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Old 06-10-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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U wanna replace Amber/lens with clear/euro?? 04-06(facelift) 3/M3 2dr/conv

I just had to post this! For those who are obsessed with getting the cleaner more modern clear euro lens style over the Amber!
... For those that prefer the Amber, please do not be offended, it certainly makes it pop more!
.... At any rate I bought the two LED side markers for $25 aftermarket... Which look identical to factory OEM.
.... The taillights: I waited over 2 months for factory OEM from Bavarian auto Recycling, in Rancho Cordova, California, after only receiving one I finally told him to keep the other one and refund the other half of my $293.00, that I paid. Which I still have not gotten... Didn't know they were notorious for this type of behavior.. if I had only check Better Business Bureau and yelp.
.... Ended up buying a new one for only $232 .. To replace passenger side that I never received from the Bavarian auto recycling.
.... HERE IS THE REAL KICKER!!! ( headlamp unit ) FACELiFT!!!
([][][][][][][][][][][][][][]) Don't bother trying to find salvage lenses or buying new ones for thousands of dollars! Simply take your existing headlight units apart and remove the amber corner piece ...leaving only the metallic/mirror corner turn signal area visible through the clear acrylic exterior lens
.... I think it looks great and like new vehicles currently being produced!
....just make sure you purchase an LED or incandescent (Amber) lightbulb (when illuminated.) ...That is pleasing & anesthetic to the eyes since it will be visible through your clear acrylic lens.. Please note; IN certain types of LEDs you may need resistors ,like I did! ..to fool the computer that there is enough voltage being pulled and actually a working lamp there... These are "extremely" easy to install and very inexpensive!
///I have found .. Aftermarket clear reflective plastic lenses that go on the front bumper to replace the amber ones.
... Although, even factory Eurostyle Clear lens models ,have the (Amber) front bumper reflectors..... There about $30 ! so I'm thinking about it! --- kinda expensive /--


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Old 06-10-2015, 08:59 PM   #2
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U wanna replace Amber/lens with clear/euro?? 04-06(facelift) 3/M3 2dr/conv

Ok

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Old 06-11-2015, 12:20 AM   #3
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Sorry, I don't think it looks great.
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:08 AM   #4
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Ok

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Old 06-11-2015, 04:11 AM   #5
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Ok

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Old 06-11-2015, 04:13 AM   #6
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:52 AM   #7
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I left a negative post not because I like to do that, but because I like your "solution" even less.
Sorry for you guys who bought facelift coupes with amber corners and trying to switch to clear ones. The ambers seem to be fewer than the clear ones, but they do exist.

I think the facelift coupe's headlight assembly is beautifully designed - the best looking of all E46 headlights by far. Removing the corner lens just ruins it.

If you can't afford to do it properly, just learn to live with it?
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:23 PM   #8
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:25 PM   #9
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:17 PM   #10
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I will say this...maybe if you wrote your posts in a more reader friendly manner, you'd have more people reading whatever the heck is at the top of this page. I checked out the pics, looks okay, glad you like it. That's what really matters, is what you like, no need bashing someone for not agreeing with your logic.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:15 PM   #11
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:07 PM   #12
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Good lord man your car looks like pile!


J/K

The clears looks fine to me
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:34 PM   #14
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