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Old 10-01-2013, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Scott ZHP View Post
If you have an E53, you should be able to change the ballast by removing the complete headlight assembly. The bumper doesn't need to be removed, but the trim piece under the headlight does...
The facelift E53 (2004-2006) doesn't have a removable trim piece below the headlight. Which makes this DIY a little more complicated. If you don't have the headlamp may be able to finagle the headlamp assembly out...but I believe most 04-06 owners usually remove the bumper due to the slight change in how the front bumper, front fenders, and headlamp assemblies are designed and fit together.

(2004-2006) e53 X5 (note front bumper/fender/& no removable trim piece below headlight)


pre-facelift (2000-2003) e53 X5 (note front bumper/fender/trim piece below headlamp)

Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

Last edited by QSilver7; 10-02-2013 at 08:15 AM.
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