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    Hi folks. new to the forum, first time posting - so go easy...

    My car is a 2005 E90, lights are H7 type.

    I have a problem with my Xenon conversion, even with the "error cancellers", i.e. capacitors, I still get the error message. Tried 2 lots of error cancellers, but the problem remains.

    Yes, I know I am probably in league with the devil, but those Xenon's light the road up beautifully. Had them checked at an MOT station - they passed.

    The error message pops up every 5 minutes - very annoying. Any suggestions of how to stop the message?

    Has anyone fitted a Xenon conversion kit that does not create error messages?
     
     

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    Hi mate, there are lots of us who have fitted them to the E46 without any problems in terms of error messages on the dash... i know i for one had issues with trying to fit LED sidelights due to them using less power and the computer thinking the bulb had blown but the HIDs have never been an issue.

    Sorry i cant help.. will be interested to see why your having issues.

    Gary
     
     

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    Im not 100% sure on the issue, but i think it maybe the ballast, some that you buy like off ebay etc do have faults that come up, but not on other cars. Like my brother in laws E30 did have problems with the kit he bought, but then when he bought a different kit it worked perfectly, I could recommend you a guy that does HID kits, me and greyhound on the forum and both used him and we paid £60 for ours, and yeh it is a wikid piece of kit
     
     

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    Do you get the message 'Check Low Beam Lights' displayed?
     
     

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    If you wired both ballast up to the one side, the other side will not be drawing current and will produce an error.

    If you have 35w ballasts, they will act as though you have 35w bulbs connected, which could be problem, given normal halogens draw 55 - 60 watts.

    One solution is to buy a 55w kit??
     
     

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    The E90 is really a b@stard to fit Xenons into. I've been looking for a kit for a month now, there are plenty that 'claim' to be error free but when you actually speak with the vendors and say

    "if this guaranteed kit gives an error, I will drive to your shop and stick it up your **** - are you absolutely sure it will work on an E90?"

    they all say that they can't be 100% sure.

    BMW can do something to the ECU to prevent the error but it will cost you!
     
     

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    After a lot of searching the net and a purchase from Ebay "guranteed 100% solution" that did not work, I now have my E90 converted to HID Xenon.

    Firstly the Ebay purchase was the vendor using me as a guinea-pig. Yes they were cheap (£80 delivered) and worked (very bright 6k kit), but the ECU did not like them and threw an error. No way could I live with the error message, especially the "bing-bong" every 5 minutes. After the vendor supplied me with 3 different kits (that all threw the lights error) , I gave up.

    Second attempt was based on a lot more research. Problem is the BMW canbus system detects the difference between halogen and Xenon. Simple answer get a canbus compatible ballast to ignite the Xenon's.

    I have fitted a canbus Xenon kit (from http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/index.html) and have run it for a week - it works. No error messages. I picked the 4.3K kit as it is not too white. Took me just over an hour to fit. The kit is 35w and comes with an inline resistor in the kit to make it th equivalent of 55w.

    The Ebay kit I have partially reused on my wifes Jeep Cherokee and purchased a wiring harness and a set of H4 Xenon bulbs (from http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/index.html). My wifes Jeep is so simple it cannot detect that the Xenon lights are only drawing 35w and I have therefore not bothered fitting the resistors.

    Hope the above helps other E90 owners find what they are looking for.
     
     

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    Bit like buses, when u want one u can't find one and then they all turn up at once. April 2009 total BMW magazine lists the following suppliers of HID Xenon lamp upgrade kits:

    HIDS4U 0844 884 2600
    Virtual Daylight 0845 330 6254
    HIDS Direct 0161 793 9236
    M Style 0208 598 9115
    Xenonshop 07934 117900

    Happy hunting....
     
     

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    great thanks for the info
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_sap View Post
    After a lot of searching the net and a purchase from Ebay "guranteed 100% solution" that did not work, I now have my E90 converted to HID Xenon.

    Firstly the Ebay purchase was the vendor using me as a guinea-pig. Yes they were cheap (£80 delivered) and worked (very bright 6k kit), but the ECU did not like them and threw an error. No way could I live with the error message, especially the "bing-bong" every 5 minutes. After the vendor supplied me with 3 different kits (that all threw the lights error) , I gave up.

    Second attempt was based on a lot more research. Problem is the BMW canbus system detects the difference between halogen and Xenon. Simple answer get a canbus compatible ballast to ignite the Xenon's.

    I have fitted a canbus Xenon kit (from http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/index.html) and have run it for a week - it works. No error messages. I picked the 4.3K kit as it is not too white. Took me just over an hour to fit. The kit is 35w and comes with an inline resistor in the kit to make it th equivalent of 55w.

    The Ebay kit I have partially reused on my wifes Jeep Cherokee and purchased a wiring harness and a set of H4 Xenon bulbs (from http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/index.html). My wifes Jeep is so simple it cannot detect that the Xenon lights are only drawing 35w and I have therefore not bothered fitting the resistors.

    Hope the above helps other E90 owners find what they are looking for.
    In your opinion would a 55W kit fool the ECU into not knowing any different and thus solve the problem? Thanks in advance.
     
     

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