5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
This installation took the longest...15 minutes tops!. All that is required is a small screwdriver. For installation instructions, there are plenty of forums and sites to choose from... I used BMWTIPS.com.
This has to be the easiest and cheapest mod of all while making a big difference to the appearance of your vehicle. Same as above on installation instructions.
I must say Anthony@Bekkers was a pleasure to deal with. Great customer service, very responsive and fast shipping! All parts marked OEM and bagged OEM. Nice work Bekkers!
Looks like I may be starting the tail light upgrade tonight 11:00P.M. I'll let you know how it goes...
BILL -- I don't make the kind of $$$$$$ you do! One mod at a time... Oh and the serious $$$$ your raking in as this forums moderator... Millions!
Thanks Pal. SILVER E39 just decided on a big cut in my paycheck coupled with more hours moderating this forum. Between you and BeelZ? Now I'll be taking the famous ride with him without any $$$ too.
Good Morning! HELLA Tail Light Install Complete! 09:00 A.M.
LOL Bill - So now you have to live on half a Mil a year. That's gonna be tough!
SILVER - 25 Minutes? Yours must have been PNP. My 2000 required a retro kit...or maybe I'm just SSSLLLOOOOW.
Well, last night (midnight) I stopped after installing the drivers side tail light. Went to bed around 1:45A.M. Back up and shopping at Wal-Mart at 4:45 A.M. -- Insomniac! Got back home around 6:30A.M. finished the install, tested and cleaned up by 9:00A.M.! Looks and works great -- What a difference!
As far as installation is concerned, I am tremendously impressed with BMW's engineering. Attention to detail is unbelievable! For example -- The trunk seal /molding neatly weaves itself down (over the top of the rear plastic trim liner -- latch side) from the tail lights and then tucks itself back under -- at the rear trunk latch. If you look closely you will see a 1/8" notch on each side where it goes back under.NICE.
Everything undone went perfectly back together! I really like how the "snap-in" trim holders work too. At first I thought these pieces would probably break into as soon as I pulled on them. NOPE -- Nice, thick and durable. You can definitely tell the difference in craftsmanship from domestic vehicles.
Hella also has done a bang up job supplying everything you need. BILL / BEEZL I'm very glad I took your advice in choosing Hella! THANKS!
My only gripe was sparse text and infomation with the instructions. Fortunately, this site and others are loaded (Much Better) with DIY installation instructions and photos.
Total time spent on (3) mods = 4 hours (including cleanup)
Silver e 39 "Yours must have been PNP" what is PNP? Mine are OEM if that is what you are implying
Windowpro is talking about the way/the speed by which you installed these parts compared to his. Now PNP is plug and play concept used, among other things, in computer/electronic parts and accessories.
When you install/add any of the above to any operating system (w2k,xp etc) these parts need some sort of a middle man between an operating system and the new accessory or part for communication purposes. That middle man is callled a DRIVEROS specific software) in the past we had to do manual installation (longer time/more efforts to install). This was changed by the revolutionary concept of PNP. Plug it in and the operating system AUTOMATICALLY install the driver for you if it is on its HAL. (speed/less time/less efforts). i.e. digital cameras and all USB devices.
Look Silver Jim himself must been PNP member on this forum because we got used of him so fast and we love him. Look at his name isn't that enough to fool anyone about his association with Bill Gates. and Jim who make the 1/2 a mil now?
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