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Old 12-21-2010, 10:55 AM
Swaine Swaine is offline
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Red face 01 740iL - Headlight bulb replacement


I just declined paying a mechanice shop $150 to change the passenger side headlight bulb. Can someone assist me in this process? What should I watch for? How hard is it?

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Old 12-21-2010, 11:41 AM
Miss_BimmerLV Miss_BimmerLV is offline
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Yikes...$150 for a flippin bulb change.

Just go to a parts shop or some ONLINE place that sells REALLY good replacment bulbs for your 01' 740iL and change it yourself. Will take ya all of 15 mins. ( Keep in mind if you have XENON or Non-Xenon headlamps..Thats makes a diff I hear..hehehe )

740's & Shorties ( No iL )

95-98 = H1 Bulb
99 Non Xenon, non projector = H7 ( You can get REALLY great SUPER/ULTRA white damn near xenon Versions of this bulb, check it out )
99-01 Factory Xenon = D2S

Upgrade the other bulbs whilst your at it..so there for if and when they go out, they will go out together.

Just remember to buy bulbs for the "HIGH" beam AND the "LOW" beam. They will run you like $40 a pair I think...but WAAYYY better than $150!!!!

And when you get your new bulbs.....hit up E38.org for getting everything together...Hope this helps.



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Old 12-21-2010, 12:41 PM
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M.Wong M.Wong is offline
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An 01 should have Xenon bulbs, which will be more expensive to purchase. However, take a look at this:

Xenon headlight change
E38 2000 740iL Orient Blue
E91 2012 328xiT Alpine White

Passed on to new families:
E30 1987 325i Royal Blue
E39 2003 540i/6 Sterling Gray
R56 2010 Mini Cooper S British Racing Green

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