E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Lighting Forum

Lighting Forum
Angel Eyes, DDEs, lighted rings, Clear Turn Signals, LEDs, Xenon, HID, or Bi-Xenon. If it lights up and you want to discuss it, post here!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 3 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 11-12-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
Kingsbury
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330i
e46 XENON Headlight Housing Repair

The other day I was involved in a minor accident, which cracked the lens on one of my headlights and broke the housing clips on both of the headlight assemblies. The housings are now unusable, and need to be replaced. However, all of the electronics, ballasts and bulbs, are fine. I have been searching around on the web, and haven't been able to find a replacement housing. Everyone seems to want to sell the entire module. Has anyone had any luck rebuilding OEM xenon headlights?

Last edited by Kingsbury; 11-12-2012 at 11:22 AM.
Kingsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 11-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virgo Supercluster
Posts: 8,700
My Ride: 2004 330Ci OBM
I'm looking at realoem right now.



See how that whole back portion is greyed out and there is not part exploded from it? That means there is no indivdual part for this area. I hate to give you the bad news. Maybe you can find unbroken ones at a junkyard or something.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 11:40 AM   #3
haurelio
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,039
My Ride: 2001 bmw 325i
unfortunately you wont be able to just buy the housing; however, go on the for sale section, and you'll see some people are posting this for sale there..
__________________
Contact me if you need to unlock your phone.

Also can code your car
haurelio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
Kingsbury
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330i
WDE46, that is what I have noticed as well. However, in the past I have found parts that are not sold individually through BMW, which a third party has manufactured on their own. A popular example is the rebuild kit for the locking cylinder for the door. I was hoping someone had done something similar for this part as well. If that's not the case, then I will probably need to call up some scrap yards.
Kingsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virgo Supercluster
Posts: 8,700
My Ride: 2004 330Ci OBM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingsbury View Post
WDE46, that is what I have noticed as well. However, in the past I have found parts that are not sold individually through BMW, which a third party has manufactured on their own. A popular example is the rebuild kit for the locking cylinder for the door. I was hoping someone had done something similar for this part as well. If that's not the case, then I will probably need to call up some scrap yards.
True. I don't think that's the case for the xenon headlight housing though. I haven't seen them around, but then again I only look at parts for F/L coupes, which use very different lights.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 12:59 PM   #6
lmr2wil
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 508
My Ride: '00 328Ci
As I don't know how badly your housings are damaged, I don't know if this would help - but BMW does offer a tab repair kit - see http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...ghts/ES172708/. They also offer replacement lenses - see http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...adlights/Lens/.

Good luck,

Luke
lmr2wil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 01:01 PM   #7
Kingsbury
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330i
It's kind of funny, considering the number of aftermarket headlight assemblies on the market you know third parties are manufacturing the housing, or at least one similar.

Thanks for the feedback.
Kingsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 01:17 PM   #8
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virgo Supercluster
Posts: 8,700
My Ride: 2004 330Ci OBM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingsbury View Post
It's kind of funny, considering the number of aftermarket headlight assemblies on the market you know third parties are manufacturing the housing, or at least one similar.

Thanks for the feedback.
Indeed. During my brief search I have turned up nothing though.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #9
Kingsbury
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330i
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmr2wil View Post
As I don't know how badly your housings are damaged, I don't know if this would help - but BMW does offer a tab repair kit - see http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...ghts/ES172708/. They also offer replacement lenses - see http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...adlights/Lens/.

Good luck,

Luke
Luke,

Thanks for the link, but it looks like this is for pre-facelift models, which contrary to the website beginning production towards the end of Q1 2002. Unfortunately, it seems to be a common problem for suppliers to indicate the wrong year. I am not sure why...
Kingsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 05:40 PM   #10
lmr2wil
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 508
My Ride: '00 328Ci
Fair enough... one last try They do seem to have a similar kit for facelifted headlights - http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...Kits/ES172900/

Luke
lmr2wil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 04:26 AM   #11
Solidjake
Zero. Oil. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 22,268
My Ride: 2002 330i
As stated you will have to either get the tab replacement kit or used headlights from the classifieds or eBay.
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 02:47 PM   #12
Kingsbury
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330i
Has anyone ever tried sticking the OEM bi-xenon parts into a DEPO unit? parts4euro has a DEPO "Smoked Angel Eye Projector Headlights" set for $369 without the bulbs and ballasts. If I can stuff the OEM parts into this unit, that might be my best bet. Anyone tried this or had experience with both units?

http://www.parts4euro.com/DCShop/pro...products_id=97
Kingsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 05:37 PM   #13
haurelio
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,039
My Ride: 2001 bmw 325i
if you are planning on expending $369 on those headlight and swap everything. you mind as well buy some cheap used headlights and do a complete retrofit with better projectors.. to answer your questions I believe they are interchangeable only with AL xenon.. there was a guy here who did this (search for xenon retrofit)
__________________
Contact me if you need to unlock your phone.

Also can code your car
haurelio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 05:43 PM   #14
Solidjake
Zero. Oil. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 22,268
My Ride: 2002 330i
^ It's the first sticky.
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 06:47 PM   #15
Kingsbury
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330i
Quote:
Originally Posted by haurelio View Post
if you are planning on expending $369 on those headlight and swap everything. you mind as well buy some cheap used headlights and do a complete retrofit with better projectors.. to answer your questions I believe they are interchangeable only with AL xenon.. there was a guy here who did this (search for xenon retrofit)
True enough, problem is used OEM units aren't that cheap, or at least I haven't found the cheap ones. Most retrofits seem to go from halogens to xenon, or factory xenon to xenon with improved projectors. This vehicle has bi-xenon from the factory, and from what I have read, any retrofit is a downgrade from the components I already have. My current units are AL bi-xenon.
Kingsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:21 AM   #16
haurelio
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,039
My Ride: 2001 bmw 325i
factory bi-xenon does not mean better. it just means that it can do low and high beam. The bixenon projector is the same as the regular oem xenon..

I'm not sure if ever looked at the for sale section as suggested, There are more many posts like that

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=952827
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=948323
__________________
Contact me if you need to unlock your phone.

Also can code your car
haurelio is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use