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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:38 PM
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Question E36 headlights

My latest E36 328i convertible is fitted with what I believe are called "angel eye" headlight units. The sidelight aspect of these units takes the form of a filament which travels around the inside of each individual lamp unit (both main and dipped beam each side) both ends of which appear to terminate beneath a "chrome" finish capping on the top forward edge of each unit. One of my sidelight units has failed and I need to know whether the unit can be repaired by gaining access beneath the capping or do I have to replace the complete light unit? If the filaments are replaceable where would I find them bearing in mind I am in the UK.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:41 PM
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Can you post a pic for a better idea
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:10 PM
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Headlight Units.

Hi there : Many thanks for your answer to my thread. I do not feel am experienced enough to attempt to send photos using my computer. I do think, though, my question is one which someone with experience of this type of "angel eyes" should be able to answer from my description.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:12 AM
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i believe the angel eyes (ae's) were not available as oe on our chassis, at leat not in the north american market, so i would check to see what brand they are and search that.

there should be ballasts and such, but depending upon how they were installed (and by whom) it could be a simple loose connection, or you may need to replace some parts.

also, are they ccfl's (flourescent tubes) or led's??



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Old 10-05-2012, 01:09 PM
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Angel eyes.

Many thanks for your response to my query. I am aware that these lights were not a standard fitment on the E36 but as I have never come across the before I am fishing for ideas. Based on your reply I obviously need to investigate the parentage of these units a shade more closely and take things from there. Once again, many thanks.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:32 PM
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