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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 05-09-2014, 04:10 PM
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Headlight adjusters, with a twist

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So I knew I had the headlight adjuster issue, ordered some ebay parts for E39s saying they were good for xenons and angel eyes and HIDs and everything. They came in, I tore open a headlight, and these adjusters do not fit. The ball on the end is much bigger than the socket in the lamp assembly, and the back end that the screw goes in does not fit the housing, either the left right or the up down. The left right wouldn't even possibly align, or I would have just modded to fit.

So, the question, are there only two versions (long, offset, bigger, and shorter, straight through, smaller) or am I at risk of ordering the wrong thing again?

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Old 05-09-2014, 04:50 PM
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There's pre facelift and facelift headlight adjusters make sure you ordered the pre facelift ones ie 97-00
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:00 PM
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It's all described in gory detail here, found by typing /headlight adjusters f3 in the bestlinks, so, I can't add any value other than to tell you that.

- What are all your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1)
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... stuff deleted ... Specifically, this thread should cover E39's built after September 2000, namely the post-facelift 2001-2003 model year with either the Hella HID (aka xenon gas-discharge low beam with self-leveling motor) or Hella conventional (aka halogen headlights with the H7 base, 9005 holder, 9006 connector, no ballast, no self-leveling motor).
Note: The cost for a complete set of adjusters for E39's older than September 2000 is only $15 at EAC (compared to $160 for newer adjusters); so the older adjusters are not expected to be the topic of this discussion.

The headlight adjusters that are the subject of this thread should fit:
From the 09/2000 build date:
528i, 528it (wagon touring), 530i, 540i, 540it (wagon touring), M5
520d, 520i, 523i, 525d, 525i, 525td, 525tds, 528i, 530d, 530i, 535i, 540i, 540iP

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See also:
- Headlight aiming DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to physically remove the BMW E39 Hella headlights (1) & how to twist out the headlight bulbs (1) (2) (3) including HIDs (1) & which stock H7 'halogen' bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3) & how to physically remove the front turn signal bulb (1) (2) (3) (4) & what front turn signal bulb to replace it with (1) & how to remove the angel eye bulb (1) (2) (3) & which stock angel-eye bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3) & how to retrofit halogen angeleye bulbs to LEDs (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to modify pre-facelift headlights to angel eyes (1) (2) (3) (4) & headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & replacing just the headlight lens (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & how to cross reference all light bulbs for any BMW E39 including for the headlights, stoplights, backup, blinkers, dome, vanity, side markers, licplate, parking, fog, trunk/boot, glovebox, etc. (1) & more information if you really want to know everything about broken headlight adjusters (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) & how to make your own headlight adjusters (0) (1) (2) (3) and a summary list of all your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1) & headlight autopsy photos (1) (2) (3) & an explanation of the weird flat spot on the USA spec headlights (1) (2) & an explanation of HID versus conventional headlights and why the high beam is always a halogen H7 bulb (1) (2) (3) & the age-old argument of whether to buy aftermarket DJ Auto or Depo headlights (1) or OEM Hellas (1).
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need

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Old 05-10-2014, 07:58 AM
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Thanks for the replies. The only part I was concerned about was whether there were more than two styles, and it sounds like there aren't.

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Thanks for the replies. The only part I was concerned about was whether there were more than two styles, and it sounds like there aren't.

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There ARE two styles
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