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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:58 PM
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2003 325 xi e46 xenon headlight problem

I've replaced my xenon bulb twice within less than a week. Basically the tip is getting blown off. Wondering if it's my ballast or igniter or both? Any thoughts out there?

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Old 01-31-2013, 12:59 PM
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Did you touch the bulb? Oil residue leftover from your fingers can cause them to shatter.
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No. Was careful to not touch with bare skin. My mechanic thinks it is the ballast or igniter. Just don't want to spring$$ for the wrong one.
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No. Was careful to not touch with bare skin. My mechanic thinks it is the ballast or igniter. Just don't want to spring$$ for the wrong one.
You have to switch parts from side to side to see. I dread the day when mine fail.
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