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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 06-28-2016, 03:45 PM
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fog lamp bulb replacement

After 13 years of ownership, one of my fog lamp bulbs finally died. btw, I have a 2003 540 sport with the Mtech bumper.

I might be getting these bulbs as replacement. I have these same bulbs in my 2016 Toyota Highlander. Will these work?
http://www.xenondepot.com/h11-h8-h16...4unix2-h11.htm

How do I take the black plastic piece surrounding the fog lamp?

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Old 06-28-2016, 05:24 PM
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I think M tech have 9006 bulbs but link is H11...

Either way, you should be fine any type of bulb since there is no "backing" of the fog light
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:02 AM
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Yeah Mtech has 9006

As far as taking the plastic surrounds off here is a link on replacing the fog light bulbs. Just be careful when removing them that you don't scratch your bumper. You owners manual shoudl have directions and some illustrations on fog light bulb replacement, but they may not be the most detailed. Check out this diy from the M5 board.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...m5-w-pics.html

Note: The plastic fog light surrounds have three clips on them this link has some good pics of the back of the fog light surround so you know where the clips are exactly.
http://chrisparente.com/2011/04/26/f...on-the-e39-m5/

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You can also access the fog lights from the back, by removing the Left and right fender liners. Then you just reach in disconnect the wire and then twist the bulb out.

I have not replaced the bulbs yet myself so I can't say which option is best.

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This video below shows fog light bulb replacement on a M3, which is the same except the M3 fog light surrounds are different and come off easier than the e39 M5/ Mtech ones. It also shows in detail how to disconnect the wire and bulb, which may be helpful if you have never done it before.

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Old 06-29-2016, 05:08 AM
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I was able to take the plastic panel off yesterday. It was just a little bit scary doing it the first time. I also ordered the Osram Nite breaker 9006 bulbs.
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