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Old 08-17-2014, 02:51 PM   #1
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Damaged Headlight reflectors - What should I do

So I purchased my 330i on Friday.

One of the things was the warning indicator for the passenger side headlight. Wasnt a deal breaker and I figure it was something I could check out later.

So I decided to take a look today and it appears that the lowbeam socket is loose. I try and tighten it but its a no go. So I walk over to the driver's side to see how it goes on. I try taking it off and without twisting, it pops off.

In my mind, Im thinking that this isnt good. So I go ahead and try putting it back on but it wont go. So I disconnect it and a metal plate falls off. I look at where the bulb goes in and I notice that its melted. FACK.

So it looks like the previous owner or a mechanic didnt put either low beams back in and they were too close to the plastic and melted it. It appears that the driver's side melted so much that the bulb assy will not sit flush enough to lock it into place. From what I read, its just a matter of lining up the tabs and turning from 0 to 1. Thats not happening so I think the reflector is a loss on the driver's side.

I pause and go check the passenger side from the outside and through the lens I can see melting. So both lowbeam reflectors are damaged.

So what are my options? My current

- Not sure if I can get replacement reflectors? Did a quick look but not having much luck yet.
- Since my Halogens are probably done, should I just upgrade to a projector headlight assy?
- Everyone says not to get the depo headlight assy. Genuine pair of new BMW headlights will be over $600. Xenons are $1000 each.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Here is a picture of what Im seeing from the engine bay side. I work on getting a beter pic.
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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BUMP for any input

So heres a quick update. Due to my neurotic brain, I went ahead and found a used halogen headlamp assy (driver side) on eBay last night and ordered it. It is missing a tab but worse case I should be able to keep my assy and swap out the reflector shroud. I need to see how tough this would be.

I didnt get Xenon reflector shrouds since I didnt want to go projector yet.

I also got one and not a pair because the passenger side looks in better condition than the driver side. As well as to not sink so much money into this, if its a loss cause.

One thing I noticed was that the passenger side tabs were missing 2 out of the 4 bolts so I m guessing maybe the previous owner messed around with the headlamps at some point.
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