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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-01-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Headlight and Rear bumper from pre facelift to newer model

I just found a rear bumper that came from an 01 325 and a pair of xenon headlights that came off the same car. I have an 03 325xi and was wondering if those two parts will fit on my car.

P.S It's just the headlamp, no corner lights.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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Headlights won't. I think they changed in late 01 and again in 03. Not sure about rear bumper.

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Old 11-02-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
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Headlights won't. I think they changed in late 01 and again in 03. Not sure about rear bumper.
Is there a way I can retrofit any of those?
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:03 AM   #4
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Headlight and Rear bumper from pre facelift to newer model

Its a different front end. you would have to change your front clip. You're car is considered a "facelift" model while the headlights from the other are from a "prefacelift". Rear bumper should fit perfectly fine. I would say sell the headlights and get some to fit your car.


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Old 11-02-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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You can epoxy facelifted corner lights to the preface headlamp assembly. Do a good job and it may even fit well.

People on this forum don't always like to consider the cheap fixes. The fact of the matter is, do whatever you want to your own car.


Though I'm not positive about the rear bumper, I'm pretty sure if anything, the only thing you will need to fit it to your car is the brackets that go right behind the rear fenders or so that the sides of the bumper slide into. I believe they are either called bumper guide brackets or bumper support brackets. Honestly you may not even need to swap those, but if it looks like the bumper wont slide in properly, that is likely why.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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Though I'm not positive about the rear bumper, I'm pretty sure if anything, the only thing you will need to fit it to your car is the brackets that go right behind the rear fenders or so that the sides of the bumper slide into. I believe they are either called bumper guide brackets or bumper support brackets. Honestly you may not even need to swap those, but if it looks like the bumper wont slide in properly, that is likely why.
The bumper that's on the car now has a part near the end of both bumper for the bolts. The preface bumper doesn't. I'll post some pictures up to show you.
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Does the prepface bumper have something in place of those bolt holes? Like plastic molded on that could slide into the guides mounted on the car?

I've only swapped fronts and thats why I'm making guesses. But I do remember hearing that an early model rear bumper cover can fit a late model fairly easily
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:07 PM   #8
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Does the prepface bumper have something in place of those bolt holes? Like plastic molded on that could slide into the guides mounted on the car?

I've only swapped fronts and thats why I'm making guesses. But I do remember hearing that an early model rear bumper cover can fit a late model fairly easily
The preface bumper has no bolt holes in the same area as the current bumper. Instead there are clips that looks like it should be slided to the guide mounted on the car.
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So then try and slide it onto the guide mounted on the car. And if not, find the proper guide from a prefacelifted car on realoem and replace your existing ones.

Am I missing something?
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So then try and slide it onto the guide mounted on the car. And if not, find the proper guide from a prefacelifted car on realoem and replace your existing ones.

Am I missing something?
I'm gonna try it out tomorrow, I'll let you know how that goes. Thanks!
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