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Old 10-30-2009, 02:52 AM
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X-5 front right turn signal bulb change?

How do I change the front turn signal bulbs in my 2001 X-5?
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:34 AM
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this puzeled me for a while as well you need to remove the whole headlight unit to get into the blub, theres 4 bolts 2on the top of the light unit and 2 at the bottom then it just slips out becarefull of the small plastic trim under the light though.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:53 PM
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I replaced my turn signal lights both sides and then left side again and then noticed the bulb was good, but the socket was faulty from corrosion. My X5 is a 2001 3.0 and the plastic light covers were yellowing and scratched. So I opted to buy a set of aftermarket headlamps for $138 plus $40 for shipping instead of $100 for 2 turn signal sockets. The car looks a lot better.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:19 AM
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i went by this
http://rides.webshots.com/album/557411419zQyCpU
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:24 PM
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fowdog89's link is pretty legit.it helped me.just in case your confused by the screws you will see that when you pop the hood open the are two screws. They are the only ones that a visible on sight that are 8 mm i believe. There are two screws of the same sized after that. if you look at the space where you can see the wires that go to the headlights in the area you will see two more 8mm screws.you might need an extending socket wrench to get it(i personally used this special screw driver that has an attachment for sockets. It would also be a good idea to carefully take those screws out because the could fall deeper into the engine compartment and get caught on something.This happened to me but i was able to get it out with an extending magnet.)Anyways after you get those two, slide the whole headlight component towards you.you will be able to disconnect the turn signal no problem. Dont pull on the wire for it or you could damage it.The sockets the wire is attached to twists.Twist it as far as it goes(you would want to twist it in the direction that points away from the driver side of the car) and then it should come out no problem
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:28 PM
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I made an error on my post.On the twisting part it depends on what side of the car your on but you should be able to figure out. I just changed the bulb today and i have the american version of the x5 so the drivers side is on the left side
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:11 PM
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just wait until the low beam bulbs need to be replaced, especially the left side...don't lose those screws. the dealer will charge you 385 a pop. after i got the quote from the SA, i was transformed into a DIY grease monkey.
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:22 PM
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i don't think its that bad. However i did drop a screw once but i got it back with an extending magnet=]
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:22 AM
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i don't think its that bad. However i did drop a screw once but i got it back with an extending magnet=]
aimtimes100, I recently re-replaced both L and R low beam bulbs. The left was done successfully, but the right side isn't cooperating. I could insert the bulb but can't get the metal attachment on to lock. Without the bulb, the metal attachment goes in and can be secured smoothly. I'm sure the bulb was inserted properly; hence, the two notches on the bulb as guide. Suggestions???
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:18 PM
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Thanks for the directions. I saved myself $160 and only broke one tab and lost two screws in the process
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:05 AM
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this puzeled me for a while as well you need to remove the whole headlight unit to get into the blub, theres 4 bolts 2on the top of the light unit and 2 at the bottom then it just slips out becarefull of the small plastic trim under the light though.
How do you remove the small plastic trim under the light?
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:13 AM
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Youtube is your friend when it comes to fixing your X.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=...o&feature=fvwp



Before pulling the headlight out, place some Blue Painter tape on the bumper so that you don't scratch the bumper while you are removing the headlamp assembly.

If the video is helpful, "like" the video so that the video poster will get credit for the video.

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Old 03-21-2013, 08:39 AM
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+1 on the painters tape.

I also tape the screwheads to the socket before attempting to replace them, the bottom ones anyway.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:02 PM
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This only works for 200-2004 PRE LCI X5

Anyone know how to change the bulb in an LCI X5, the 2004-2006 without the filler panel below the headlight? Dealer says its a 90 minute job and requires removal of the bumper cover... Its true... im just looking for a way around this!

Please dont resend the link for a 2000-2003 model with the removable filler panel
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:53 PM
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Someone just started a thread with the same topic on Sunday (8/24/14) and I gave them a search phrase to type into a google search box...which should put a link to a headlamp replacement DIY written for the facelift e53 models on Xoutpost near the very top.

Here's a direct link to my reply with the search phrase to type: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...55&postcount=2

If you are only changing the turn signal bulb...you may be able to get to it by just removing some stuff behind the HL assembly (like the 3 bolts that holds the bracket that secures the PS & Coolant reservoirs on the driver's side ) & sliding the HL assembly forward...but again the HL washers are going to stop the HL assembly from coming totally out...only removing the bumper will allow full removal of the HL assembly.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:06 AM
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Shweet!

Awesome! Finally someone knows the difference!!! Thank you THANK YOU!!
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