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      09-05-2012, 09:03 AM   #1
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Unhappy Buying Bi-Xenon Headlights

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It's September now and there are no signs of BMW's releasing the Retrofit for Bi-Xenon Headlights. When I asked my dealer, he told me "off the record" that I could buy via eBay and install in any BMW non official service center and I will keep my warranty. He said that I lose my warranty ONLY if there is a problem and BMW determines that it is because of the headlights.

I'm and I don't know what to do... Do you know if there is any extra things besides the Bi-Xenon Headlights in order to install? Codes?
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      09-05-2012, 09:14 AM   #2
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The requirements for Xenon headlights is that you need sensors in the suspension for height adjustment, and headlight washing nozzles. At least in Europe those are the rules.
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      09-05-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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Fortunatelly, here in Peru there is no rules about the washing nozzles. About the sensors.. I think I'll have to wait until the official retrofit kit is on sale though ... Bi-xenons costs around USD400 each ... but the retrofit kit may will be around USD3,000 :S
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      09-05-2012, 09:50 AM   #4
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Fortunatelly, here in Peru there is no rules about the washing nozzles. About the sensors.. I think I'll have to wait until the official retrofit kit is on sale though ... Bi-xenons costs around USD400 each ... but the retrofit kit may will be around USD3,000 :S
Why go through so much trouble (and money) for some xenons? Ok, almost everybody agrees they look better and offer more comfortable light at night, but personally I don't think they're worth the $3000.
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      09-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #5
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Me neither...I could spend USD 1,000... but 3,000 it's crazy... no way... Let's see what happens..
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Me neither...I could spend USD 1,000... but 3,000 it's crazy... no way... Let's see what happens..
I wouldn't even spend USD1000, will rather just buy a M135i in a few years time and spec them then.
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      09-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #7
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I wouldn't even spend USD1000, will rather just buy a M135i in a few years time and spec them then.
Well, I'm dreaming with the i8 in a couple of years when it will be released. I don't know if I can afford it
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If I remember well BMW never released bixenon retrofit kit for previous 1 series. Why should they do it now? Is there any rumor about tt?
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Fortunatelly, here in Peru there is no rules about the washing nozzles. About the sensors.. I think I'll have to wait until the official retrofit kit is on sale though ... Bi-xenons costs around USD400 each ... but the retrofit kit may will be around USD3,000 :S
Why go through so much trouble (and money) for some xenons? Ok, almost everybody agrees they look better and offer more comfortable light at night, but personally I don't think they're worth the $3000.
I agree. Also I don't understand why BMW even has the option to chose between standard and bixenon lights when Audi or other brands offer bixenon or even Led lights as standard!!
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      09-05-2012, 01:47 PM   #10
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If I remember well BMW never released bixenon retrofit kit for previous 1 series. Why should they do it now? Is there any rumor about tt?
According to my dealer, they were told from BMW that at the end of July...maybe 2013?
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      09-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #11
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3,000 dollars seems rather high. In he UK as part of the visibility pack, it's equivalent to 1600-1700 dollars. Still very expensive though.
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      09-06-2012, 07:40 AM   #12
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3,000 dollars seems rather high. In he UK as part of the visibility pack, it's equivalent to 1600-1700 dollars. Still very expensive though.
Retrofitting is always more expensive than buying it up front. Xenons require a new bumper, extra sensors, washers, etc.
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Retrofitting is always more expensive than buying it up front. Xenons require a new bumper, extra sensors, washers, etc.
new bumper? really??
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new bumper? really??
At least if you install the washers. Then you require a different bumper that has special openings to mount the washers in.
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      09-08-2012, 06:39 AM   #15
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Oh thanks...washers are not mandatory here...so no problem
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