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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 AM
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New guy needs help with a headlight problem.

Hey every one. I have an 01 BMW that I just bought. And I need new headlight so I can pass a lamp inspection. Lol, to my surprise each headlight is about 700 for aftermarket ones. I was wondering if:

A.. I can borrow some ones for about an hour.

Or b.. Any one can point me to the right direction of headlights for really cheap.

Or even c.. Is there a retrofit to put halogen headlights on and take out the factory hid.

I have the factory hid headlights with amber turn signal is that means anything. Thanks everyone for your help!!

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:22 AM
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:51 AM
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I like the idea of the borrowed headlight - but - for a real solution - I would suggest a repair.

The stock BMW headlights were pretty good at the factory - but like many things BMW - they deteriorate at an alarming rate - due to the materials used.

If I assume your headlight is working - but not aimed properly ... I suggest:
a) Polish the headlight lens (optional)
b) Replace the broken PBT plastic adjuster (mandatory)

To get you started, I typed /headlight F3 in the besltinks which came up with this, among others:
- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & polishing yellowed taillights (1) & replacing the lens in toto (1) and all known options for replacing broken E39 late-model headlight adjusters (1)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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