The North American e36 headlght assemblies have a plastic front cover, cheap skimpy plastic housing, and a reflector type assembly inside that merely reflects the light on to the road.
The European e36 headlight assemblies have a glass front cover, bigger thicker plastic housings, and an ellipsoid projector lense that focuses light onto the road where you need it most, not spray it all over the place like the NA reflector.
This is most of the reason I bought ZKW's. The Angel Eyes are nice, but the improvement in night vision is tremendous.
Maybe you guys should smack the hell outta me for saying this, but I have thought since day 1 when I had my Bimmer that the headlights were pretty damn good...yeah I know they are cheaper plastic, but they illuminate things pretty well with regular sylvania bulbs. I can only imagine how Euro Spec lights would increase vision and lighting...
__________________ 1996 318i
5 Speed Manual
Alpine CDA-7895 Head Unit
12" Alpine Type-R, sealed box
Pioneer 400w amp for $20 at a yard sale (to replace my fried MRV-1507)
Infinity Kappa 4" 2-way speakers(rear)
Infinity Kappa 5.25" component speakers(front)
Debaffled airbox, K&N filter
Tracked Mud on carpets
Shampooed and cleaned carpets
I saw the price on those, 650 dollars, holy crap. All I could think about is there's my springs/shocks right there. Oh well I'll have this car till it exlodes twice so there will be plenty of time for money to be poured into it.
__________________ Kevin (President TBEA)
"WAAAAAAARRRRRIORS, come out to plaaaaay."
Guys, I'm of the opinion of buying things ONCE. Do the research, and buy decent crap. You guys should be so lucky. I bought them before the price dropped to $650. ZKW is an oem manufacturer for BMW and many other German automakers. I guess I didn't mention that part.
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