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    E39 replacement headlight units - Preferably black looking

    Wondering for suggestions about what to do with my headlight units for E39 520 (2002).

    The housing for 3 or 4 bulbs is broken and causing incorrect beams to be road legal.

    I took both units out today and gave them a good clean but with the housing for bulbs broken as I said it's probably best to replace them?

    The housing is broken to the point that bulbs and brackets can only be loosely held and not at all on some.

    Could anyone suggest which to buy and where to get some?

    I'm low on money so budget buying would be much better suited.

    So yeah, ideas for new headlights please?

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    WHAT I DID TO REMOVE HEADLIGHTS
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    Also for anyone with similar E39, when removing the light units here's what I did.

    4 bolts for each headlight unit under the bonnet. 2 on the grill line and 2 inside and low into the engine area.

    Then wiggle and push the headlight unit forward and outside the car, be careful of the tab that runs on the side of the car and underneath (a latch attached to the headlight unit). This needed to be pushed forward with a flat pry bar. They can break on removal but are pretty essential when housing the headlights.

    Then just unplug all the lights.

    I wanted to move the clear acrylic and clean inside the acryclic also but with the plastic tabs holding the unit and clear acrylic together I felt best to stay away for now as they might break and didn't look like they would seperate too easily.
    Last edited by bevbmw; 01-02-2019 at 01:42 PM.
    E39 Maintenance and repairs has begun.

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    Bulb holders broken in OE housings? Are they halogen or HID?
    Last edited by Mless5; 01-02-2019 at 09:54 PM.

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    Yes a combination of broken housing for the bulb bracket to click into and some cracked and vanished on a motorway somewhere most likely.

    No mods have been done so halogen I think.
    E39 Maintenance and repairs has begun.

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