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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-10-2011, 12:40 PM
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As mentioned a few posts up, I reconditioned my headlights with the 3M kit. In sum, the 3M kit is totally awesome - SOOOOO much more effective than the Meguiar's Plastx I tried when I bought the car. If your headlights are hazed up, you really need a multi-step system. My only gripe with the 3M kit is that the finest grit paste isn't quite fine enough for my taste. So after I finished with the 3M kit, I then used the Meguiar's Plastx I had laying around (which I used after the last photos in this series), which really polished them out perfectly.

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^I polished them again with Meguiar's Plastx after the last three photos were taken for even more luster. They look brand spanking new.
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:55 PM
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Wow! Those came out very nice, Karl. Do you have any pictures of the whole front end after the job?
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:13 PM
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I'm super happy with the results. Worth every penny of the $20 I paid, and then some. I was running out of time to take real photos of the entire front end (daylight was waning and the ladyfriend wanted to get dinner...), but I'll take some photos either tonight after work or over the weekend.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:08 PM
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Here's a photo I took tonight showing the whole front. I couldn't really find an angle that didn't produce glare on the headlight lenses though...

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Old 06-10-2011, 08:15 PM
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Damn, they really look as good as euro spec
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:21 PM
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:39 PM
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Karl, you aren't planning on getting glass lenses with HIDs?
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:47 PM
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Karl, you aren't planning on getting glass lenses with HIDs?
I go back and forth all the time. Ultimately, I think the HIDs look a bit better and have better light output, but they don't look that much better, and it seems they only last a few years before the ballast or something else breaks on them. And there's always the bulb out warnings and/or reluctance to ignite issues that people sometimes experience (supposedly).

I figure the OEM US-spec lights with PIAA Intense White bulbs is a lightweight, compact, and dead reliable alternative to DDM and/or Umnitza HIDs. I may change my mind eventually, but for the time being, I'm happy with my current lights. I'm a stickler for simplicity...
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:50 PM
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I'd keep yours until you have some extra money you don't know what to do with. I love having glass lenses and much brighter/modern looking lights.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:55 PM
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Yeah, that's pretty much the plan. I have some extra loot right now, but it's either going toward wheels or new computer (and I'm thinking the computer might win). I'm also reluctant to buy something like HIDs from DDM at this point, since people commonly have to file warranty claims on them, and I'm not sure how much longer DDM is going to be around. I'm thinking they may go belly-up before too long, and then the lifetime warranty is going to be rendered useless. Best to just wait for a while and buy from whoever fills DDM's shoes after they're gone.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:07 PM
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I've been real happy with my setup from DDM. And if the bulbs or ballasts blow, they're not too expensive to replace at all. I'm not sure if anyone will take DDMs spot?
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I would like to find glass lenses that fit the US spec bodies. I with you Karl, OEM is good enough, I would just love to have glass lenses.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:46 AM
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:48 AM
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I've been real happy with my setup from DDM. And if the bulbs or ballasts blow, they're not too expensive to replace at all. I'm not sure if anyone will take DDMs spot?
Dont throw up when I say this but.....Ebay

I bought a HID kit from there and it was like $50 and replacement bulbs are $14 iirc
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:27 AM
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I bought HIDs for my fog lights and for my bike on ebay. They've been perfect except when I washed my bike, the low beam stopped working. I blew it out with air really well, drove home, and unplugged it, tested the connection, and plugged it back in. Then it started working....?
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:31 AM
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DDM's HID's are so much less expensive than everywhere else... It's worth it, just buy an extra ballast.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:30 PM
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