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E63 / E64 6 Series (2003 - 2013)
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:05 AM
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Headlight flickers and is blue

My low beam on my drivers side turned a blue color and is a bit dim and when I drive it starts to flicker a bit. It's a dynamic xenon. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:19 AM
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I think the gas is burning out. Which I've never had happen as they are supposed to last very long, but I've seen this occasionally before on other cars driving. Or it might be a connection problem?

If you do end up having to replace the Xenon's, you should do both driver/passenger. As over time they burn different colors and won't match. More expensive, but that's only if you care about conformity. Had to replace one after an accident in my old BMW and it looked terrible, one super bright, the other faded and 2 different colors.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:33 PM
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Here's what it looked like! Today it's totally out no light at all. I can't even find any on the web to replace it !!
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:55 PM
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Here's what it looked like! Today it's totally out no light at all. I can't even find any on the web to replace it !!
Help!!!
I bought a pair of MTEC 6500k lights from e92 lighting. Look great.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:27 PM
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I bought a pair of MTEC 6500k lights from e92 lighting. Look great.
Those are to replace your xenon dynamic drive lights?
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:50 PM
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Those are to replace your xenon dynamic drive lights?
Actually I did both sets of lamps xenon and the low beam/flash to pass lamps.

I think the Bi-Xenons were about $130 for the pair? You should confirm that the igniters are ok.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:54 PM
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Actually I did both sets of lamps xenon and the low beam/flash to pass lamps.

I think the Bi-Xenons were about $130 for the pair? You should confirm that the igniters are ok.
Really wow that cheap!!! We must be talking about 2 different things I need the low beams I looked and they are around 1000. for 1 light.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:04 PM
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Really wow that cheap!!! We must be talking about 2 different things I need the low beams I looked and they are around 1000. for 1 light.
You must be looking at something wrong. Have a look at this diagram.

You should only need part # 11, # 10 or maybe 10 and 5. Even if you need the control module it's not that much.
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Ok I see I didn't think it was a bulb I thought it was gas filled and I was screwed. I'm happy now I hope the 2006 is the same?? Can you tell me what you ordered exactly I will do the same. Sorry to be a pest but I just want to get it done ASAP!! Thanks so much!!!

Mtek 6500k is that high or low?
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:26 PM
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Ok I see I didn't think it was a bulb I thought it was gas filled and I was screwed. I'm happy now I hope the 2006 is the same?? Can you tell me what you ordered exactly I will do the same. Sorry to be a pest but I just want to get it done ASAP!! Thanks so much!!!

Mtek 6500k is that high or low?
I bought them from this guy. He's local to me and had them in stock so I picked them up.

I think you need the DS1 if it's the Xenon.

There are very good Phillips bulbs too but be careful of counterfeit bulbs on eBay. Do a bit oif research before you buy.

6500 is the color of the bulb. 6500K is just slightly blue. 5000K is pretty neutral. Lower goes more yellow, higher is more blue.

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:42 PM
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I bought them from this guy. He's local to me and had them in stock so I picked them up.

I think you need the DS1 if it's the Xenon.

There are very good Phillips bulbs too but be careful of counterfeit bulbs on eBay. Do a bit oif research before you buy.

6500 is the color of the bulb. 6500K is just slightly blue. 5000K is pretty neutral. Lower goes more yellow, higher is more blue.

Good Luck.
Thank you so much !!!
I'll probably order from the website you sent me rather than getting it from ebay and risk getting counterfeits!!
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Thank you so much !!!
I'll probably order from the website you sent me rather than getting it from ebay and risk getting counterfeits!!
Make sure you give him your car/year and have him confirm the correct part number.
Do a search on replacing the lamps and the ignitors. They can be a bear to remove and reinstall. When I did mine the right was easy and the left was a bit challenging.
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Make sure you give him your car/year and have him confirm the correct part number.
Do a search on replacing the lamps and the ignitors. They can be a bear to remove and reinstall. When I did mine the right was easy and the left was a bit challenging.
First I'm gonna remove the good side and install the bulb into the bad side to verify the igniter is ok. If it is then I'll order 2 new bulbs and change them both. How do the blue tint ones look are they really blue or just slightly?
The driver side looks like its really tight almost looks as if you need to remove the front bumper to get the fixture out a little just so I can get a hand in there.
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First I'm gonna remove the good side and install the bulb into the bad side to verify the igniter is ok. If it is then I'll order 2 new bulbs and change them both. How do the blue tint ones look are they really blue or just slightly?
The driver side looks like its really tight almost looks as if you need to remove the front bumper to get the fixture out a little just so I can get a hand in there.
That is the way to test it. You go in from the Wheel Well via the hatch that opens there.

If you want to remove the entire light housing you do have to remove the bumper, but there is no need to do that.

There are some DIYs for the lamp replacements here and on the M5board.com in the M6 forum.

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That is the way to test it. You go in from the Wheel Well via the hatch that opens there.

If you want to remove the entire light housing you do have to remove the bumper, but there is no need to do that.

There are some DIYs for the lamp replacements here and on the M5board.com in the M6 forum.

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Thank you my friend you are saving me from getting a huge headache!
Beers are on me when I get to your neck of the woods!
or when I get to your area.
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or when I get to your area.
Sounds good to me! Either way round one, two, three, four, pass out are all on me !!
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Just to add- DO NOT TOUCH THE GLASS!!!!

Sorry to shout, but you can ruin a good xenon bulb (or significantly shorten lifespan) just by touching the glass.

Very easy to get to. Turn wheel for access, remove hatch (two 8mm bolts), turn igniter anti-clockwise (the wiring pops out when turning it) and remove, turn bulb holder anti-clockwise and remove together with bulb.

Obviously make sure ignition and lights are off!

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Thanks for the info I already took the bad one out and found out how it all works. Still waiting for the new ones to arrive and I always wear rubber gloves when changing bulbs.
I am glad you yelled !!! No worries!!!
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Hi Kids just wanted to say thank you for your help, Roseng I called your bulb guy and my luck he had one pair of 6700k which is what I wanted. I put them in and wow it's a huge difference so much brighter and crisp.

Thank you again, also thank you to Sick645ci for your help!!!

I am no longer afraid of the dark...LOL
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Well done!

Thanks for enlightening us (at 6700k!) on the outcome...
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Glad to hear it all worked out. Bet it was a bit less than the $1k each you thought you were looking at too.

They DIY thing works out well with a little help. Most of what I know came from other members or other forums.

Now you can pass it on too.
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