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Old 02-11-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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Is it necessary to take out entire headlight assembly to change xenon bulb?

Hello Everyone,

I have a 2003 BMW 330CI

Is it necessary to take out the entire headlight assembly in order to do this? Or can I replace the bulb with the headlight assembly intact? Thanks
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Should be able to remove the bulb from the back of the headlight. There is a plastic cap covering it, remove it first, then the bulb.


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Old 02-11-2017, 01:07 PM   #3
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The driver side may be a little difficult because the airbox is right behind it, but it only take 3 bolts to remove the headlight. 2 right on top in plain view, and the 3rd secures the bottom of the light, towards the inner side of the light (radiator vs fender).
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Removing the airbox is easier IMO. Two bolts and a clamp. The headlight bolts and can annoying to get to.
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No, you don't remove the headlight to change bulbs.

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:08 PM   #7
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Want to talk about rough? I also have a facelifted X5 with Xenon Adaptive headlights and to replace the D2S HID bulb, it is in a separate covered area of the headlight assembly. The factory directions are to remove the headlight to have access to the screws on the back of the headlight assembly. But with headlight washers, you can not remove the headlight without removing the bumper! There were 4 screws total and I was able to pull it out up against the headlight washer nozzles enough to work through the turn signal void to get to that one screw. What a PITA. All for one bulb... Nice design BMW!
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Old 02-11-2017, 03:16 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone! I was able to get to the xenon bulb without taking out the entire assembly. Those bulbs were going for $99 at Autozone and Pep Boys. So I instead ordered from Ebay for way less. Thanks for the help
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Hope you got some nice brand bulbs and not no-name.
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Order your bulb and parts from FCPEuro. They have a Lifetime Warranty on everything!


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If your cheap $10 Ebay bulb burns out after a few months, get the $50 Phillips from Amazon.
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Amazon has fakes. Buy from Theretrofitsource


People.. stop suggesting amazon/ebay for bulbs. NOT worth getting ripped off. Buy from quality vendors.
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So, you're saying the $57 bulb sold by "Phillips" with 2500+ review is fake?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01317Y612/
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That no, but you never know People have reported many fakes on amazon search around and in the link you listed there are many many inconsistency's in the bulbs pictured by the customers

Btw, that's overpriced.

Here is a pair for $85

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...ips-85122.html

There's a coupon to save some extra money if you dig around online
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