2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunction

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2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunction

Post by Lewy » 09 May 2012, 20:50

I fear the worst people...

Just had a headlamp malfunction warning on the dash and my driver's side main beam is now none existant, the angel eyes work fine by the way. there was some moisture on the inside of the lense so took the cover off to let it dry off in the good weather and totally forgot about it, now the malfunction... I wonder if I've allowed too much moisture in and burned out the unit, I bloomin hope not! As it happens I can't find the cover that I put in the boot either! I aint moved it! :-q :-q :-q :-q :-q

Neal may have some words of wisdom but I'm not confident, they aint cheap!

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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by RayB » 09 May 2012, 21:00

Stupid question perhaps, have you checked the fuse??

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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by M60NJP » 09 May 2012, 21:08

I fear you'll need Elms Direct discount on parts for this mate. Apart from a fuse or water ingestion there's only a couple of parts to fail - the 'bulb' unit and the ballast resistor/control unit (plus an ignition thingy). Both are expensive - usually it's the BR that goes, but if water has got in it may have blown the bulb which is only fairly expensive!

You don't want to know how expensive, but Elms discount could save you £60...........

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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by Lewy » 09 May 2012, 21:19

RayB wrote:Stupid question perhaps, have you checked the fuse??
Not yet mate, was hammering it down and I was late for footy (outdoors - lovely!) but I'll check it out first thing when I get up, although I think I'll be lucky if it is...
M60NJP wrote:I fear you'll need Elms Direct discount on parts for this mate. Apart from a fuse or water ingestion there's only a couple of parts to fail - the 'bulb' unit and the ballast resistor/control unit (plus an ignition thingy). Both are expensive - usually it's the BR that goes, but if water has got in it may have blown the bulb which is only fairly expensive!

You don't want to know how expensive, but Elms discount could save you £60...........
Mate I looked at some american posts and they were saying $1200 for a new unit as they can burn out too - so let's hope it's just the bulb! No scrap that, just the fuse! =))

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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by M60NJP » 09 May 2012, 21:26

Bulb is about £75 from memory.......

Don't get ebay crap......too many error messages. I'll email 645V8 tomorrow as he had a similar problem and managed to fix jt only by selling one kidney.......

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Post by RayB » 09 May 2012, 21:32

Some cheaper options HERE with some reputable makes

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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by Lewy » 09 May 2012, 21:34

M60NJP wrote:Bulb is about £75 from memory.......

Don't get ebay crap......too many error messages. I'll email 645V8 tomorrow as he had a similar problem and managed to fix jt only by selling one kidney.......
Thanks mate, a bulb I can deal with, a new unit wouldn't be too friendly given the money hemorrhaging out of my bank account for this wedding at the moment!

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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by Gus247 » 09 May 2012, 23:07

jeeeees buddy... I hope it's the least expensive fix.... madness that they can make parts that are likely to go wrong so expensive..... eBay could be your friend - keep a look out for 'previously enjoyed' units as a last resort... good luck mate!
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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by E36 lover » 10 May 2012, 08:30

i hope you can get it sorted with out too much expense lewy :thumbup:
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Re: 2004 E64 645ci convertible - offside headlamp malfunctio

Post by M60NJP » 10 May 2012, 08:49

....if the cover has gone AWOL that's kost likely best sourced from Elms - I think they're less than a tenner.

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