Disappointed by Lack of F30 Aftermarket or "OEM" Retrofit Options
I recently reached out to BimmerTech who are supposed to be The OEM retrofit go-to for BMW, inquiring about swapping the halogens for the xenons on my 320i. I have heard from a lot of F30 3 series drivers who don't want the halogens on either their 320 or 328 and ended up with them most likely because they got their car off a dealer lot vs. special order. LA is the land of the 3 series and it seems like every 4 cars or so is a 3 series with a lot of F30's cruising around and I would say the vast majority that I see are no-line 320 or 328's with halogens. I got mine at Irvine BMW and that's how it came.
So, one would think that there would be a demand for this sort of retrofit. I am sure it's not 'cost effective' since you have to get the parts, housing, probably different wiring and then there is the coding but I've inquired about it with a few sources and no one wants to touch it. Since when do people not want to take your money? There have been a few brave souls who have done this F30 halogen to xenon swap retrofit themselves and I have combed through the pages of jargon and electrical schematics and that DIY is NOT for the faint of heart. But still, if you are dealing with a reputable shop, installer etc and you are willing to pay, what's the problem? Can't be that hard for guys who work on these cars all the time.
I just don't get it. With the Mk6 GTI, these kind of swap and retrofits were easy and inexpensive. People buy those cars to mod them. Halogen to Xenon swap with the GTI is common, cheap and a no brainer. It seems like BMW has it set up in a way that if you don't special order their cars exactly to spec, then you are out of luck.
I recently reached out to Bimmer Tech and this is what I was told:
"We are not offering the retrofits you are interested in.
They are definitely possible but we do not have a ready solutions for you so we do not want to get involved in such a project. There is no demand for the retrofits you requested so we have never done any R&D. I am sorry."
No demand?? So does this mean that everyone who has halogens couldn't care less about not having xenons on a car that costs $35-40k? This baffles me.
Anyway. I know the F30 is a relatively new platform but still.. I like the car a lot and if they come out with some decent OEM retrofit options by the time my lease is up I'd consider buying it out.
'14 Black 320i | Sport Package | BMS Stage 1 | Sport AT | Moonroof | Enhanced BT | Halogen Package
Originally Posted by Tunk99
You drive a 320 so pretty sure you have nothing of value to contribute.
Last edited by Kafkaesque320; 04-07-2014 at 04:33 PM.