How many BMW technicians does it take to screw in a light bulb???
I'm not certain of the answer, but I'm getting a better feeling for how long it takes.
Picked up a brand new '06 on 18 August at BMW dealer (to be named later). One the 250-mile ride home, things just kept getting darker and darker..... while I waited patiently for the Xenon light to impress me.
When I left the dealer, I saw light in the reflection on the front door. First impression was that the parking lights were the actual DRL (daytime running lights) and that the Xenon didn't "kick-in" until it got dark....like the new cars. Seems the light was supposed to be on all the time... and never worked from minute one.
Another dealer (250-miles from the purchasing dealer) has gone out of his way to fix what I thought was a simple warranty claim.... replace a bulb. It's been in his dealership almost three weeks and we don't have a solution yet.... seems no one stocks replacement bulbs or replacement parts for this new light..... that's supposed to last forever.
Has anyone else had similar problems (infant mortality) with the Xenon headlamp system and what was the outcome? First attempt was to replace the bulb (waited a week for a new bulb)... bulb blew. Second attempt was to replace the headlight assembly (waited another week for parts).... BMW sent without the bulb. Dealership overnight's a new bulb and still no light. I believe they said they were ordered some sort of computer controller.
Is this headlight system reliable or should I be looking for some aftermarket lighting just in case?
Really looking forward to riding the bike as I've only had it to myself for one day since my 18 July purchase.... the first two weeks were a business trip..... not BMW's fault.