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Old 03-23-2006, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to the BMW world - Have some questions.

I'm contemplating a new E90, or possibly an older one. But I have some questions.

Can you swap the front headlights from these models

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For the newer ones...


Also can you swap in the newer LED taillights into the other 3 series models

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Not at the moment. You can get some bootleg eBay ones that look similiar.. but they will have the e39 5 series look, not the 3series look that you're looking at. I switched out my halogens to projector xenons.. I also wanted that, but it wasn't available.

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about, there is a noticeable difference.. YUCK.

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Since the coupe's fenders are shaped differently than the sedan the headlights and the tail lights are not swapable...sorry (I was looking to do the same to mine)
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Just curious: what's your thought on e46 vs. e90? Clearly they are very different. If you're considering an e46, my personal (new) favorite sedan is probably the ZHP. If you want those headlights on an e46, you'll have to get a coupe. Worth it?
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e90 sucks. e92 is AWESOME.

You don't need a coupe to get those lights though. Only the 04 Coupe is required to get that projector set-up. Any 05 325i/ci or 05 330i/ci will have that projector set-up IF you get the xenon option. I THINK this is true, maybe you need the coupe.. but I'm pretty sure I saw 05 i's at the lot with those projectors.
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Old 03-24-2006, 08:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not at the moment. You can get some bootleg eBay ones that look similiar.. but they will have the e39 5 series look, not the 3series look that you're looking at. I switched out my halogens to projector xenons.. I also wanted that, but it wasn't available.

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about, there is a noticeable difference.. YUCK.


Do you have a link\price for these? I think they look great. But if you look at the shape they would only fit 2000-2003?

Also what about the taillights?
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^^ I don't think E90FTW is referring to the xenons, but instead to the entire headlight/corner assembly. These are different from coupes to sedans, including the fenders.

Doing it is possible, but it is not a direct fit. You would need some costum work done by a reputable body shop.
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Do you have a link\price for these? I think they look great. But if you look at the shape they would only fit 2000-2003?

Also what about the taillights?
Those are "supposed" to fit the E46 99-02 Sedans. Now whether the eBay poster feels like lying or not is a different story.

Tails? Umnitza! The forum sponsor, Jleviswoffers tail lights, but only one set, not a variety.

Edit: Also note that 2000-2003 is not a selection when choosing your items.

99-preMY02's are non-facelifted. They have different style of turn signals, noted as the slide-in turn signals

PostMY02-06's have Y-shaped insert turn signals.
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I mean can you swap the OEM ones like this into a 2002 sedan????

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/kitaho2/bmw-m...illight-50.jpg
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The OEM LED tails off a coupe will not fit the sedan. Our sponsor, JLevi, offers what is probably the next best thing: Euro Taillights

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The OEM LED tails off a coupe will not fit the sedan. Our sponsor, JLevi, offers what is probably the next best thing: Euro Taillights

are there replicas that look like the LED ones? I love the LED ones. And are you sure they wont swap? They look exactly the same to me.
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They LOOK similar, but they are NOT the same...and thus will not fit.
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I mean can you swap the OEM ones like this into a 2002 sedan????
They will not fit. Buy a coupe
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I was browsing for your situation, and I found them for a Sedan. LED Coupe tails that fit a Sedan. Enjoy the over-pricing!

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