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Old 01-02-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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headlight question for 325xi

so my headlights for my 2003 325xi are really cloudy and im looking to replace them with some new ones....can you guys point me into the right direction in terms of getting the best bang for my buck. Im looking to purchase online or maybe anywhere in the Ny/Li area.

im looking for a fresh stock look.


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Old 01-02-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Get the lens covers from khoalty, you will be happy.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:36 PM   #3
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$75 will buy you brand new headlight lens covers.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:49 PM   #4
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anybody have any pics of these things? are they even worth it?...wat are the pros and cons?i was thinking about just a whole new set
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:02 PM   #5
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I don't have pictures but have seen it installed in a couple of friend's e46's personally. If it just the lens that is cloudy for you then why not swap just the lens. The whole setup will just make you a little more poor and yield the same results.

Not sure if your projectors are cloudy (if you have xenons), if thats the case then you might want to swap the internals as well. Trying to save you time and money sir, to swap the lens only, the headlight doesn't even have to come out of the car.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #8
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ima post pics of my lens...they look straight up dirty/cloudy...idk if that will work

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Old 01-02-2012, 08:44 PM   #9
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Mine are pitted and when looking at them from the top appear to have stress cracks that you can't see straight on. I was thinking about getting a set (don't forget the seals!) as my new V2s would look SO much better. But I'll wait until Spring... I have a ton of DIY stuff waiting until then.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #10
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wat are the seals??? and howcome there 40 bucks...

i dont get it...u buy these things and then you attach them onto ur headlight?
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There are a few things you need to snap off... But yes... The headlight lens actually seperates from the front of the car. I don't know if anyone has ever reused their seals... I suppose you could if you were careful taking them out. There are some DIYs around to show you how to swap lenses... Looks at the "angel eyes" diys around the web... You'll see... Takes about 5 minutes each side... If that.
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wat are the seals??? and howcome there 40 bucks...

i dont get it...u buy these things and then you attach them onto ur headlight?
The lenses are the part that you can see which are typically pitted, faded, or yellowed. The seals are the things that go between the plastic lens and the plastic housing of the headlight, a lot of people have issues with condensation or water getting in the headlight, so much so that it's visible through the lens, replacing the seals with OE replacements will fix any water or moisture problems you have!
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The lenses are the part that you can see which are typically pitted, faded, or yellowed. The seals are the things that go between the plastic lens and the plastic housing of the headlight, a lot of people have issues with condensation or water getting in the headlight, so much so that it's visible through the lens, replacing the seals with OE replacements will fix any water or moisture problems you have!
wow, great find. I was looking at my new corners and old covers think they dont match.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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so at the end of the day wats better in terms of the look of your car?.....lens?....sandblasted?...or purchasing a new headlight?
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You don't have to remove the headlight to replace the lens on a facelift 325? A DIY on this available?
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so at the end of the day wats better in terms of the look of your car?.....lens?....sandblasted?...or purchasing a new headlight?
Purchasing a new headlight because your lenses are pitted is like buying a new car because the front bumper got scuffed.

Replace the part that needs replacing...in this case, the lens, like people are pointing out. The headlights will look brand new.

In the event that you have water in the headlight that has caused the chromed-look finish to flake off or something like that, then just lenses will not help you. But if you just have pitting or clouding on the front of the headlights, new lenses are all you need.

I'd highly recommend getting some Lamin-X film to cover them, that way they don't get pitted again.
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