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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 06-19-2012, 02:20 PM
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Angel eyes for an E30?

Hello everyone, I have had my 1987 325IS for a couple years now, and I've been wanting to put those stunning HD Angel eyes on my car. The only thing holding me back is that some friends of mine at a BMW tuning company said that a lot of cars that have these lights come back because of electronic and wiring issues. Should I get these lights? If so, where and for how much? Thanks for any help!
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:55 PM
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no, you should not get them ... ever.

they are pure ricer. they take a classy old bmw and make it look like a cheap piece of crap.

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Old 06-19-2012, 08:57 PM
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:03 PM
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if they are installed correctly, which is more often than not by doing the exact opposite of the lost in translation chinese instructions, there is no reason why they should mess with the electrics.
that said, E30s have very tempremental wiring systems to start with, they are perfect as is, but even an aftermarket stereo can cause your indicators to come on when you press the window button etc if not wired correctly

I wont bring up my taste preferences
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:04 AM
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I installed the Hella h11 lenses on my 85, then put a relayed HID setup in the Hella's. Looks great, but get a low beam failure light on my control center. I know there's a way to get by that but never bothered me. ( My opinion is do what you want, I don't like the angel eyes only because takes away from the vintageness... although HID's aren't normally a option either lol.)
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I installed the Hella h11 lenses on my 85, then put a relayed HID setup in the Hella's. Looks great, but get a low beam failure light on my control center. I know there's a way to get by that but never bothered me. ( My opinion is do what you want, I don't like the angel eyes only because takes away from the vintageness... although HID's aren't normally a option either lol.)
HID's fit into the existing housings and dont change the look of the car. they retain original appearance while increasing functionality. angel eyes change the entire look of the front end and dont help anything at all.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:12 AM
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Spend your money on something else.
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:36 PM
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imo they don't look good on E30's apart from spoiling the originality of the front end
they would just sit out in the open. I'm sure you realise that all modern bimmers have
a lens cover over the headlight unit which in turn would protect angel eyes.
Leave as stock or upgrade to Smileys or even HID's.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:37 PM
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Thanks everyone for your help! I think you guys are likely correct, I'll do some other things to my car instead. I would greatly appreciate even more help with the other threads I will post as those are likely what the money will be spent on instead. Thanks again!
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:47 PM
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While I agree that angel eyes take away from the look of the e30 I'd like to say if YOU want angel eyes on YOUR car then by all means don't let someone else rain on your parade. That being said and seeing your decision to spend elsewhere, here is my quick thought on the thread...

A short shift kit (if you have a manual) would be a good use of the angel eye money imho SSK's give your car a whole new feel and make it even more fun to drive, there are many options available for many different budgets, if you want something really nice I'd suggest UUC's EvO3 kit (with the DSSR for even more awesomeness). There are so many things that can be done... sky is the limit
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:08 AM
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AE's on E30's look like poo, plain and simple. Especially the ebay headlights with them. They look way small and just goofy on an E30 front and go around a full circle.

I have seen AE's on ONE E30 that looked OK, and he had raptors tucked behind hella headlight protectors. With the upper cut off it looked better, the HID fogs helped too I suppose.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:59 PM
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Stve always got somthingbad to say i made a pair i didnt do a good job but yea u can find some ppl on craigslist make tgem for cheap u can make them only hing i say is make sure u buy nice leds so they look like the new bmws
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Stve always got somthingbad to say i made a pair i didnt do a good job but yea u can find some ppl on craigslist make tgem for cheap u can make them only hing i say is make sure u buy nice leds so they look like the new bmws
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