In Reply to: Ok here is the deal with these so called Xenon ... posted by Harvey on October 23, 2001 at 10:16:06:
Ok here is the deal, after spending over $250 on these so-called “XENON” lights; I have come to this conclusion. There are just too many brads out there; the first thing I did was do some research. I went to www.bmwtips.com and it as a topic about the different types of “xenon lights”. Basically there are three types. Bulbs that are coated blue with xenon gas in the bulb, xenon upgrade that just includes the bulb and igniter, and the OEM headlight assembly.
1. Bulbs coated with blue xenon gas.
-Cheapest way to get closest to true factory HID Xenon
-some are just too over priced such as www.bmwxenon.com JIMMIY’s ($120) got a pair. carlights.net for only $30 a pair, autosupermart.com for $22 EACH!!
-autosupermat was the worst, less light than the stock.
-don’t even consider www.audiquattroparts.com/xenon.htm (narva lights) too expensive ($12-20 EACH) and delivery took exactally 36 days. ( I even payed by paypal)
-What was surprising is that www.audiquattroparts.com/xenon.htm and www.carlights.net were the same light bulb from www.bmwxenon.com, just with different labels and packaging.
2. Xenon upgrade
-Don’t even consider it. See for yourself visit the web pages at www.bmwtips.com. COST WAY TOO MUCH MONEY, WHO IS GOING TO INSTALL IT? (not any do it you selfer can do this) CHECK LOW BEAM MESSAGE WARNING WILL COME ON. ($500 – $800 excluding installation)
3. OEM headlights
-Same as above but multiply the cost by 3 and multiply the labor work to install the headlight by 7. were talking about thousands of dollars here. ($1500 – 2500)
I currently drive a 1995 325i (original owner) and never once replaced any bulbs in my car, except one brake light. These bulbs claim they last 3x 4x time longer than stock (I just got to wait to see if that is true). www.bmwxenon.com, www.carlights.net and www.autosupermart.com had good shipping and customer care.
PS. The owners of carlights.net are twin sisters I think. Sheila and Sandra. (Don’t get any ideas, LOL).