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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 12-20-2009, 07:53 PM
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Anyone in here talking about how great hella's are must be smoking crack. If they were so great you wouldn't see threads on peeps looking to replace their headlights every other day. Mine are shot and look like $hit and I wouldn't pay a dime for another set of hella's.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:28 AM
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I personally love my hella's and am glad i didn't jump on the first used set or go for the taiwans... especially at the price I paid for them. I got them at a steal even when compared to other's depo or dj autos.
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That is a decent price. however they are significantly more for 2001+ with HID's. Hopefully your adjusters will last more than a few years before going brittle and disintegrating.
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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.

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Old 12-22-2009, 10:48 AM
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DEPO has had and continues to have problems with the plexiglass cracking between the outer and inner layers of plastic.
Stay away from them.

If you want a good alternative - there are only 2.
Projector39 Hella-Type - a DJ Auto light that we modify to include Orion v2 and one that comes with HIDs that dont' cause errors.
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Hella OE Xenon - $1019.

There was a good breakdown of the values on m5board if you want to look there.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:39 PM
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DEPO has had and continues to have problems with the plexiglass cracking between the outer and inner layers of plastic.
Stay away from them.

If you want a good alternative - there are only 2.
Projector39 Hella-Type - a DJ Auto light that we modify to include Orion v2 and one that comes with HIDs that dont' cause errors.
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Hella OE Xenon - $1019.

There was a good breakdown of the values on m5board if you want to look there.
There has to be a plcae where they sell hella's for a cheaper price, anyone selling used ones?
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:52 PM
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There has to be a plcae where they sell hella's for a cheaper price, anyone selling used ones?
try the classifieds, ebay or craigslist. Maybe even a salvage yard?
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That is a decent price. however they are significantly more for 2001+ with HID's. Hopefully your adjusters will last more than a few years before going brittle and disintegrating.
yeah you are right HID's are more pricey. I have '01 w/o HIDs. I could have purchased '02+ HID's for $450. it was just not the look I wanted. I like having the amber indicators.

i believe the difference between the '01 & '02+ are the indicators & reflectors.
I may be completely wrong.
hopefully someone can chime in and correct or verify this
'01 has amber indicators & reflectors


'02+ have white indicatorsw/ amber bulb and amber reflectors.


euros have amber or white indicators & clear reflectors:


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There has to be a plcae where they sell hella's for a cheaper price, anyone selling used ones?
There is a place in la habra called bavarian exclusive. They are registered hella distributors; they may be able to get you a decent price.
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I personally love my hella's and am glad i didn't jump on the first used set or go for the taiwans... especially at the price I paid for them. I got them at a steal even when compared to other's depo or dj autos.
So wher did you end up getting your headlights if you dont mind i ask or where do you recommed i look for them.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:32 PM
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I think after hearing all this I'm just going to stick to my oem headlighst and get them polished.
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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
what do you mean 400? it's 245
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:52 PM
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Can you share your specific selections though? What HID color and manufacturer did you select?
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:21 AM
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yeah 245 plus the ultra HD angel eyes and 55w 6k kit all adds up to 400 + shipping...im thinking about these umnitza Projector39 Hella-Types that come with the Orion v2 angel eyes ???? ANYONE have some input on that set up ???
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yeah 245 plus the ultra HD angel eyes and 55w 6k kit all adds up to 400 + shipping...im thinking about these umnitza Projector39 Hella-Types that come with the Orion v2 angel eyes ???? ANYONE have some input on that set up ???
difference between Orion V2 and the other rings sold in other headlights:


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So wher did you end up getting your headlights if you dont mind i ask or where do you recommed i look for them.
from bavarian exclusive in la habra. last time i checked there website; they didn't have them listed. if you give them a call they may have some in or possibly order them.
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