headlight (without the ballast & bulb). Not sure how much you paid for the wrong one on Ebay, but it wouldn't be worth the hassle to me. I'd send it back & order the OEM part from the cheapest online source, which using BMW PNPC looks like The BMW Parts Store
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What is the part number of the "new" headlight assembly? There is a difference between the pre-LCI and LCI headlights. IIRC, the LCI headlights use an electronic gate at the Xenon bulb to allow the high beams to work. The pre-LCI headlights use a halogen bulb for the high beams.

Check the part number with the Hella catalog and see if you were shipped the correct assembly.

And again I'll write it, don't buy car parts off of eBay unless you know the seller and they have a stellar rating and an easy return policy.

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