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Old 01-25-2012, 11:33 AM
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anyone replaced xenon bulb on 2007 x3 E83?

I am thinking about saving much $$$ and replacing the *XENON* bulb myself; would appreciate any voice of experience! There appears a lot of hardware under the hood to remove first!?!? Or should / can I remove the entire headlight assembly from the outside?

thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:28 PM
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Or should / can I remove the entire headlight assembly from the outside?
Haven't done it myself, but removing the whole assembly is optional.

Helps to have small hands maybe, but should be similar to this kid doing a 3 series coupe:

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Old 01-25-2012, 05:03 PM
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thanks supercourse, i saw that one, it looks whole more crowded in my x3 than it does in that video, there is the whole fan shroud / cowling that seems to need to be removed first.. that is why I am wodering if going at it from the outside would be better.
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:26 PM
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thanks supercourse, i saw that one, it looks whole more crowded in my x3 than it does in that video, there is the whole fan shroud / cowling that seems to need to be removed first.. that is why I am wodering if going at it from the outside would be better.
I have the D1S bulbs in my E92 (328xi)... just to get at them, you gotta remove the bumper! Anyway, I bought the german made Philips bulbs on eBay for HALF the dealer cost... got TWO brand new for $110.. then paid my indy about $100 to install.. HUGE cost savings over dealer..

Now if you can replace them yourself in the X3 (I just replaced my X3 Halogens), you'll save a ton.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:04 AM
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will give it a try this weekend..
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:35 AM
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finished! Took about an hour and half, mostly because i have big hands, and had to pull out the whole headlght assembly out, so I could work on it from the outside. lucky the wirnig had enough slack to allow for that, didnt have to unplug anything. Now that I know what I am dealing with, I could do it the conventional way from hte inside the next time (hopefully never!).
by the way, purchased the replacement at Parts Source; it is IDENTICAL to what I pulled out (Philips Xenstart). Saved ~ $350 by doing it myself. Not difficult; just think about what you are doing.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:48 PM
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IRBO,did your xenon bulbs have the small wire clips that run up both sides of the D1S bulb? If yes how did you release the clips after you removed the headlight assembly from the car?
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:46 AM
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Hi there, sorry, I cant honestly remember if it did or not; it does not stick in my mind that they were a problem. good luck!
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:56 AM
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I have a 2005 e83 with traditional lights. How do I do the drivers side running light bulb?
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:07 PM
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get some better bulbs and do this



PIAA and some others like Hella have the much better H7 bulbs ....they give much better light on the older X's


good google links for all of it

https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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What about the running light on drivers side?
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