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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:01 AM
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Headlight, Xenon bulb replacement

Just replaced a burned out headlight xenon bulb.
BMW wanted almost $400 to replace it ($240 for part, plus $130 for an hour of labor, plus tax).

Instead I went for Option B and bought the bulb for $40 on ebay. The oem bulb is an Osram D1S with 4150k brightness.

I bought a DOT stamped Philips XenStart D1S Xenon from
oemxenonparts, 4300k, and it matches perfectly with the Osram. No need to replace both.

Installation required removing 2 top screws and 2 at the bottom, you need an extension to reach down. The headlight unit then slides forward and you wriggle it loose and tilt out of the cavity. A plastic cover on the back drops down to expose the bulb. turn it 1/4 turn and remove. Unplug the wire, take off the neckless type bracket, like a collar, and clip onto new bulb. Install.
Whole procedure took 20-30 minutes but this was a first time experience and I was figuring it out on the fly.
The 2 lower screws are tricky to refasten. You need an 8mm socket with magnet at bottom to hold the screw, or a nut driver with long shaft, 6 inches or so. I stuffed a little duct tape inside to make it sticky. Did the job.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:37 AM
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Oceans, just wanted to know why you did not go with 6000K which is safe and many people have been using it already..
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:40 AM
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I wanted to color match it to the stock bulb. Only replaced one, not the pair.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:45 AM
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Got it.. Cool..

How long did your first bulb stay?
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Hey I just PM'd you back, sorry for the lag. Glad to see you go it figured out. Those damn bottom screws can be a pain if they drop into the bumper which I've done before.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:03 AM
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+1 on that!

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:14 PM
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For future reference, just loosen the bottom bolts as the brackets on my 2007 530i are slotted, hence bottom bolts did not need to be removed. Also, top bolts use a #30 torx while bottom bolts use a #20 torx.
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