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Bi-Xenon failure - not the bulb....

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by Hotdatum, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Hotdatum

    Hotdatum Active Member

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    E320 Estate AV 2007 - drivers side dipped headlamp is out, switched in a new bulb and no joy. Garage say it must be the igniter unit and say its about £500 all in to change.

    Does that sound about right????

    (only had it a week - bugger!!!!)

    Cheers a guys

    Tom
     
  2. Naraic

    Naraic Moderator

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    Go on Ebay and pay about £30 for an ignitor. But it might be the ballast...also on Ebay for about £30.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mercedes-...CarParts_SM&hash=item46009de912#ht_500wt_1156

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-...arParts_SM&hash=item4ab3b8be66#ht_1534wt_1270
     
  3. npuk

    npuk Guest

    Did you buy the car from a dealer or private individual?
     
  4. television

    television Always remembered RIP

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    As the above questions, dealer or private,, and on Ebay very cheap
     
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    Hotdatum

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    From a dealer....Thoughts??
     
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    Naraic Moderator

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    Go back and get them to replace it. I'd be surprised if they refuse.
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    As above they have no choice in this but to fix it :D
     
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    Hotdatum

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    Does it matter that it was working when I bought it?

    Thanks for the eBay link - if I have to pay I'm going down that route. As ever you guys are genius!!!
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Nope, it matter not that it was working, if you get a fault this quick you are covered under all laws
     
  10. WG M-B

    WG M-B Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    It's pretty quick and straight forward to change both the ballast and the igniter from one side to the other to test them. I would have thought your garage would have done this in order to give you an accurate diagnosis rather than just assuming
     
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    Hotdatum

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    Ok - it was water ingress into the ballast/headlight unit which has corroded the connectors to both. Solution is a complete headlight switch. £474 for the unit (plus VAT!!!!) and 1 1/2 hours labour.

    The garage I bought it from are paying parts and I'm picking up labour as I got the car in Ely and I can't be bothered to take it back to them (from Portsmouth).

    All in all I'm happy!
     
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    Funny that, we see the same fault yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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