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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 07-21-2014, 07:49 PM
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Fancy led tail lights for trade

I bought a used 540 that came with some fancy led tail lights. Not my style so I'm looking to trade for a set of OE tails. Pm for details. They are pretty fancy, just not my cup of tea.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:17 PM
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Doubt they are anybody's cup of tea. Those things are hideous.

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Old 07-21-2014, 08:24 PM
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Lol, thanks Matt
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:32 PM
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The more I look at them the less I want them I don't think they really match the direction I'm trying to take my car.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:37 PM
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Dam, if you would have posted this last week. I just threw away a good condition oem set that I had been kicking around the garage for the last year. I replaced mine with led smoke. I do have a euro style set that I was going to replace with smoked leds but I'll be out of town for the next two weeks so if no taker on those hideous leds I 'll trade even though I am not going to install those on my car when I get back. The ones I have look like matt540's.but I believe mine are depo.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:37 PM
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looks like half of Mike's exhaust lol
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:26 AM
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:41 AM
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post it in the classifieds and see if you get any bites
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:26 AM
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tell us how you really feel
HA!

Well, I'm one of those corn-nuts who buys Ebay special Chinese aftermarket stuff (and sends it back if it doesn't fit) because I can't see spending thousands of dollars on cosmetic improvements to my E39 when it's only worth about $4k. But I would rather suck-start a Glock than put the nonsense in that picture on my car. Not even on my half-dismantled and parted out shell of a 97 528i.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:36 AM
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HA!

Well, I'm one of those corn-nuts who buys Ebay special Chinese aftermarket stuff (and sends it back if it doesn't fit) because I can't see spending thousands of dollars on cosmetic improvements to my E39 when it's only worth about $4k. But I would rather suck-start a Glock than put the nonsense in that picture on my car. Not even on my half-dismantled and parted out shell of a 97 528i.
couldnt agree more.
I am converting all my lights to clear and am ordering my tail lights next week along with a small list of odds and ends I need to finish the audio system. However, the ricer/JDM look of chrome lights just doesn't fit the style and subtlety of the car. The car has an understated look to it and I want to keep it as stock looking as possible.
I don't even think I will put LEDs on the back lights.
As my auto mech teacher at Vo-Tech said, "Stock is C0ck!"
while I don't agree completely with him, some things just look better with a stock look.
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I have a set of prefacelift tails that are sitting in my garage, if you are interested.

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Yes they're ugly... Thought I would give it a shot. They will more than likely end up in the garbage. Previous owner was a bit of a tool... Luckily he didn't mess with any of the electronics. Thanks for all the positive vibes bros
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:12 PM
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I'm all about the stock look. May swap out the headlights thoughts...still debating

As mentioned car is worth $4k so it is low on my list

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:18 PM
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looks like half of Mike's exhaust lol
Hey now! Let's keep it above the belt!! That exhaust is dinan, a little dented but it sounds mean
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speaking of exhaust.. anyone here remove the stock muffler on the I6 models? I want more sound from the exhaust but I don't want a honda sounding fart can either.
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If you buy any aftermarket lights-get the ddm tuning (eurodyne) led set. Ive had this set for 4yrs and they still look great, or save for the genuine hella set. Oh, and go behind the shed and put that other set out of its misery--please!


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wow, those look great! Maybe the best option here is to dismantle the current ricer tails with my 12 gauge and pick up a set of those...
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I perfer the smoke leds the only down side is I had to get a led brake bulb and turn bulbs for everything to match. Also pick up the chromed smoked led side markers. All of which I'll be doing again on my other 528i.
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wow, those look great! Maybe the best option here is to dismantle the current ricer tails with my 12 gauge and pick up a set of those...
Or you could take them off and strap them to this

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Mine actually are smoked-its hard to tell in the daylight. I changed the turn signal bulbs to chrome solarus bulbs to get rid of the egg effect. Dmm tuning sells them for $155 in clear and smoked.

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Those cheap ugly ricer lights need to meet my mossberg 500-00 buck.

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Bringing this thread back from the dead.

Doing research on lighting for our e39's (Headlights and Tail Lights), DDM Tuning seems to have some nice cost savings with their aftermarket model:

$155 For LED Tail Lights

$285 for Angel Eyes Headlights

Compared to the OE parts:

$600 for OE LED Tail Lights

$1,269 OE Headlights

Can anyone shed some light on what the value will be with spending ~$2K for OE Head and Tail Lights, vs. spending ~$450 for an aftermarket pair by DDM Tuning?

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