In Reply to: Ok here is the deal with these so called Xenon ... posted by Harvey on October 23, 2001 at 10:16:06:
2. Xenon Upgrade: "Not any do it yourselfer can do this". Which part can't a normal person do...unplug the old bulb, plug in the new bulb, and plug the ballast inline between the new bulb and the old headlight cable (giving you stock cable -> ballast -> new cable -> new bulb...all totally plug and play). Low beam check warning light won't come on either. Yes, you do need to know how to change a fuse too. I've also never seen an $800 setup. $400 - $600 seems to be the norm depending on the ballasts and bulbs you go with.
OEM: $1500 - $2500? Where'd the other $2k go? This is what I did...got some ballasts and bulbs from a stock e46 that crashed for $275. Spent about 1 hour removing and thoroughly cleaning the headlight housings (both are optional, but I don't like putting things back together dirty). Then I went to the harware store to get some 3M Silicone glue to seal out any water. Since the bulb mounts are different on a HID compared to a 9006, the brackets for the 9006 must be bent out of the way. Then, using the 3M Sealent to help hold and seal, I attached the bulbs to the housing. Since the sealant is just silicone, it takes about 10-15 second to remove a bulb and about the same to reattach. I've also never had a check headlight warning light(and yes the bulb still works). That eveing, I check headlight alignment and was pretty close, well within the adjustable range. Since I installed them almost a year ago I've had exactly one person flash their lights at me.
Total cost: $282 (I bought a big tube of sealant). Labor cost: $0 Labor Time: 35-1 hr. minutes for a first time. No tools needed unless you remove the headlight housing which is not necessary, in which case your trunk tool kit is plenty.
My question for you is this: Which of the websites (bmwtips, bmwxenon, autosupermart, or carlights) do you work for? Surely any real fact finding expedition would not have come up with your results.