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Old Nov 10th, 2012, 02:45 PM
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Xenon harness got hot and light quite

Hello,looking for some feedback on next steps. My daughters 2003 passenger xenon light stopped working. I removed the bulb and notice the plastic end of the harness appears melted as well as part of the bulb. Could this be because the connection became dirty? What parts might I be needing?
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Old Nov 10th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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It certainly shouldnt melt the bulb and harness if its a standard MINI fitment, and not aftermarket where problems might occur due to incorrect wire sizes etc
Probably a loose connection might have caused the fault as it could spark when the full current is asked for??
Depends also if the bulb has actually gone or just the wire/plug.
A new Xenon HID bulb isnt cheap if you need one and you will certainly need a new plug and damaged section of the wiring which it maybe possible to renew/repair the affect part only back to the under bonnet loom connection?
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Thanks for your inputs. Far as I know nothing but factory stuff on the car. Wondering about splicing a new bulb plug/recepticle on just don't where to get one
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Quote: Originally Posted by KRA (original)
Thanks for your inputs. Far as I know nothing but factory stuff on the car. Wondering about splicing a new bulb plug/recepticle on just don't where to get one

Your dealer will supply the parts you need or go online to folk like BMWMINI parts
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Old Nov 11th, 2012, 04:23 PM
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sounds aftermarket to me,as the 1st gen hid lamps are d2 bulb which have a ignitor on the back of them,if there is just wires going to the lamp then it's not oe.

post a pic of the hid lamp & wiring..
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Old Nov 12th, 2012, 01:27 PM
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There are not just wires going to back. The igniter is there, the receptacle to the bulb is the piece that failed. Looks like it had some arcing between the center and outer connection points. In pinch while I am sourcing a used xenon light will a regular complete Halogen assembly work? I have been told this type of xenon failure is common to the early models and that I should upgrade to the 2005 or 2006 Xenon lights.
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You cant put a halogen unit on one side and a xenon the other if thats what youre thinking about as the xenon has 4 times the brightness?
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