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    Quote Originally Posted by rindless View Post
    Yeah, unplugging them then plugging them back in works, it could be cheap bulbs I suppose. I know they take a lot of voltage to fire up and was hoping that a new battery would sort it out, it has'nt!!!!! The main stealer wants £135 + VAT per bulb so thats a last option. It may be cheaper to try and revert to halogen style lights???
    Get a price from your local motor factors, BMW wanted £80 each +VAT for mine.....Motor factors was £49 each +VAT.. (and good quality ones at that).

    2003 E46 330Ci cab. .. .can`t keep my arse outa the drivers seat. . . .most enjoyable !. . .. & my wife has a 2008 E60 530d se auto, (yes, we`re BMW mad !!)
     
     

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    hi mate not sure if its the same but on my e46 i did the HID convertion 10k bulbs (slight blue) and when fitted they worked fine with engine off ignition on when i started the engine they would flick/go out and sometimes never come back on untill i was to restart the engine so i tried all the things you have in the the post before still no joy i was getting quite pi**ed that this time so looked it up on the net and what i found some hid bulb and ballasts need direct current to work and some bmw's which was mine runs as alternating current(or it could be the other way around) so i managed to get hold of a current convertor fitted them between the ballast and power supply and they worked fine and run with no problems but my kit was an after market so not sure if its the same the converter i used was

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PAIR-OF-XENON-...a48e74fef22ed2

    dont be put off by the title of the ebay post if you scrol down and read the blog it says they stop lights flicking as they work also as a convertor
    not saying its going to work with your problem but it fixed mine like others have said it may just be dodgy bulbs thats all mate hope this helps
     
     

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    Hmm, never heard of these but its got to be worth a go for the sake of £11. Its just odd how the lights are standard factory fit by BMW and worked fine before the initial bulb went. If these converters do the trick then I can only assume that the cheaper bulbs which I bought are substandard (as they need these converters). Once they have been on for a while they can be turned off/on without a problem, its just the first turn on when the car has been stood for a while. I'll give the guy a ring as the ebay advert has a phone number, thanks for the advice and i'll let you know if they do the trick.
     
     

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    cool like i said they maybe what u need,it did the trick on my e46 but i was using an aftermarket kit
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rindless View Post
    After pricing a bulb up from the main stealer (£135 plus VAT) I sourced a pair on the net for £15.
    Well spending £15 on a pair of bulbs is mental.. Id be lucky to get one halogen bulb for my car for that price.
     
     

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    Mental??? Not sure why you think that mate, I'd sooner take a gamble on a pair of £15 bulbs than pay nearly £300 at a dealer. Its looking like its the ballast anyway so the bulbs are ok I think.
     
     

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