3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
Originally posted by e36_332i_s52+Jan 11 2004, 06:17 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (e36_332i_s52 @ Jan 11 2004, 06:17 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-adrenaline@Jan 11 2004, 04:40 AM What about the "angel eyes"? any idea about that?
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thanx! I have a 328CI, 2000...was wonderin if I could replace my xenon lights with the angel eyes and how much it could cost me approximately? Do I just change the lights themselves or is there a full change in the wiring too?
By far the number one way to upgrade your car to Xenons is to watch ebay for auctions for the entire 3 series Xenon lamp assemblies for left and right. Sometimes, if you get lucky you can find one side for as little as 2-300.00 depending on the seller. Typically however, you might find it in pieces. For example seller A might have the plastic housing, and then you would need to buy the ballast (the portion that creates the huge electronic charge necessary to burn the gas in the burner) from seller B and the Xenon burner or bulb from seller C. Still this approach will almost always cost you hundreds less than simply going to the dealer and requesting the entire kit for both sides.
PLEASE do NOT simply throw a retrofit kit or those cheap blue bulbs in there. If youre going to do this do it RIGHT. There are many "kits" out there that will allow you to throw the real Xenon burners and a cheap ballast into a stock headlamp assembly by adapting the burner to fit in the "hole" for the standard Halogen bulb, but your stock assemblies ARENT designed for this! You will throw light all over the place due to the reflectors in place for the stock Halogen lights. Its unsafe for you, and for oncoming traffic who will see tons of glare, and it makes the rest of us Xenon owners look bad. The blue lights that are direct replacements, will just be colored bulbs sometimes with a little gas in them and designed to use higher wattage. These can burn your stock wiring and will actually give you LESS usable light out front.
I am not sure why you would get errors swapping out the assemblies from another 3 with Xenons?? But go figure, its a Bimmer.
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