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Old 11-07-2019, 10:10 AM
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Hey guys, I have a 2006 4.8is. It has the adaptive headlight system and all that fancy stuff. The lenses got pretty cloudy so I wanted to replace them but after looking into prices, I cleaned them up. Now one is broken and won't pass state inspection, so I need to replace at least that one. What are my options? I don't care if they are adaptive or not, I've never even noticed it to be honest. I'd like quality of course. Who has what? Photos or links would be even better! Thanks guys!
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:31 AM
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There are options for early models. For post lci x5's like yours, pretty much just a used set of OE headlights. That's it afaik.Sorry for the bad news.
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Now one is broken and won't pass state inspection, so I need to replace at least that one.
Which one do you need?
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When my UV coat finally left the building my left headlight was as clear as a milk jug within 8 months. When I looked into replacement they were about $125 used (meaning any day they would suffer the same fate).

Looking to 3rd party options I found a set of new lamp assemblies that as a bonus added halo rings for $220 on Amazon. I have a thread here showing the details.

The options were more expensive for post face lift. I would try to find a "defective" assembly from junk yard you can cut the lens off and swap it.
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Which one do you need?
I need the passenger side but I'd like to replace both with better condition ones. They cleaned up decent but still aren't great.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:57 AM
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PORBAO Pair for BMW X5/E53 2000-2006 Headlight Clear Lens Cover Headlamp Clear Shell 4Doors Transparent Lens Cover Replacement (Left Side 00-03) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PRTFDGK..._R6dXDbJ0XCEFH
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I doubt you will find a better solution. They sell them individually. You saw the old lens off and replace.
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Those are pre-lci Andrew. Most economical option is going to be refinishing his, but one is broken. So have to replace at least one. Get as clean a used pair as you can find and refinish those. I've brought my lenses back from the dead and last time used xpel film after lacquer. So far, so good.
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Those are pre-lci Andrew. Most economical option is going to be refinishing his, but one is broken. So have to replace at least one. Get as clean a used pair as you can find and refinish those. I've brought my lenses back from the dead and last time used xpel film after lacquer. So far, so good.
Had one of mine cloud up. did the sand and polish thing and they looked good. I then sprayed it with high gloss 2k clear. That was at least 3 years ago and it still looks great. Buy a pair used, clean and polish then shoot them with the 2k clear. That will be your cheapest route.
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Headlight options

That exact one is pre lci: read the whole product description they show both before and after you have to request which upon ordering


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