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Blaque47x 04-09-2012 10:30 PM

xenon headlamp replacement
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Had driver side headlamp go out on my 650I, found out it can be a bear, so added a few pictures to
help the next person out..
Pictures will detail sequence of removal and replacement of bulb, which will require removal
of front tire,depending on which bulb you are replacing.

Good Luck!!!

stevelee203 04-10-2012 10:52 AM

awesome nice thanks for photos

Yorgi 04-11-2012 03:25 AM

Great pics. Thanks.

Blaque47x 04-15-2012 02:57 AM

Xenon headlamp replacement
Hi There,

I appreciate the response and am very happy it was found to be helpful..Luv the site and
contribute every chance I get..


DASHZNIT 04-26-2012 04:57 AM

Thank you!! Just what I was looking for.

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Bigrob52 04-27-2012 08:00 PM

Thanks for the heads up!!!!!!!!!!

Blaque47x 05-04-2012 07:34 AM

No problem,glad it could help!!

j_luisito 09-11-2012 01:47 PM


Great pics, thanks. Which bulb did you end up buying (type and brand)?
I need to know which type is the closest one to the one the car came with from manufacturer.

Jose Luis

Blaque47x 09-15-2012 11:58 PM



theghoul 10-13-2012 11:33 AM

Hey, just want to say thanks for this. Almost got raped at the dealer for $750 for R&I for 2 bulbs.

Blaque47x 10-15-2012 12:31 AM

No problem....had same dealer issue..
Good luck!!

CJ645Bern 12-03-2012 07:49 AM

i thought you had to remove the bumper? or is that for certain years?

Blaque47x 12-03-2012 11:22 AM


I don't know about that,however I would not think that would be necessary for any year!

AB 12-06-2012 01:28 PM

Great thread, thanks! I am unfortunately in the need to replace my driver side xenon as it is turning pink.

What I don't understand is what you are saying about the removal of the front wheel, depending on which bulb you are replacing. Can you clarify this a little bit please? Also, approximately how long did it take you to do this?

Thanks again!

Blaque47x 12-06-2012 10:00 PM

Hi There,

If the side marker bulb needs replacement,because of its angle, you may want to remove the tire to give you more area to work in..Speaking for myself, if it happens again,
I will definitely remove tire..
Now as far as time, I would say give your self about 2 hrs, depending on how nimble
or fat your fingers are..
My hand is big, so I had rough go at it...


Cricket 11-22-2013 10:41 AM

Nice photos. Thanks. Are there some written instructions to go along with the photos? For example, I have removed the flap, the sealed cover, and the ballast, but it is unclear how to removed the plastic locking ring and hence the bulb? More detailed guidance would be appreciated.



2007 650i convertible.

Vlad Dracul 11-30-2013 03:01 PM

xenon headlamp replacement

Cricket 11-30-2013 03:18 PM

I am not sure if this applies the 645 but it worked like a charm for my 2007 650i. I did not need to take out the wheel as there was sufficient space for my little hands. There was a little trial and error in terms of which way to turn the parts but everything went back together just fine. Total cost $65 for the bulb from Amazon. Total time: About 20 minutes. This made the $440 estimate from the BMW dealership all the more ridiculous.

2007 650i

Bigrob52 11-30-2013 06:49 PM

It also worked on my 05 645CI just took a little longer but did not have to take off the wheel or anything it works great now.

shan904 04-01-2014 06:23 AM

Thanks for the pics they were very helpful! I changed out my driver's side headlight last night but it still isn't working and in the process my halos went out on the driver's side (they were working fine before). Any idea what could be wrong?

Vlad Dracul 06-12-2014 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by shan904 (Post 8248793)
Thanks for the pics they were very helpful! I changed out my driver's side headlight last night but it still isn't working and in the process my halos went out on the driver's side (they were working fine before). Any idea what could be wrong?

You get this figured out?

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oRIDDLERo 06-13-2014 06:50 AM

Thanks =]

karlanttila 06-16-2014 12:36 PM

Autozone sold me Sylvania HID OEM that turned out to be exactly the Osram OEM bulb that came with the car. $99/bulb. Made in Germany, the exact part #, the whole deal!

Eval6series 06-23-2014 10:27 PM

This makes me want to try to do my own headlight swap.

The dealer I got the car from got me replacement bulb but I don't know the brand or temperate of them

Eval6series 06-23-2014 10:30 PM

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