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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:18 PM
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Flickering HID's

Had my driver side lowbeam go out a few weeks ago.
Had the car in the shop for new struts and I had them put a new pair of Xenon lowbeams. Had a pair of aftermarket HID lowbeams bulbs put in and was told the driver side ballast would need to be replaced as well. Took the car home and a few hours later on start-up the PASSENGER side flickered then turned off. Turned the car off and back on and it worked this time. Happened again later on startup, turned headlight knob off and back on and it worked. Does this mean my other ballast is on its way out too or could an improper installation of the lowbeam have caused this?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:52 PM
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:55 PM
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Buy from http://ddmtuning.com/ wont have those problems.
Good advice for next time. Just trying to figure out if its a coincidence that my right ballast starts going bad now or could it be a bad installation of the new bulb or the bulb itself?
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:23 AM
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Most likely your ballast. But make sure the power to ballast has clean non corroded connectors.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:39 AM
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Most likely your ballast. But make sure the power to ballast has clean non corroded connectors.
Thanks. Don't see any corroded connectors. Problem seems to have gone away, though I have a feeling it will be back soon enough.
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It will be back, typical symptom of a failing ballast.
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