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    Hi
    I have an early 2002 E46 330D Touring.
    It has brilliant headlights and the self leveling seems to work just fine when ever starting the car and light is dim enough (it has auto lights).
    I believe that for the xenon lights to have been fitted from new that the lights should have washers or wipers, mine however does not, but i would think the lights are still fitted from new as the original owner bought every conceivable extra option apart from the sunroof, the car has everything!
    My question is, even though the car passed it's MOT, when driving in the dark, the headlights seem to light up a lot of the lane next to the drivers side, but very little kerbside, and don't offer light in front over a very long distance.
    If anyone has any ideas i'd love to hear from them
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    There not a factory fit if they don't have a washer fitted mate. Looks like hes fitted it after. I'd take a good guess that the headlights are knackered if they're poitning to the right or you've got LHD lights fitted?

    And light not appearing infront of the car for a reasonabe distance (in my experience) thats down to the HID bulb being over 8000k which gives less light output/more bluey.
     
     

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    PS you missed the cars year of the thread title
     
     

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    The lights could be from a left hand drive car ? Good old ebay

    Re: washers it could have had a front end shunt ? and replaced with wrong parts ?

    There was talk on a recent thread about a switch? for changing from L/h to r/h maybe you have this option
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    You should have headlamp washers as standard given that your car is a near range topper 330d. Full list here if interested.
    [Maybe previous owner pulled the power plug for h/l washer pump as they really are more trouble than worth in leaks, making a mess on car and in winter prone to self-destructing if water freezes inside the nozzles.]

    If you have xenon then you will have the switch/lever mentioned to allow temporary use in LHD countries, the lever only flattens the beam and it is not a true LHD beam.




    Things to (re)check are alignment on an MOT beam setter, and make sure both lamps do an even sweep when you turn on side-lights.

    I had bi-xenon retro-fitted into my car and the difference from halogen is mostly in the superior width of illumination as a correctly adjusted xenon unit should still only 'reach' as far as a correctly adjusted halogen unit.
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    Thanks guys, sorry it's a 2002 model.
    I think i may just try changing the bulbs for new ones first, any recommendations on the best ones to use?
     
     

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    Your xenon should look similar to this pic, super wide with very defined cut-off. Perhaps your bulbs have been on car since new and are well ready for a change.


    Assuming OP has xenon, the best/brightest/most reliable xenon bulbs are the ones BMW fit such as OSRAM XENARC or Philips 85122, both d2s types.

    Remember that xenon bulbs have a much shorter life if they are repeatedly turned on and off. I've read somewhere that each time you turn xenon on it eats 15min of bulb life. Prob best to put the lights on manual in this case.

    You could try some of the cheap bulbs that are like £20/pair delivered but quality/lifespan not gonna be the same.
    If you do try non-OEM bulbs, don't go over 6000k colour temperature, the output really suffers the higher you go.

    Finally, make certain lights are fully off and ignition key out before you go anywhere near the xenon bulbs/wiring, those big yellow High Voltage stickers mean business!!
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