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If anyone was curious in regards to my comments on the LEDs...

After parking it next to my Chrysler, and turning both headlights on in the garage (I back up both cars, so both sit grille to the garage door) my BMW is WAYY too low. I'm going to the dealer on monday to see if they can adjust them upwards.
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If anyone was curious in regards to my comments on the LEDs...

After parking it next to my Chrysler, and turning both headlights on in the garage (I back up both cars, so both sit grille to the garage door) my BMW is WAYY too low. I'm going to the dealer on monday to see if they can adjust them upwards.
Mine were too low as well. I had the dealer adjust it. They don't even need a computer to do it. Done manually via screw driver holes on top of headlights.
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If anyone was curious in regards to my comments on the LEDs...

After parking it next to my Chrysler, and turning both headlights on in the garage (I back up both cars, so both sit grille to the garage door) my BMW is WAYY too low. I'm going to the dealer on monday to see if they can adjust them upwards.
Is it possible the auto leveling has them at a lower setting (maybe a steeper driveway?) so when you turn the car off they haven't leveled back to a "normal" setting?
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I PM'd you but I figure I'll just share it to give people an idea. 58% residual, 1.3MF, 3k down, 987/mo after taxes. Its pretty reasonable considering a loaded 550 MSport will run you about what 7-800/mo?
This must have been for 10k miles / year for 3 years, right?
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If anyone was curious in regards to my comments on the LEDs...

After parking it next to my Chrysler, and turning both headlights on in the garage (I back up both cars, so both sit grille to the garage door) my BMW is WAYY too low. I'm going to the dealer on monday to see if they can adjust them upwards.
The vertical adjustment screw for the drivers headlight is under a small plastic cap in the fender to the right of the light (when standing in front), the adjustment for the passengers is again to the right of the light inside the access panel for the lamp housing. The other adjustment screw (to the left) moves the lights left/right. Note that if you are at the extremes in adjustment of up/down, turning the screw further makes the light move left/right.
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The vertical adjustment screw for the drivers headlight is under a small plastic cap in the fender to the right of the light (when standing in front), the adjustment for the passengers is again to the right of the light inside the access panel for the lamp housing. The other adjustment screw (to the left) moves the lights left/right. Note that if you are at the extremes in adjustment of up/down, turning the screw further makes the light move left/right.
Are these the two screws you're referring to? I dont see one on the right of the light...



There isnt anything under that plastic screw thingy on the right, I opened it to see if that was it.

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This must have been for 10k miles / year for 3 years, right?
The lowest I've been able to get is $1050 with cold weather, executive, and m sport for 15k/3 years (with use base tax about $2700 paid upfront)
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The lowest I've been able to get is $1050 with cold weather, executive, and m sport for 15k/3 years (with use base tax about $2700 paid upfront)
Mine is 10k/yr 36mo term, I put 3k down. That was with lighting as well. But you have quite a bit more mileage. Sounds like a good deal.

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Are these the two screws you're referring to? I dont see one on the right of the light...



There isnt anything under that plastic screw thingy on the right, I opened it to see if that was it.

OK... so the vertical adjustment screw is below the flat cap (that you have to remove) in the fender... next to the one with the "cross". The other screw adjustment is inside the protective case for the headlight accessible through the lids that also allow access to the bulbs.
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Are these the two screws you're referring to? I dont see one on the right of the light...



There isnt anything under that plastic screw thingy on the right, I opened it to see if that was it.

Def wouldn't recommend doing it yourself based on your capability level displayed in that post. These should have been aimed at the factory with a light box. Almost makes me think your bumper was repainted at the vdc and headlights removed. Sucks but it happens. Hopefully your dealer has a lightbox and can properly aim the lights like the factory.
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Def wouldn't recommend doing it yourself based on your capability level displayed in that post. These should have been aimed at the factory with a light box. Almost makes me think your bumper was repainted at the vdc and headlights removed. Sucks but it happens. Hopefully your dealer has a lightbox and can properly aim the lights like the factory.
I actually have adjusted old fashioned halogens in the past, same type of system. This is the first car in which I would adjust them that has vertical and horizontal auto leveling built into the car. I wanted to make sure I'm not screwing anything up.

The more I drive the car at night I think it needed time to either adjust, break in, or something I unknowingly did quasi-fixed/improved them? I didn't touch the screws yet and I've noticed a difference. First time driving them they seemed very low, equivalent to putting a HID kit in a Halogen Light housing. Now they feel the same as my HIDs, still perhaps a tad low. But no where near what they were... very odd.

As far as possible damage to the bumper, unless they completely replaced it there are no swirl marks or signs of buffing. If they did that good of a job, heck fine by me



Its a bit hard to tell from the picture, but the bimmer is closer to the door, nearly too close. And the center of the LEDs definitely has more coverage than what appears.

I was going to edit out his license plate, but he cut me off, then flipped me the bird...



Not the best picture, but it seems the lights have improved from when I saw them first. Still not a huge difference from the HIDs. Not sure if I would get them, unless they were noticeably improved.

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... Still not a huge difference from the HIDs. Not sure if I would get them, unless they were noticeably improved.

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I think the visual aesthetics of the lights are more appealing than the actual difference in LED performance. I haven't noticed a considerable difference in the LED's vs HID'S... That being said.... The German's (personally being of that ancestry) rarely do anything without applying logic and improvement. The biggest concern I've heard about LED lights is that they get hot... very hot! Not the LED's themselves but the resistors required for them to work. That's also why they have individual fan units on each headlight! Audi had a problem a few years back with their LED headlights melting and actually catching cars on fire!

Here's some info from the new 7 series technical manual that describes the function of these LED headlights in great detail, including which part of the light does what... may surprise you!

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Full technical manual:

http://prodcds.bmwuniversity.com/cou...troduction.pdf
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Sweet tech manual!


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Those tech specs make it look like the price tag for the 7 is on par with just the amount of engineering that went into the headlight mechanics, testing, all of it. Not being an engineer it is hard for me to fathom the amount of man hours and testing that went into knowing how to angle the housing and where to place each electronic piece to get the lighting in just the right spot... Very cool to see, thanks for sharing! V/r, Tim
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