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Old 03-18-2013, 12:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do I need new headlights on my 03' 525i?

Hey guys, Mike here.

Just had a quick question.

So I bought my 03' 525i about 2 months ago, and damn I just love it. It's my first BMW, and I don't think I'll settle for anything other than a bimmer again after experiencing the spine tingling joy this whip brings me.. even after hitting the unlock button on my remote key - let alone driving this work of art!

But to the point - It runs perfect, everything works great. My only concern is the headlights. To give you an honest mental image, the headlights (just barely) illuminate approx. 10 feet of the road ahead of me at MAXIMUM. And they're just... so dim. Knowing my way around my area + street lights is basically the only way I can drive safely.

The High beams on the other hand, are LOVELY. Very WIDE range of view, Almost a white color tone (as opposed to a very dim yellow from the low beams), Makes everything clear and visible. I feel much much more comfortable driving with the highs on. I feel like It's somewhat like my low's should look, Just with about half the power... So I can ACTUALLY SEE!

Now, It seems to me like I've seen several BMW's around with, to say the least, quite blinding and very bright low beams. That's what I'm talking about baby!

With that said, Do you guys think I just need to save up for new pair of wallet-depleting headlights? Or is there, if possible some way to increase the efficiency of the low beams already on my car? For instance, It looks like the clear hard plastic covers that surround the headlights, are kinda dirty from the inside. Would removing, then aggressively cleaning the clear covers inside and out help with my dim headlight problem? (Even though they look like a pain in the ass to disassemble)
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you checked to see if they are aimed properly? If so then I would invest in an aftermarket set with an hid conversion. My neighbors did the samething and there's not any way to fix the inside of the lens. Usually once you take them apart they never seal right again. If you buy a new set get the clear 3m bra put on them it will block the Uv rays that ruined the set you have now.
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First off,

Very helpful info ryder. Thank you. I'm actually not sure how to check the "aim" of my headlights. Do you know how this is done?
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BMW headlights are known for being a little dim. Replacement is usually the best option if you feel they arent bright enough. Bav Toys makes excellent and affordable options.

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