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Old 11-21-2012, 06:30 AM
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My lenses were pretty cloudy, so I tried polishing them with a 3M kit. That worked well, and they looked ok for about a year, then the lenses clouded even worse than before. I took the plunge and replaced both using new Hella lights I found on eBay. Had to transfer the ballasts over to the new housings and I used new D2S bulbs. Couldn't be happier and I can see again.

I think the left was $165 for the bare housing, the right was about $200 (included a working ballast).
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My lenses were pretty cloudy, so I tried polishing them with a 3M kit. That worked well, and they looked ok for about a year, then the lenses clouded even worse than before. I took the plunge and replaced both using new Hella lights I found on eBay. Had to transfer the ballasts over to the new housings and I used new D2S bulbs. Couldn't be happier and I can see again.

I think the left was $165 for the bare housing, the right was about $200 (included a working ballast).
It's ridiculous what these cost. My friend has a 2000 Grand Cherokee and to replace both headlight lens assemblies cost $100.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:52 PM
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It's ridiculous what these cost. My friend has a 2000 Grand Cherokee and to replace both headlight lens assemblies cost $100.
Unfortunately the E53 doesn't have replaceable lenses; the only thing available is the entire housing. OEM Bosch lenses for my E46 are about $50ea.
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Unfortunately the E53 doesn't have replaceable lenses; the only thing available is the entire housing. OEM Bosch lenses for my E46 are about $50ea.
I guess I wasn't very clear. She replaced the entire light assemblies.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:26 PM
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Unfortunately the E53 doesn't have replaceable lenses; the only thing available is the entire housing. OEM Bosch lenses for my E46 are about $50ea.
There's a company FK that makes the lenses for the E39. Waiting patiently for the
E53's. I'm doing the annual 3M polishing which gets old very quickly.
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