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Should I change my 97 E39 Headlights?

I was thinking about using the headlights I have found on line and replaceing them. Can someone please take a look at thses before I buy them and give me an opinion.

97-03 BMW E39 HALO PROJECTOR HEADLIGHTS 528i 540i M5 98: eBay Motors (item 380285880853 end time Nov-12-10 10:02:28 PST)
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Well whats wrong with yours? are they oxidized and yellowed/ scratched? Or do you want a cooler look. If the answer is yes to either one, then I have the perfect solution. Do what I did.

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ok I'll bite what did you do
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probably upgrade to HIDs with Angel Eyes.


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So did you check that link I posted out? If so whatcha think
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You won't be disappointed ..

oh sorry I didnt write it.. Anyways, I bought me a meguiars headlight restoration kit for about 24.99, and polished / cleaned all the scratches out of my headlights. It comes with a yellow polishing drill attachment , Blue colored liquid ( black colored package ) plastix bottle, and yellow microfiber buffing cloth I believe. Maybe im forgetting one thing or another, it's been a few months. I was extremely impressed with the results, but still wanted something a little more "modern " if you will. So I bought a pair of ccfl angel eyes and installed them inside my headlamps. It took me almost 5 hours in total ( because it has to dry - the glue - and put them back in. Everywhere I go, I get complements, because it looks custom without being overbearing, and still keeps that crisp oem look. btw the color is about a 6000K, which is such a perfect contrast to my 4350k xenons and fog lamps. Total cost for the entire project ------- $80 ( I had to buy tools ). If you have a few fairly common tools avaliable, then it would be more along the lines of ---- $70.

And I installed them my self. It was really great, and everytime some E39 owner with his yellowed , dulled headlights can't keep his eyes off them, I pat myself on the back. Once for doing them myself, and again for saving myself over $200+ dollars on the new headlights I originally wanted. I installed them in april , and never had a problem yet.


If you ever decide to go this route ,I'll be more than happy to make a pdf instructional for you. Fully detailed, with lots of pics. And give you all the links for the tools/ angel eye products. Trust me it's the way to go if your not into spending $$$ for something that wont totally satisfy you.

I saw the link, and honestly I thought those light are a major downgrade from the OEM look at the very least. It doesnt seem to esteem the car and it's driver. You want to be able to have your car blend nicely in a rather formal setting, and standout at the same time, but in the right way !

However, It is your choice, and if you decide to get those , it's fully your decision. Just dont end up like this afterwards-----> lol think it through.


And , ( sorry for being such a bladder mouth ) last thing. I'll show you pics of my car below:
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I bought the same meguiars kit, spent about 15 min on each side and it did clear them up. It didnít clear it up, not all the way, not sure how many coats or how long to spend on them. I am in the same boat and want the look you have it looks great. I just have no clue on how to do it. I am pretty handy I changed my brake pads and rotors and flushed my radiator today so I feel I can handle it if I have the direction on how to do it. So is the ring the actual head light or do you still have a bulb. I am confused on if there is still a bulb or if that is the headlight and high beam. Any and all the help is greatly appreciated. I would love to do this myself.
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My friend your more than qualified I can make you a pdf instructional hopefully tommorow. It's really very simple. I dont have bulbs or seperate headlights. They are my oem e39 headlights. I just detached it and put them ( the angel eye rings ) in, but there's a certain procedure in taking them apart and putting them together, and if it is not followed extremely correctly, will mess up your headlights. Trust me, you will be so amazed with the results.

also, what model is your car. I know it's a 97 e39, but what a 528?

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Oh yeah, and there is a certain trick to the meguiars stuff. I'll include it in the pdf . It's a lot easier to do when you have the headlight assembly off.

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