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      10-06-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Adaptive headlights

I have the xenons but not sure if I have the adaptive headlights. How can I check?

Can't find the adaptive option when decoding the VIN.
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if you have xenons you have adaptive headlights

its hard to see them in action, unless its dark out, and you are at a stop sign make a turn, watch the beam on the street move left or right ever so slightly, it only turns 15 degrees, and thats if your steering wheel is turned as far as it goes.
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if you have xenons you have adaptive headlights

its hard to see them in action, unless its dark out, and you are at a stop sign make a turn, watch the beam on the street move left or right ever so slightly, it only turns 15 degrees, and thats if your steering wheel is turned as far as it goes.
Incorrect. For Australian order cars your headlights will be self-levelling but wont "look into" a bend in the road when you turn the steering wheel.

It's an additional option-

S524A ADAPTIVES KURVENLICHT Adaptive Headlights

that has to be selected.
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I can see the effect when I pull into my garage. They lights cylon back and forth as I turn the wheel.

Starting the car in the garage with lights in "A" mode, the lights turn on immediately because it's dark in the garage and you can see them auto-level themselves. Also very cool.
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      10-07-2012, 12:52 AM   #5
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At night, when the car is stopped, try turning the steering wheel. If the lights pivot as you turn the wheels then you have it.
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You can have Xenon's with out adaptive headlights. The adaptive headlights are an extra option.
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If you drive during night and you are not sure if you have adaptive headlights then you probably don't. It is hard to miss the light show in front of the car (specially if you have auto high beam assistant). It constantly adjusts depending on speed, steering angle and light level.
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If you drive during night and you are not sure if you have adaptive headlights then you probably don't. It is hard to miss the light show in front of the car (specially if you have auto high beam assistant). It constantly adjusts depending on speed, steering angle and light level.
Exactly, it's so cool to watch the adaptive lights do their work.
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How does the auto-leveling system work?
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Incorrect. For Australian order cars your headlights will be self-levelling but wont "look into" a bend in the road when you turn the steering wheel.

It's an additional option-

S524A ADAPTIVES KURVENLICHT Adaptive Headlights

that has to be selected.
thanks for clarifying
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check to see if your fog lights turn on when you turn the wheel
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How does the auto-leveling system work?
Ride heigh sensors on the front & rear axle send signals to the control unit to control the beam.
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check to see if your fog lights turn on when you turn the wheel
That too. If you have adapter lights, it's hard not to notice them.
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I've found the adaptive headlights to be a lifesaver. By me, we have miles of unlit windy roads and loads of animals that come out at night. The adaptive lights have saved me (and several animals) from having a very bad evening.
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BMW UK has a link about Adaptive Headlight technology, wish i can see that little bulbs in action soon on my new F31 328i EBII

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BMW UK has a link about Adaptive Headlight technology, wish i can see that little bulbs in action soon on my new F31 328i EBII

I didn't realise this applied to xenon headlights, I assumed this was unique to LED Headlights?
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I didn't realise this applied to xenon headlights, I assumed this was unique to LED Headlights?
I have the xenons with adaptive light control and mine swivels into turns and auto levels, but I have never noticed it doing some of the cool stuff the video.

I know there is an automatic high beam option that I did not get, but I thought it only dimmed the high beams when it detected oncoming cars. I will kick myself if that $250 dollar option is what you get with the video. If so, I wonder if their is a retrofit option.

Awesome tech anyway.. hopefully it will become standard on all cars!
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Why does the adaptive light control ONLY work when set to A and not when you manually turn the headlights on?! I just don't get BMW engineers at times.
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Why does the adaptive light control ONLY work when set to A and not when you manually turn the headlights on?!
So that you have the opti0on to turn on the headlights and avoid adaptive headlight control.
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I have the xenons with adaptive light control and mine swivels into turns and auto levels, but I have never noticed it doing some of the cool stuff the video.

I know there is an automatic high beam option that I did not get, but I thought it only dimmed the high beams when it detected oncoming cars. I will kick myself if that $250 dollar option is what you get with the video. If so, I wonder if their is a retrofit option.

Awesome tech anyway.. hopefully it will become standard on all cars!
that was my thought too
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Smile Adaptive H/Lights

Hi I also see no reference to Adaptive H/Lights on my Vin Decoder report. Did you eventually get them fitted ? Does the dealer fit options that are not on the original VIN from factory?

still waiting for my new baby, due end March 2014.
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I have the xenons with adaptive light control and mine swivels into turns and auto levels, but I have never noticed it doing some of the cool stuff the video.

I know there is an automatic high beam option that I did not get, but I thought it only dimmed the high beams when it detected oncoming cars. I will kick myself if that $250 dollar option is what you get with the video. If so, I wonder if their is a retrofit option.

Awesome tech anyway.. hopefully it will become standard on all cars!
In Canada and US this feature has been disabled due to local regulations from what I have read. Also backed up by my VIN registry exerpt:

S5ACA High-beam assistant
S5APA Decode antiglare High-beam Assistant


Of course I have also read that you can turn it back on through coding.

I plan to do it on mine.
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