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Old 11-14-2012, 08:22 PM
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Lighting Package - Stock

Anyone have a picture of the stock lights vs the xenons lit up? I have seen plenty of pictures with the xenons on, but I can't find a picture of stock lights that have been turned on so I can't make a comparison between the two. Leaning on getting the xenons, but I'd like to see what I'm really upgrading from.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:40 PM
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Get the xenons. The standard lights are terrible.

You won't regret it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:46 PM
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the halogen on the F30 looks worse than the E90 to me... maybe its because you almost expect the F30 to be so more advanced and evolved. halogens just ruin the car and makes it look like ur typical run of the mill sedan
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:49 PM
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Absolutely get the xenons. You not only get the adaptive light package, but the daylight LED driving lights are distinctive BMW. Oh, and the way it lights up the street at night is incomparable.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:04 PM
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Thanks or the replies. What you all said is pretty much what I imagined it to be so I'll get the xenons. My old car, a 06 330xi (I was one of those 06 330 fans), had the xenons and I loved them. I'd probably still would love to have that car back, but it was totaled in Hurricane Sandy. Luckily I've heard of BMW doubling the loyalty incentive and another dealership is offering to pay up to a $1k on your insurance deductible too.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:13 AM
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Xenon is light and day(literally) when compared to halogen, it is highly recommended. Even though adaptive head light is somewhat different in US(S84), it is still worth it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:47 AM
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Once you get HIDs (xenon projectors) you will NEVER ever ever go back. I personally think its ridiculous that ANY BMW wouldn't have them as standard. Even the base 128/X1 should have them

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:59 AM
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Here you go. Terrible looking. Get the Xenon's. Besides looking awful, most 328s are going to be sold without Xenons. This was the case with the E90, and since they look so much better on the F30, it really does class up the car even more.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:26 AM
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:11 AM
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:54 AM
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:57 PM
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Going to take a stab at a ridiculous argument for standard lighting similar to the RWD vs AWD in snow argument.

If you enjoy driving, standard lighting package is better because it makes it more challenging to drive at night.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:06 PM
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I am really regretting not getting the xenons on the 328i M sport I ordered. I just had to draw the line somewhere for my budget. I stretched to get the red leather. By the time I decided to get the lighting package added, my car was already in production. I hope it's a case of what I don't already know, I won't miss.
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I am really regretting not getting the xenons on the 328i M sport I ordered. I just had to draw the line somewhere for my budget. I stretched to get the red leather. By the time I decided to get the lighting package added, my car was already in production. I hope it's a case of what I don't already know, I won't miss.
Although you won't have quite the same range as a projector, you can always add a quality HID kit in your halogen housing. Then just adjust the height so you're not blinding anyone (as much as possible). That would still be 20 times better than standard halogens...

I have a 06 Tahoe Z71 I threw a high quality HID kit in the stock housing. It's much better than nothing, if you really don't drive much at night it won't be much if a difference for you. I drive ~40-45% at nighttime/early morning hours so it's necessary all my cars have them.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:21 PM
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Now get Xenons..
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:23 PM
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Btw, how do people post photos on their comments without uploading it as an attachment like I just had to do?
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:29 PM
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Btw, how do people post photos on their comments without uploading it as an attachment like I just had to do?
host it online. then use the insert image icon to paste the url
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:29 PM
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Going to take a stab at a ridiculous argument for standard lighting similar to the RWD vs AWD in snow argument.

If you enjoy driving, standard lighting package is better because it makes it more challenging to drive at night.
I just saw some of your car pics. Is your interior white? That looks amazing..
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:30 PM
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:45 PM
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I just saw some of your car pics. Is your interior white? That looks amazing..
It's the grey everest leather. I does look sharp.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:01 PM
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Thanks a lot for the tip. I'll look into it.



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Although you won't have quite the same range as a projector, you can always add a quality HID kit in your halogen housing. Then just adjust the height so you're not blinding anyone (as much as possible). That would still be 20 times better than standard halogens...

I have a 06 Tahoe Z71 I threw a high quality HID kit in the stock housing. It's much better than nothing, if you really don't drive much at night it won't be much if a difference for you. I drive ~40-45% at nighttime/early morning hours so it's necessary all my cars have them.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:34 PM
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Xenon are 3x brighter than halogen. It's like using a mag lite compared to a candle flame when you're looking for something
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:46 PM
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Although you won't have quite the same range as a projector, you can always add a quality HID kit in your halogen housing. Then just adjust the height so you're not blinding anyone (as much as possible). That would still be 20 times better than standard halogens...

I have a 06 Tahoe Z71 I threw a high quality HID kit in the stock housing. It's much better than nothing, if you really don't drive much at night it won't be much if a difference for you. I drive ~40-45% at nighttime/early morning hours so it's necessary all my cars have them.
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this is terrible. retrofit an actual projector housing or dont do it at all and spare the rest of us.

if people would stop giving this advice, you'd have less people being blinded .

now on a sedan maybe its not quite as bad and just looks terrible. on a tahoe, its just plain horrible, there no way you are going to be able to adjust the height on a tahoe to not blind people in normal cars. you are one of THOSE horrible awful people chrisf02
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:35 AM
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this is terrible. retrofit an actual projector housing or dont do it at all and spare the rest of us.

if people would stop giving this advice, you'd have less people being blinded .

now on a sedan maybe its not quite as bad and just looks terrible. on a tahoe, its just plain horrible, there no way you are going to be able to adjust the height on a tahoe to not blind people in normal cars. you are one of THOSE horrible awful people chrisf02
Haha

Actually I went to the trouble of making sure I wasn't blinding to oncoming cars - at the cost of defeating some of the range advantages of putting HIDs in the stock Halogen housing. Not that hard to get a friend to drive in front of you, then opposite to test them out... for a vehicle thats used to go off-road and camping/hunting.

I honestly couldn't give two ****s what you think to tell you the truth. I'm more interested in helping the guy out. His car, his money, his choice.

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