BimmerFest BMW Forum banner
1 - 20 of 26 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
29 Posts
My 528i has the factory xenon lights. This is one of my favorote options.

3.0 liter, 6-cylinder engine
Rear-wheel drive
See all standard features
Base MSRP$45,050
Alpine White$0
Oyster and Black Dakota Leather$0
Dark wood trim$0
Cold Weather Package$1,050
Premium Package$1,800
Navigation system$1,900
iPod and USB adapter$400
Satellite radio with 1 year subscription$350
Adaptive light control$0
Xenon headlights$900
Carpeted Floor Mats$152
Destination & Handling:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,500 Posts
Would it cheapen the car to add xenon lights to the 2011 528? Is there any brand that anyone recommends or any sort of enhancement to the lights?
Don't know about a retrofit for Xenons. This board is populated with new car buyers not DIY.

Maybe some threads on other boards of previous models where xenons were added.

Xenons are the bomb, don't blame you for wanting to add them, just not sure if it's easy to add or necessary to get them up front.
 

·
The Driver
Joined
·
4,641 Posts
Would it cheapen the car to add xenon lights to the 2011 528? Is there any brand that anyone recommends or any sort of enhancement to the lights?
I think the car has halogen projectors. If so, it should be easy to retrofit. The best one to buy would be a Philips one. I think Philips are OEM for most top tier luxury brands.

Instead of DIY, find a local custom electronics shop that offers lifetime warranty on parts and labor.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
sorry my question more was if I didn't get the option of xenon (because my agent suggested that the new 5 series lights are just as good as xenons), could it look as good if i got it done through some other place?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
785 Posts
your being very vague with your questions. if you havent already purchased the car then get that option. your sales guy has no idea what they're talking about; the xenons are much better. and to be honest with you when i buy a $50K + car i expect certain options; and xenons are one of them. if you've already purchased the car then you can get a quote from the dealership to see how much it would cost or talk to an aftermarket light specialist. just be careful of who you let mess with your lights
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37 Posts
I just replaced my 2008 335xi with a 2011 528i in dealer inventory. Based on the look of the headlights during daylight hours and the fact that I assumed all 5 series models would only have xexon lights, it was a surprise when realizing the car has halogen headlights. The saleman told me to turn on the foglights the next day when I discovered the situation during my early morning drive to work. Sorry, but that's no replacement for xenon light and the safety they provide.

The service advisor indicated that BMW has not provided a conversion kit. I'm now waiting on a reply from BMW customer service.

Also, has anyone noticed the unsealed plastic flap in the wheel well to access the lights? Seems undesirable but provides easy access to the low beam lights. Hopefully, road sand and salt will not damage the wiring and light assemblies.

Please advise if anyone has information on replacing the lights. I now thinking BMW has lost its way...a 5 series without xenon lights standard?
 

·
Everything's Bigger in TX
Joined
·
7,121 Posts
. I now thinking BMW has lost its way...a 5 series without xenon lights standard?
Imagine if leather wasn't standard either... ;)

Don't mean to make fun of you, sorry about your mixup. It seems to me that these expensive cars have less included features than cars half it's price...
 

·
Freude am Fahren
Joined
·
6,378 Posts
It's totally possible to retrofit proper, projector xenons into a halogen housing, but you need to find a good rebuilder fr it to look good. You may be able to plug in OEM xenon lights from the same model and year, and have the light control module coded to support it. The E39 can do it, though dealers aren't eager to do it. I'm not sure if active headlights (the ones that move side to side) come in Halogen; if not it's probably not a reasonable retrofit.

Order them on a new car. Don't nickel and dime yourself. Xenons are awesome.


Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse typos and lack of links.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37 Posts
Route 66: I have ordered only one of 18 new cars purchased in my lifetime. After taking delivery of the ordered car, I still had regrets over one or two options. Also, I like to thoroughly inspect my cars for defects prior to taking delivery and hate to wait. If it only takes a few hours to change the lights, I will gladly wait in the dealers lounge or admire all the new cars in the showroom and on the lot.

The halogen lights look and perform well, have angel eyes, and if the cost to replace them is too high, I will live with them until purchasing my next car in a few years.

To be true to the thread, I was attempting to share my similar experience and seeking information on replacement of the halogen lights.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
I contacted BMW Customer Relations to obtain information on replacing the halogen lights. Waiting on an answer. I will provide their response.
Hey I just read your post about the Xenon lights. I own a 2011 528i it came with Halogen lights. Were you able to change the lights in your car to Xenon? I was wondering if I could go to the dealer to buy Xenon for my 528i or is it not possible to change them? Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
298 Posts
Totally blows my mind these cars don't come with xenons standard...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37 Posts
BMW does not provide a conversion kit, and my research has determined that no aftermarket kits are recommended. At least the xenon lights are standard on the 2012 528. It was interesting that BMW made the lights look similar to xenon's and did not list halogen lights on the sticker. Very deceptive in my opinion. My dealer has a leftover 2011 528 with halogen lights that lists for almost $60,000. It's been at the dealership for a year. Lessons learned for me, and shame on BMW.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
360 Posts
I am surprised Xenon is not standard. I thought it was. because, I certainly did not specifically choose that option for my 535 ix, but it came with it. Unless may be it is part of the premium1 or premium2.
 

·
Official Bangle Hater
Joined
·
514 Posts
BMW does not provide a conversion kit, and my research has determined that no aftermarket kits are recommended. At least the xenon lights are standard on the 2012 528. It was interesting that BMW made the lights look similar to xenon's and did not list halogen lights on the sticker. Very deceptive in my opinion. My dealer has a leftover 2011 528 with halogen lights that lists for almost $60,000. It's been at the dealership for a year. Lessons learned for me, and shame on BMW.
It's really easy...when you buy an expensive item like a car, you research the hell out of it and figure out its true cost with everything you want...the Xenon option was readily marked as an option on both BMWs website and the brochure for the 528 back in 2011...

I totally agree that the car should come standard with a majority of the options we have to pay for.... the Germans have always done this, its how they make a nice fat profit on the car.

Of course BMW isn't going to recommend a aftermarket Xenon kit. It can be done, but you would need to find a skilled person to do it...
 
1 - 20 of 26 Posts
Top