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    55 Plate Xenons - Cutting out

    Hi Guys,

    I have a 55 PLATE facelift model 2.0 tdi 3dr, its got the factory fit xenons with DRL's. They have a fault where the main lights cut out, one side or the other then registers a fault on the dash - I simply switch lights off and on and they come back on but flicker before one side goes out. It happens randomly?

    Not impressed with the quality of these lamps, BMW's version have always been fine.

    Would it be bulb replacement or ballast? How much am I looking at?


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    i would guess a bulb replacement... get some replacements from HIDs Direct on ebay...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieDJA View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I have a 55 PLATE facelift model 2.0 tdi 3dr, its got the factory fit xenons with DRL's. They have a fault where the main lights cut out, one side or the other then registers a fault on the dash - I simply switch lights off and on and they come back on but flicker before one side goes out. It happens randomly?

    Not impressed with the quality of these lamps, BMW's version have always been fine.

    Would it be bulb replacement or ballast? How much am I looking at?

    Bit puzzled about this ! Factory fit xenons WITH drl's on a '55 plate ? Didn't think drl's came out until much later ?

    Were they an optional extra at that time ?

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    Maybe the case, 55/06 for the Bi-Xenons with the DRLs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash187 View Post
    i would guess a bulb replacement... get some replacements from HIDs Direct on ebay...
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    Thank you for that, really helpful and cheaper than I thought, will these look the same but newer? What K are Audi bulbs? 4300 or 6000K?

    Quote Originally Posted by mike foster View Post
    Bit puzzled about this ! Factory fit xenons WITH drl's on a '55 plate ? Didn't think drl's came out until much later ?

    Were they an optional extra at that time ?
    Mine were a factory extra, its quite loaded for an A3 its got -
    Bi Xenons with DRL's
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    The DRL's are really bright in the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike foster View Post
    Bit puzzled about this ! Factory fit xenons WITH drl's on a '55 plate ? Didn't think drl's came out until much later ?

    Were they an optional extra at that time ?
    these headlights? i believe they were available as my car has the headlight washers from factory and in the coding it's always been able to take the bi-xenons.

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    Yeah they are the lights but mine have OEM DRL bulbs

    Spoken to Audi there is an outstanding fault with the A4 and not the A3 considering its the same tech will be taking it further. They think its the module control unit which is like £400 and didnt clarify whether this is per side! I'll either be selling this car based on that and going back to BMW or removing the lamps and fitting standard bulb units that WORK and wont kill me of a night

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    JamieDJA, did you ever got this sorted, did you get new bulbs or is it the ballasts that is causing this? I've got the same problem with mine, passenger side light flickers then goes out, weired thing is it only does it in the evening when leaving work, never going to work !?

 

 

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