If the only car available in the color I want is one without navigation, is
it possible for the dealer to add the factory original in dash OEM DVD
Another option I'm curious about being dealer installable or end user
installable is xenon headlights. Is this just a matter of ordering up the
xenon lights off the net and putting them in myself? or is there different
wiring, any electronics anywhere, any difference in the dashboard icons,
Just out of curiousity, and this is probably a stupid idea that might hurt
the value of the car, but is it possible to change the color of the car very
easily? I mean, to get a factory quality paint finish would likely mean
disassembling the car down to the frame right? probably not a good idea?
I don't believe that you can add it, since nav requires iDrive, and a
different wiring harness.
Xenon is not really addable. It requires the headlight washers, a different
wiring harness and power supply, and a completely different headlight
assembly because of the bi-xenon feature. There are ways to do it,
but it wouldn't be legal and probably wouldn't provide better illumination
than the halogens.
Definitely not a good idea. Definitely expensive - I would guess over $10K.
Well, US law doesn't require headlight washers, however you should
have them and the auto-leveling adjustment hardware that is part of
the OEM Xenon lights. Otherwise you risk exposing others to very
high (and illegal) levels of glare. All European cars have to have those
features for that reason. I know that some US cars don't have the washers.
I am not aware of *ANY* aftermarket headlight that has those.
And if you bought the OEM parts, you're probably in $2500.
Only if you have APPROVED bulbs in them. People replacing
their 55w bulbs with 85w/110w bulbs (or Xenon capsules) are
breaking the law. Note that all those bulbs are labelled for
"off road use only".
We're not discussing improper aiming, which would put your vehicle in violation
of your state motor vehicle inspection requirements. We're discussing glare due
to a dirty headlight lens, which occurs during normal operation of a conforming
vehicle. Can you cite a single state law requiring headlight lenses to meet a
standard of cleanliness during normal use?
Do try to keep up.
Lighting laws tend in the US to be on the order of "must be visible from
200 feet" and are hopelessly out of date. A bit of common sense and politeness
goes a logn way and we wouldn't need laws if these were less scarce commodities.
Xenons are a fashion statement. They can make white ones but people want blue
so poeple nkow they've spent a lot of money. True story. You're better off with
and driving lights. There are a number of reasons why you don't want xenons,
in incleemnt weather to say nothing of the fact they're the most obnoxious thing
on the planet to oncoming drivers.
Of course some people thrive on being obnoxious.
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I have them because they're brighter and I can see farther, so
they're safer. It has nothing to do with being a fashion statement
-- for me anyway. If they're adjusted correctly, they are not an
issue for oncoming traffic. Improperly adjusted or installed units
are the issue.
Thanks for the info Floyd. Kind of disappointing news on all three fronts.
I'm surprised the Xenons are so much hassle to add. I thought I saw xenon
conversion kits on the net. I found this website
but I remember reading somewhere about halogen to xenon conversion kits,
that they aren't true xenons because they dont change the reflectors,
lenses, etc. That it just gives you the look of xenon without really being
Since I see that a lot of the features are impossible to add, Is it possible
for the dealer to install the upgraded 19" wheels? (going from non 19"
wheels) Just asking on this because obviously the wheel circumference will
change throwing off the odometer and speedometer, etc. Can the dealer
recalibrate? Or are there also gear/axle differences?
Maybe this is a dumb question, but what the hell. Why not just bite
the bullet and wait the time the dealer needs to get the car with
exactly the spec. you want from another dealer?
I've done it twice in the last 10 years, admittedly not with BMW
dealers (but car dealers are car dealers), and all it cost me was 2 or
3 weeks wait each time.
Believe me, I would if it were that easy :). Except that the car in question
(the M3) was discontinued a month ago. I've ordered an in production car
before and it took about 2 weeks. A guy I know ordered an M3, and it took
about a month.
Now why do I want a discontinued model when the new M3 is due in < 6 months?
Because the new M3 will have a new body style that'll be ugly as all hell
and cost about $5k - $7k more.
It's maybe still be worth a try though.
I bought a T*y*t* MR2 for SWMBO after they'd been discontinued in the
US, and when the local T*y*t* dealer finally realized I wasn't going
to buy the white one he had on his lot, he got exactly the desired
spec. car from another dealer 400 miles away.
So you're looking for an E46 M3? All have Xenons I thought and the
later ones have bi-xenons. I'm pretty sure that adding i-xenons is
possible (well of course it's possible).
Navigation can be retrofitted but it's costly. Even the wiring looms
are $$$. There's probably more to it than adding xenons. You'll get
a better functioning unit by going aftermarket though. Search on the
net for navigation retrofit.
Resprays won't hurt provided the color is nicer than before, the job is
done well and you have pictures of the process to show potential buyers
that it wasn't done as a result of accident damage. I mean, if you buy
say a white M3 you can only add value by respraying it :-)
Agree, compared to the ones used by the Japanese mfrs, you see a MAJOR
difference. In fact, its no contest. IF you really need a NAV system,
As for Xenon lights, the bargain was ordering it new. For what $800,
you get the bi-Xenon with adjustable whatever. Good stuff at a very
As for aftermarket Xenon, forgetaboutit! Really, the only way is to buy
the OE kit and add it. However, assuming its possible to add, BMW OE
Xenon lights will probably set you back $1200-1500.
Yes. It appears from the website and limited info there, that this is
a bulb replacement kit. That's a very bad idea, because the foci,
etc. of the halogens don't match what is needed for Xenon. Check out
Daniel Stern's website for more specific info and reasons not to use these:
http://www.danielsternlighting.com /. He's about the best there is at this
subject - you can also google groups (here in AAB and in rec.autos.driving)
for his posts on the subjects.
Wheels are easy. When you go to a larger diameter wheel, you get a
lower profile tire. For instance, on the 2001 model years to go from
a 16" to 17" wheel you go from a 225/50R16 to a 225/45R17; this
keeps the overall diameter of the tire the same. Go to www.tirerack.com
and poke around, look for the "Plus Concept" in their tech section.
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