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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 12-16-2009, 04:02 PM
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Whats wrong with the DDM DEPO lights?

I did alot of research on which lights to get and i found out that the umnitza depos have issues with cracking on the inside of the lens, so that turned me towards DDM and they have two choices the Depo p39 and the Dj autos..
from the pictures i REALLY like the p39 the Dj autos look so dull vs the p39 that is from the looks of the pictures they have up...i looked through the threads and the MAJORITY of you guys are for the DJ autos and i dont understand why when the p39 look so much better...
so please all iam asking is for you to tell me WHY ONE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER..bc to me the p39 look much better than the Dj autos , so i know this question has been asked ALOT and all i want is a simple answer WHICH Are better and WHY....nd dont respond get the Hella E39 OE Headlights bc thats not the question and not all of us have 1000 bucks to spare ..I'll appreciate any information you guys give me thankx
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:07 PM
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P39 have weird projector housings, looks kinda odd to me. My opinion, of course. I'm getting Hella OEs if I ever get to that pay grade.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:20 PM
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....nd dont respond get the Hella E39 OE Headlights bc thats not the question and not all of us have 1000 bucks to spare ..I'll appreciate any information you guys give me thankx

Get a used set...should be $300-$500. Just my .02.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:24 PM
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People like the DJ autos because they look more OEM like. Plus they are more uniform. The p39's are ugly...they have one solid piece ofplastic with the two holes for the low and high beam with the angel eye in front of it...where the DJ autos are more blended together. Not sure if that makes sense or not... I have the depos BTW. I got those before i knew i could have gotten the dj autos..or else i would have gotten the dj atuos.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:04 PM
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I dont know to me honestly the p39 do not look ugly ...maybe cuz i have not seen any close up pics on the car..also with the Dj autos the angel eyes cant be upgraded, but the the p39 the ultra HDs look really good.. IF anyone has pic of either or plz post
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:07 PM
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IF anyone has pic of either or plz post

Google =


http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1224874

http://www.umnitza.com/gallery/e39proj/p39?full=1
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:08 PM
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I would look for a used set of Hella OEM angels and clean them up. That's just me though. To each his own. Lighting is very important. Visibility is paramount to safety, so I would not use any aftermarket head light at all.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:17 PM
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Google it HUH never thought of that one haha... thankx on the links ..do you have one of the ddm depos though not the umnitza once.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:19 PM
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or are they very similar ?
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depos look weird as hell. i have seen depos up front, and they aren't so great. To be quite honest, Depos look as if they were from ebay. Check out my DjAutos.....


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Old 12-16-2009, 06:38 PM
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Whats so weird about this ....those look pretty amazing to me

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:44 PM
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Google it HUH never thought of that one haha... thankx on the links ..do you have one of the ddm depos though not the umnitza once.

Yeah google, you know the search engine. If you know how to use it why are you still asking for a pic of the ddm depos???


http://lmgtfy.com/?q=e39+ddm+depos : click on the 5th link.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:21 AM
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hmm maybe bc i thought thats what a forum was for ..asking a question and having people help you out..and come on now if you look up top the very first thing i said was i did alot of research i just wanted your guys input on why..nd the pics are just to see how they look on diffrent color e39s... thanks anyways
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:37 AM
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the bezel of the p39s are what a lot of people do not like about them. Everything is very chromy
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:31 AM
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forget it, whats the point....
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:18 AM
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depos look weird as hell. i have seen depos up front, and they aren't so great. To be quite honest, Depos look as if they were from ebay. Check out my DjAutos.....


Hey Rob i like those rims i was wondering how much they run for if u dont mind the questions nice ride also?
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:06 PM
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Tx on the info also the guys on the m5 board HELPED alot with why one is better than the other and they were pretty cool about it unlike some smart assz on here who thinks its too hard to help out..you know who you are..but yeah i made my choice with whatt ill do i only wish they had HID angel eyes for the Dj autos...Anyways thankx 4 the info
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:12 PM
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just curious, on a '97 with the DJ Auto's do I need to buy anything besides the BOW-3?
i.e. DDM also has a HID ACCESSORY WIRING HARNESS, I didn't think I'd need this or anything else besides the BOW-3 but wanted to be sure before pulling the trigger.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:00 PM
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Stock eyes for these? How are they so white? Look very good!
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Whats so weird about this ....those look pretty amazing to me

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Old 12-17-2009, 03:34 PM
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I've had both hella and depo, and the fit/finish/quality of hella is 1000x better than anything made in taiwan.
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I've had both hella and depo, and the fit/finish/quality of hella is 1000x better than anything made in taiwan.
And there's the reason we all have to go around opening up the OEM's to replace the dodgy plastic adjusters
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:50 PM
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Stock eyes for these? How are they so white? Look very good!
They are the Ultra Hd angel eyes that you can get with the depos
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:28 PM
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I really like the DEPO E39 headlights that we've got. We've sold them to quite a bit of E39s that are out on the streets today and I've heard nothing but good things about them. If you want to check them out on the website, feel free to click the link below:


DEPO - e39 Projector Headlamp Set
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...oducts_id=1571

Specifications:

- Priced as a set (pair)
- SAE/DOT Approved
- Black housings
- Enjoy better visibility and greater light output immediately after installation
- Significant improvement in overall appearance of vehicle after installation
- Easy headlight adjustment
- More than 2X the light output when compared to standard US headlights

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a PM
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:11 PM
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Yeah thankx but i think ill go with DDM u guys want 700+ for the same set up ddm sells for 400
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:06 PM
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depos look weird as hell. i have seen depos up front, and they aren't so great. To be quite honest, Depos look as if they were from ebay. Check out my DjAutos.....


Rob,

Can you link me to the exact set you have? I have a 00 528i and I'd like to hear the process behind installing those and the purchase.

Thanks! They look amazing!
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