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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 04-22-2014, 09:02 AM
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Xenon bulb/ballast replacement

Can someone provide a good source for purchase of replacement ballast and bulb for my 2003 E39. Is this something that I can replace myself once I have the partss?

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Old 04-22-2014, 09:17 AM
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Are the headlights a factory-installed item, or aftermarket? If the former, I suggest Hella parts only.

S/b a relatively easy job for the mechanically adept. Take a good look at the assembly. There's not a lot of room to work. Only you can decide.

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Old 04-22-2014, 08:43 PM
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The parts should be listed here:
- How to cross reference all light bulbs for any BMW E39 including for the headlights, stoplights, backup, blinkers, dome, vanity, side markers, licplate, parking, fog, trunk/boot, glovebox, etc. (1)

If not, we should add what you need so that the next person has what's needed.
Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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