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Old 08-30-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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Best headlights' style/quality for a 2001 BMW 330i facelift?

I'm looking to give my 2001 330i a facelift. The only thing is I was trying to figure what would be the best choice. I'm looking forward in purchasing a pair of headlights with a silver/chrome base. Anyone has some suggestions of stylish designs or high quality pieces to recommend?

Does anyone know what is the difference between Halogen, Xenon, BiXenon, and Adaptive Xenon headlights?

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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Just get some new OE lenses and call it a day. If you want to retrofit xenons, the proper route would be full OE. When it comes to headlights I wouldn't mess around with any aftermarket stuff.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #3
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I'm looking to give my 2001 330i a facelift. The only thing is I was trying to figure what would be the best choice. I'm looking forward in purchasing a pair of headlights with a silver/chrome base. Anyone has some suggestions of stylish designs or high quality pieces to recommend?

Does anyone know what is the difference between Halogen, Xenon, BiXenon, and Adaptive Xenon headlights?

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Halogen: Non-projector style, standard, run-of-the-mill headlights

Xenon: Projector style, brighter, crisp beam cutoff. Slight blue tint. High beams are separate halogen lights. Require expensive xenon bulbs. More complicated system that involves an ignitor and ballast. Last much longer than halogen bulbs, but tend to "color-shift" to 4800K throughout their life. Generally not a bad thing, as 4800K is a good color temperature to be at.

Bi-xenon: Same as Xenon, but high beams are built into the xenon housing. Upon brights activation, the internal cutoff flap slides down to allow full light exposure. In this way, xenons are technically always running a "high beam," and a simple flap controls the light cutoff level.

Adaptive Xenon: Same as Bi-xenon, but headlights turn with the steering wheel to help light curves more effectively. The degree to which they turn is based upon an algorithm that takes into account speed, steering angle, and if the car is in reverse.

My personal recommendation is to find a pair of used OE BMW headlights. I do not recommend going aftermarket in this case, as people here have had many mixed results, mostly bad. If you do want to try something different, you can get the OE brand of other vehicles and retrofit them into the existing housing. Just be sure to aim them properly. That is the biggest key.

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:40 AM   #4
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A lot of money to facelift a car. I would just sell your car and get one with projector lighting already.
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A lot of money to facelift a car. I would just sell your car and get one with projector lighting already.
I don't really like any model after e46, but the new 2014 3 series body. And that is clearly out of the money range. I'm also looking to spend about $10,000 to make this car more unique to my liking.

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Which OE brand headlights retrofit for a 2001 330i the easiest, if any?

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I went w some retrofits w built in halos which utilizes factors bulbs, used ncs expert to turn off dlr's, and wired the halos to come on w ign and I love the look...and they were relatively inexpensive...under $200.

Search seller. Topline_autopart. On eBay...where I got mine.

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If you are doing a full facelift then get OEM projector headlights off a facelift car.

If not get halogen headlights and click projector retrofit in my sig
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Re: Best headlights' style/quality for a 2001 BMW 330i facelift?

So basically I realized my 2001 330i has Xeon projector lights (as seen in the pic). But the original owner for some reason put two different colors, maybe a 6,000 bulb and a 5,0000 bulb.

Now what should I do now? Should I buy New bulbs only to plug and play or a whole unit with the ballast? How much does the cost range from?

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So basically I realized my 2001 330i has Xeon projector lights (as seen in the pic). But the original owner for some reason put two different colors, maybe a 6,000 bulb and a 5,0000 bulb.

Now what should I do now? Should I buy New bulbs only to plug and play or a whole unit with the ballast? How much does the cost range from?

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I would definitely start by getting new d2s bulbs.
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I would definitely start by getting new d2s bulbs.
What is the different between d2s and d2r? By a untrained eye like myself they look as if they could fit in the same fixture

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What is the different between d2s and d2r? By a untrained eye like myself they look as if they could fit in the same fixture

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D2S is come standard in your car. Get that or a D2C bulb. They will have the correct notches in the right place to fit your projector.

D2R will have a glare shield over the bulb which you don't need and the notches will be in the wrong place.




This bottom picture is a D2R bulb with the glare shield.

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