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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 12-06-2006, 08:39 PM
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How to Remove Headlight Cover on 1999 E39 528i

Hi all,

I have a 1999 E39 BMW 528i Sport.

I need to remove the clear plastic headlight covers so that I can use this polishing kit I bought to bring back the original clear-look to these lenses.

Anyone know detailed steps on how to remove and then replace these?

I don't have the manual for the car.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-06-2006, 08:44 PM
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:28 PM
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ok, i was lazy..here's a link http://www.bmwdiy.info
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:54 PM
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Thanks for the link.

However, it instructs how to take out the headlight assembly and seperate two pieces.....but Not how to take off the clear lens cover covering the headlights and cornering light.

That's what I really need.

Thanks MUCH though.
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:17 AM
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First you follow the instructions to completely remove the entire assembly (as suggested).

Once out, it will be obvious.
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:48 AM
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@---> Tscales,

I did follow the instructions....did take it completely out, but it was Definately Not obvious how to take the clear lens part off.

Tried and tried....when it appeared I might break something, I put it all back together and back on the car.

Still need to know how to get the clear ( outer ) lens off to polish it.

thanks.

p.s. Nice M-3 by the way!!
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:53 AM
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That's weird. Maybe the Xenons are different, but there are just four tabs that hold it on.

Check out this diagram at realoem:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...09&hg=63&fg=05

On item number 1, you'll see the top two tabs. There are two more on the bottom. You just lift them up and off the part to which they are attached.
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@---> tscales,

I don't have the "XENON" headlamps.

Even in the diagram at the link you gave, it does Not show the actual front clear lens
separated from the rest of the assembly.

In the image below, I've outlined in Red the lens I'm speaking of:



Maybe this will help clear things up.

Thanks.
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I understand now. I'm not sure those parts really come apart. You can't work on it with it still assembled?
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:20 AM
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@---> tscales,

I also Did try to do it with it still assembled, but could Not get to the backside of the clear lens (obviously) to polish it.

I still am quite puzzled as to why there would be rough scouring and haze BEHIND the lens....it's all enclosed and away
from road hazards.

Strange.
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@---> tscales,

I also Did try to do it with it still assembled, but could Not get to the backside of the clear lens (obviously) to polish it.

I still am quite puzzled as to why there would be rough scouring and haze BEHIND the lens....it's all enclosed and away
from road hazards.

Strange.
The exterior lens is the same for HID and halogen. It's probably dirt that collected onto moisture inside the lens. If it is actually rough, the PO may have had lights that were too hot, but its rare that the plastic would melt.

The only way to separate the pieces is to heat up the glue holding them together with a heat gun.

You can buy new lens covers off of ebay for ~$100. I sold mine to a board member about four years ago.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:19 AM
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@---> propellerhead,

Any idea where I can get new XENON headlights with Angeleyes?

All I've been able to find on eBay is just the Angeleye rings OR "projector" headlights which look stupid to me.

I'm also seeking the clear side-marker lights to replace the amber.

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Where are you at in Oregon? I have a set of clear side markers I'll give you for cheap. $10 I bought them and then decided to leave my ambers all the way around. PM me if you like.

For the some decent angel eyes, Try www.bekkers.com
Also click on the sponsers link in the banner of this forum and there are some other good companies that sell lighting.
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Where are you at in Oregon? I have a set of clear side markers I'll give you for cheap. $10 I bought them and then decided to leave my ambers all the way around. PM me if you like.

For the some decent angel eyes, Try www.bekkers.com
Also click on the sponsers link in the banner of this forum and there are some other good companies that sell lighting.
528- This is the deal of the century if they're not broken. Your problem solved plus you get to meet a fellow bimmerfest member. What could be better!
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:48 AM
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528- This is the deal of the century if they're not broken. Your problem solved plus you get to meet a fellow bimmerfest member. What could be better!
yes indeed, what's it gonna take to put you into these sidemarker lights today?? Just kidding.. They are still new in box.
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:58 PM
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Well, a few things (Actually 1 major thing) has changed since yesterday.

I traded-in that silver 528i and today I drove home my new Black on Black 540i Sport!!!!

It's fast, and sharp, and now the headlight covers are super clear on this one too!!

But I still might be interested in those clear turn signal lenses.....that's what they were right?.....not just the side markers?

I'll post a pic of my new Black Beauty probably tomorrow......

......oh yeah, I guess now I have to change my signature picture as well!!

Anyway......happy days are here again!

p.s. To answer an earlier question.......I live in Faiview, Oregon (Right next to Gresham)...3 miles from the
Portland border.

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Congrats on the 540. Sounds nice!

It was the side marker lights only. and i honestly don't care either way. I paid about 30 for them. Clears all around are gonna set you back more than $10.

P.S. I know Fairview quite well, out in that area all the time for work.
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