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Old 04-26-2017, 10:31 PM   #1
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Stock Headlights, HID from factory?

Hey guys!

Picked up an 03 E46 coupe about a month ago. Headlights are a little screwed up. There's some sort of brown resin around the eyes. I don't know if they're stock or aftermarket. But regardless I'm thinking of replacing them. I've been looking around for some new ones. But a ton of postings say "Not compatible with factory HIDS". How would I go about figuring if my headlights are in fact stock/aftermarket HID or not. Your help is always appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2017, 10:58 PM   #2
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The "brown resin" sounds like burnt bowls, search for that here and you should find some good info about how to go about fixing it
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:24 AM   #3
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I agree with what was said above.

Run your VIN through a vin decoder and you will see how your car was delivered from the factory.
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Old 04-27-2017, 04:56 PM   #4
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If you do have the zkw bowls, check out the RETRO-QUIK: BMW E46 / ZKW HEADLIGHT REPAIR KIT you can get it from here:

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...kw-repair.html
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:25 PM   #5
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imagehost.helluvafast.com/files/2/2/e46HeadlightDriver.jpg These are NOT hid (halogen)

s187.photobucket.com/user/JaredM3/media/DSC_8269.jpg.html These are hid. Notice the little ball, that's a projector. (Hid)

So which one do you have?
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Old 04-28-2017, 07:57 AM   #6
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There's an active recall of ZKW headlamp assemblies.
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Old 04-30-2017, 11:24 PM   #7
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I ran the VIN through a decoder. It said I have factory Xenon. I also checked the pictures posted above and looked at the car. I have the HIDS. Now, is there some sort of refresh kit? Where I can make them pretty much new again?
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There's an active recall of ZKW headlamp assemblies.
How would I go about checking if mine is included?
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Old 04-30-2017, 11:25 PM   #9
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Sorry for all the noobish questions guys. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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How would I go about checking if mine is included?
Type your vin here
bmwusa.com/recall
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:05 AM   #11
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Type your vin here
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Thanks for the link. Nothing about headlights, but I do have a recall for my driver's airbag.
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:29 AM   #12
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Can you post pics of your headlights? You most likely have either Bosch or AL headlights. The brand is on top of the headlight when you open the hood.
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Can you post pics of your headlights? You most likely have either Bosch or AL headlights. The brand is on top of the headlight when you open the hood.
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