Why does it cost so much to get my Xenon headlight replaced? The dealer quoted me $700 to replace it on my 2006 BMW 330i. That seems outrageous for a lightbulb.

Why does it cost so much to get my Xenon headlight replaced? The dealer quoted me $700 to replace it on my 2006 BMW 330i. That seems outrageous for a lightbulb.

 
Xenon lights are awesome. However, their clean and clear illumination comes at a lofty price. That’s because they’re filled with exotic gases from planets that only Elon Musk knows about (kidding). As such, there is a price for glory, and they aren’t cheap when your car is new or even when it is headed to the automotive old folks’ home.

Bulbs, power supplies and ballasts are costly to replace, it is just a fact of life. If you don’t want to pay dealer prices, jump on the Internet. Online forums will have good suggestions, and shop around for good deals – this includes looking for wrecking yards that specialize in your particular brand (BMW) and following retailer websites that specialize in your sled. Talk to a few different mechanics and get their best recommendations, and then choose your poison – the faster you swallow the bitter pill of cost, the faster you will see the light!  ~ Bill

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on Sep 13, 2016

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