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Old 08-30-2017, 11:11 AM   #1
Philip Mew
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E46 Touring headlights, side marker lights and tail lights swap

I have 4 E46s, 2 sedans and 2 Tourings. All are excellent cars and I love them all. 1 of the Tourings will be sold soon.

The 2002 wagon has the facelifted stock North American spec headlights, fender mounted side marker / turn signal lights and tail lights. The 2004 wagon is also is a facelift model and was retrofitted with those same pieces, 6 in total, with Euro units, that is, with clear lenses rather than amber. Both cars' pieces are in very good if not perfect shape.

I prefer the stock look.

I am guessing the headlights and side marker lights are common to sedans, coupes and convertibles, but the tail lights are specific to the Touring.

What would be the most economical way to have stock units installed on the Touring I will keep ? Simply swap them over ?
If yes, will be hiring my garage to do this as I am hopeless at mechanical work.
Would this be a difficult job ? Would like to have an estimate of how many hours of labour to expect to be billed.

Haven't shopped online yet, and wondering if Euro units cost more than stock units, and if they are in demand. Would it be worth buying stock pieces, then selling the Euro pieces ?

Alternatively, anyone out there with a facelifted Touring with stock pieces that is interested in a swap for stock pieces ?

If there are alternatives, I am all ears. Cost and hassle will be considered.
The goal is to have 1 Touring with the stock bits, keeping in mind that for now I also have a Touring with the bits I want !

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Old 08-30-2017, 11:13 AM   #2
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Alternatively, anyone out there with a facelifted Touring with stock pieces that is interested in a swap for stock pieces ?
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:20 PM   #3
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Front lights are common to sedan and touring. Coupe and conv are different lights. Tail lights are touring specific. The front headlights should be separate from the front corner lights, if all of OE type construction.

Swapping the lights out is a piece of cake. Front corner lights, side fender lights, and tail lights between 2 cars might take you 2 hours if you're moving slow and being absurdly meticulous.

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Old 09-03-2017, 12:50 PM   #4
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i have a facelift touring with all stock amber pieces. I'm looking to swap over to clear pieces (i think clear on red car looks better).

so are you saying we do a straight swap?

i willing to trade the front corner lights, fender side lights, tail lights (6 pieces total that are amber)

lets get some pictures up

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Old 09-11-2017, 06:09 PM   #5
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I'll trade you my North American-spec amber tails + cash for your clear tails. In Toronto, ON but I can ship you mine first to make your life easier. Hit me up if you're interested.
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