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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 11-09-2011, 06:02 PM
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headlight lens

I just picked up an 2002 530I I did not think it was too big of
a deal so I figured I could easily find replacement lens apparently
I was wrong.

I have the drivers side that is cracked and looks bad, However the light
works fine....
I want to replace just the lens is this not possible? does anyone have
a source? thanks much...
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:25 AM
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Nope, not possible. The headlamp is a complete unit. Lens replacement is not possible. I suggest you start looking in junkyards or Craigslist for a used headlamp. A new one is about $500.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:35 AM
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BMW doesn't sell 'just' the lens; but ... there are threads where people replaced 'just' the lens off of Ebay:

Here's what a quick 'lens' got me in the bestlinks ...

- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & polishing yellowed taillights (1) & replacing just the headlight lens (1) and all known options for replacing broken E39 late-model headlight adjusters (1)

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Old 11-10-2011, 04:37 PM
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hey thanks... I will post what happens. any other idea's??
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:22 AM
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Get DEPO replacements and be able to see at night. Two for about $250. Tried the BAVAUTO polishing kit $30. worth of junk. The dealers in NC want $250. to polish and paint them, another totAL waste.i
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:13 AM
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I bought my smoked headlight lenses off ebay for about $100 a pair. They were great quality and the install took me less than an hour for both
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:39 PM
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I bought a set of clear corner depos from eBay ($104) and was very impressed.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:18 PM
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I found some on ebay but they are complete not just the clear lens, do you mean buy complete
and then take the lens off and install on current light set? Please advise.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:41 PM
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Depends on the condition of your headlights. If you can just replace the lens, then I'd do that.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:20 PM
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On the '02's you apparently have to "bake" the units in order for the glue to soften up enough to pry the lens off. Since you said the lens was cracked you may be able to replace it with an Ebay special made for the pre facelift units (though I would probably do both).
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