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Old 01-13-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Headlight Overhaul...back to OEM help

I recently purchased an 04 325Xi sedan in fair shape and runs well. However upon further inspection (too late to do anything about) I found out the Xenons are not OEM (sorry little chance for research prior). The headlight units appear to be DEPO (DEPO logo on lense) and what I would consider terrible replacements. The male OEM high beam socket did not even fit the DEPOs. The prior owner just let them hang in there and I had to jerryrig them (quite geniously I must admit) just to stay secured. The balast and ignitor are DDMs. The lights work fine without the many times posted warning lights problem. The light pattern produced by the elliptical lense is poor.

Here is my situation. I have obtained some very nice OEM xenons that are complete with balast and ignitor. However they are from a coupe model as far as I can tell. If the answer to the following questions are "yes" then I am going to "reinstall" the OEM xenon upgrades.
1. Since the coupe headlamp is different shaped with a resultant different shaped turn light and trim peice, will the coupe front turn light and trim peice fit the sedan?
2. If not, are the proper fitting OEM xenons plug and prey?

If the answers to the above are yes..then I am on my way with the project. If not then I will have a pair of new coupe xenons for sale.

Your comments are greatly appreciated
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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Coupe turn signal won't fit. What you can do however is swap the outer lens and inner trim if you want to use coupe headlights (just make sure they're the screw-in type housings).
Proper xenons aren't plug and play. You will have to get your car coded and then do wiring to enable the highbeams (I'm assuming your car was never fitted w/ factory xenons).
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