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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 01-19-2006, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Headlight/Foglight Stroke

A few days ago I noticed that my right headlight had gone out. "No big deal," I thought, "headlights burn out." Then I noticed that the fog light, on the same side as the headlight that had gone out, was also out. When I turn on the high-beams though, all four headlights come on (but still not the fog light).

Is there some connection between these two lights, for instance, will the fog light going out affect the headlight (low-beam) on that same side?

What should I check first? Fuse, relay, headlight bulb (even though it lights when in high-beam mode), fog light bulb, switch???

Thanks for your advice ahead of time,

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The headlights you have are dual element, which means there are 2 light elements in the low beam headlight, one for low and one for high. It sounds like the low has burnt out and just by chance the fog light on the same side doesn't work. I would just get a new H3 bulb for the fog light and a new 5 3/4" sealed beam for the headlight and see if that fixes the problem. Most any parts store will have these.
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AJ's correct. Keep in mind that most Bmw fog lights go out when you turn on the high beams. Headlights are controled by relays also, try substitution.
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Thanks guys...I'll try the sealed beam. I just wanted to confirm.
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Just this morning on my way to work, my right low beam blew....I've been looking on Bav Auto for a replacement one and the one they say is for my car looks a bit different then the stock ones that are on it now, and they cost around $120.

The ones that looks closest to may car cost around $10 BUT are for cars from production 6/89 mine is from 2/89.

So I'm a little confused as to which ones I should get...neither one looks like my current ones...

I drive a 89 325i convertable by the way...
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Just this morning on my way to work, my right low beam blew....I've been looking on Bav Auto for a replacement one and the one they say is for my car looks a bit different then the stock ones that are on it now, and they cost around $120.

The ones that looks closest to may car cost around $10 BUT are for cars from production 6/89 mine is from 2/89.

So I'm a little confused as to which ones I should get...neither one looks like my current ones...

I drive a 89 325i convertable by the way...
If you have the elipsoid headlights then you can just change the bulb which is a 9006 for the low beam and a 9005 for the high.
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I'll go check but I'm pretty sure the bulb and the lens are one solid piece...I don't know if that makes it elipsoid or what...
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