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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:36 PM
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I am so confused about replacement headlight

One common thing about the ebay items below is that they are all claiming that the light fits 2001 BMW 330i.

I don't think they are telling the truth.

Can anyone tell me which of the 20 items in ebay on sale now will or will not fit/work in my unaltered 2001 BMW 330i low-beam headlight?


1 - General Electric H7-55/BP Driving Light (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

2 - H7 XENON-HALOGEN 8000K H.O.D LIGHT BULBS/BULB 100W HEAD... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

3 - 50W WATT CANBUS CONVERSION Xenon HID H7 HIGH BEAM LIGHT... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

4 - H7 XENON-HALOGEN 6000K WHITE HOD LIGHT BULBS/BULB 100W ... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

5 - 2pc H7 Bulb 10000K Xenon HID Conversion Kit Head Light ... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
10000K HID XENON H7 BULBS HEAD LIGHTS CONVERSION KIT BM... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

6 - NOKYA H7 Arctic White 7000K S1 55W Head/Fog Light Bulbs (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
2pc H7 Bulb 10000K Xenon HID Conversion Kit Head Light ... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
8000K HID XENON H7 BULBS HEAD LIGHTS CONVERSION KIT BMW... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

7 - H7 DOT 55W High or Low Beam or Fog Light OEM Stock Clea... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
H7 XENON-HALOGEN 8000K H.O.D LIGHT BULBS/BULB HEADLIGHT... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

8 - H7 XENON-HALOGEN 6000K WHITE HOD LIGHT BULBS/BULB HEADL... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

9 - 1999-2005 BMW 3 Series E46 M3 Sedan Coupe Xenon H7 HID ... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
DOT H7 OEM 55W Xenon Halogen Headlight Lamp Amber White... (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

10 - 2x D2S HID Xenon Replacement Bulbs 4300K 5000K 6000K 8000K 10000K (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

11 - D2S OEM Replacement HID XENON Bulbs Audi BMW Benz 4300K 5000K 6000K 8000K 10000K (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
D2S 4300K Brilliant Blue Xenon HID Headlamp Bulbs For Low Beam (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

12 - 2x D2C (D2S D2R) Super Bright 10000k HID Xenon Low Beam Replacement Light Bulbs (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

13 - 2 x D2S 10000K HID Xenon Headlight Bulbs For Low Beam #c (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
8000K Bulbs Hid Xenon Low Beam Headlight Pair 2 Bulb D2S D2R D2C 8000 K 587 (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

14 - 2 x D2S 8000K Xenon HID Headlight Bulbs For Low Beam 35W (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

15 - D2S/D2R 8000k Iceberg Blue XENON HID LIGHT BULBS (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
2 x D2S 6000K Xenon HID Headlamp Bulbs For Low Beam 35W (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
D2S 10000K Brilliant Blue Xenon HID Headlamp Bulbs For Low Beam #C (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

16 - ULTRA SUPER Slim XENON HID KIT D2S H1 H3 H4 H7 H11 H13 9006 9007 9005 6k 6000k (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

17 - D2S 6000K Diamond White Xenon HID Headlight Bulbs For Low Beam (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

18 - WAGNER D2S Headlight Bulb (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

19 - OEM PHILIPS D2S HID XENON BULB BMW E46 E39 M3 M5 X5 (NEW) (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)

20 - NEW OEM 04 05 BMW 5 Series 525 530 540 i Xenon Headlamp HID Philips Bulb Lamp (Fits: 2001 BMW 330i)
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:05 PM
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Any H7 55 watt halogen bulb will work fine. If you go to the local auto parts store you don't have to wait for it to arrive in the mail.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:01 AM
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Any H7 55 watt halogen bulb will work fine. If you go to the local auto parts store you don't have to wait for it to arrive in the mail.
Do I have the advantage of putting any H7 bulb in either high beam OR low beam spot? What about D2S bulb? The D2S socket seems to be different than H7 socket? Are you sure the 2001 330i is H7 and not D2S?
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If you have the self-leveling Xenon headlights, you have a D2S connector. I you don't, you have an H7.

Notice how everything in your list is either H7 halogen, h7 "xenon conversion", or xenon D2S.

Better idea, take your bulb out, take it to your local auto parts store and ask them.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:39 PM
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I put a hid kit in my 2003 325i h7 works fine but u have to make some mods the bulbs won't sit right in the headlight so I cut the base of my factory bulbs base and used with the h7 bulbs i got from eBay also that front bumber has to come off to replace those bulbs or get them off
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:29 AM
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I put a hid kit in my 2003 325i h7 works fine but u have to make some mods the bulbs won't sit right in the headlight so I cut the base of my factory bulbs base and used with the h7 bulbs i got from eBay also that front bumber has to come off to replace those bulbs or get them off
I am confused in reading your reply. Did you mean to say the following?

My 2003 325i had factory low and high beam headlights but I bought and installed High Intensity Discharge (D2S type) kit. I wanted to still use the H7 type bulbs in the D2S spot and this required me to make modification to the H7 bulb base which I bought from eBay. I had to remove the front bumper assembly when I installed HID kit.

1) Is this right?
2) Why did you install the HID kit and modify the H7 bulb from ebay to have it fit in the D2S spot?
3) Did you have to remove the bumper assembly everytime you replace the bulb or is it only when you installed the HID kit?
4) What did you gain by buying and installing the HID kit?
5) Do you have any information on whether the low beam and high beam (H7 and/or D2S) bulbs are completely interchangeable?

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:38 AM
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Let me shed some light on this (pun intended)

First determine if you have projectors or not. Projectors look like this.....



Halogens look like this.....



Note the projector has what looks like an eyeball on the outside that focuses the beam from the HID lights.

If you have projectors you need a D2S bulb. I have the cheap $15 ebay ones and I can tell you they shine as bright as any name brand for 1/8th the price.

If you have halogen lights then please do not put HID's of any kind into them. Without the projector and cutoff you will blind oncoming drivers and scatter light all over the place, it is a real d!ckhead move.

You simply need a set of H7 bulbs that look like this....



It is that simple.
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