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jacksprat
11-17-2005, 04:19 PM
DISCLAIMER: this is just an OBERVATION. I DO NOT want to convert my 2002 to the 2006 facelift. So dont rag on me about being a poser.

Based on BMW's history of facelifts, mainly the e39 series, I think that if one had the money, one can change the exterior (front/rear) look of the 2002 to that of the 2006 without modification to the vehicle's frame (as in everything will be "bolt-on")

Example: The E39 5series. In 2001 BMW gave the 97-00 e39's a face lift. They put on the Celis LED tailights, and the angel eye headlights, as well as a new front bumper and color matched side moldings. Any 97-00 e39 owner could pick up a pair of tailights, headlights, new bumper cover, matching foglights, and paint their moldings to look like the 2001 E39's. I know this for a fact because I have seen it in person.

Same case for the E65. Upon close inspection I noticed that:

1)The outer taillights are the same shape. They only changed the internals to the 4 band Celis LED style taillight that the 2001 5series has.

2)The trunk lid has new tailights in it

3) headlights changed, maybe grill also

4) bumper changed

In conclusion, I believe that if a 2002 owner wanted to update to the 2006 look, all he would need to do is to buy:

1)The new outer tailights

2)New trunk lid and lights

3)New headlights

4)New bumper and foglights

The next few items are questionable, because the 2001 E39 angel eye headlights fit onto the 97-00 frontends without needing a new hood or fenders or even bumper for that matter. So one MIGHT also need to get from the 2006 E65:

1) new hood and grill

2) new fenders

A pricey modification, probably about 5 grand (needs paint too), but do-able nonetheless.

bmw325
11-17-2005, 04:22 PM
Pretty sure the hood, fenders and trunk lid were also affected...

jacksprat
11-17-2005, 04:25 PM
The two pics are of a 97-00 5 series front end and one of a 2001 5 series front end.

jacksprat
11-17-2005, 04:26 PM
Robg, I did mention that a new trunk lid would be neccessary. The hood and fenders are questionable. The corners of the old and new headlights might be the same dimensions, just as they were on the E39's

jacksprat
11-17-2005, 04:49 PM
AFter looking even more cloesly, I am SURE that one would need to swap hoods and grills also

Malibubimmer
11-17-2005, 07:44 PM
DISCLAIMER: this is just an OBERVATION. I DO NOT want to convert my 2002 to the 2006 facelift. So dont rag on me about being a poser. . . .
Jack - There is a "u" in "poser." If you are me you spell it "poseur" and the dictionaries agree with you. If you are Beewang you spell it "posuer" and the graduates of the University of Oregon don't care.

jacksprat
11-18-2005, 09:31 AM
thankyou internet grammar policeofficer

Malibubimmer
11-18-2005, 12:05 PM
thankyou internet grammar policeofficer
Actually, spelling policeman.

I could add to your initial post that you can probably plop a new 4.8 litre engine into the engine bay without doing any body work, too. Of course, how do you dispose of the 4.4 litre?

BmW745On19's
11-18-2005, 09:20 PM
Interior would be pretty easy too just some new knobs for the air conditoner controls, new iDrive thingy and new steering wheel and *tad da* you got a 06er :)

Malibubimmer
11-18-2005, 10:36 PM
Interior would be pretty easy too just some new knobs for the air conditoner controls, new iDrive thingy and new steering wheel and *tad da* you got a 06er :)
Exactly. We're looking at no more than $25,000, tops, to convert the 745i to a 750i -- without any body work!

BmW745On19's
11-20-2005, 09:05 AM
Exactly. We're looking at no more than $25,000, tops, to convert the 745i to a 750i -- without any body work!

What a deal! :D

Datrojan
10-19-2009, 09:48 AM
lol

csmeance
10-19-2009, 02:38 PM
You can buy a kit to update the look of the 7:

http://roveractive.biz/product_info.php?cPath=23_210_212_298&products_id=1007

They supply all the correct parts for your car, all you will need to do is paint and install. 7K sure beats 25K...

robohopar
10-19-2009, 04:04 PM
i think its really not worth it.

for a clean job itll probably cost you 10K+ if you have someone else do all the work.

i would sell my 02 if i had one and put that 10k on it and buy a 06.

if it cost 3k max id say okay but doing the upgrade is pretty much a worthless investment

Seven11
10-19-2009, 04:05 PM
total waste of money

M.Wong
10-19-2009, 04:09 PM
lol

Resurrect a Nov 2005 post, original author last on the boards Jul 2008?

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