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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 12-03-2007, 01:47 PM
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HID xenon upgrade for e39 528i

Hi all
Has anyone managed to upgrade their factory halogens to xenon hid. Does it require the headlights to be replaced or just a HID kit is fine. I tried a couple of HID kits from ebay but they gave headlight error on the dashboard. So I removed them. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:08 PM
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You need to get some projectors. So you dont blind other drivers.

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:35 PM
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Projectors are a must.

I went from stock halogens to non-AE stock Xenon. Simple switch, but if the lights are turned off it will tell you that a bulb is out, simply turn them on and the error message goes away.

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:38 PM
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you must buy resistors when you do this, or disconnect the sensor. Or, buy OEM's.
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:29 PM
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get the bimmian hid kit from beastpower.com...

i got 8000k ones...and there is No error message
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:47 PM
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i got mine from jleviwerks. they came out to 800 but were the thing that set off my car. they were clear corner with 6000 bulb xenon with xenon angel eyes and never had a problem installing or any problems after that. and if u can see them they are the ones on my sig

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:10 PM
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I think my headlight does have a projector but it one of old style type. It has a flat lens around the projector. I have attached a pic from Internet for reference. Is this ok or I need to replace the headlights.

On a side note I am able to get proper advice from real bmw enthusiasts not some standard mechanic down the road.

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:37 PM
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if that is what your lights look like, you already have xenons.
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