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Old 04-21-2021, 04:23 PM
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Headlight Options?

Hi all,
Was trying to match up new bulbs in daughter's E53 while I replaced A/C compressor & the tab on turn signal socket (in housing) broke off. I refinished the lenses a while back & was uncomfortable with the condition of internal wiring (insulation crumbling), so figure time to replace.

Unfortunately the Hella replacements are no longer an option (backorder, no ETA), and BMW replacements are $600/ea. A quick look at ebay didn't seem to show much available for aftermarket options these days. Just too old now or what? What I need is facelift halogen, not xenon.

Is there something out there I'm not seeing?

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Your other option are the DEPO made aftermarket units, they are sold by many vendors in many different flavors. The do have some that look OEM but have slight differences which when installed on a car with an OEM housing the difference will be apparent.
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Your other option are the DEPO made aftermarket units, they are sold by many vendors in many different flavors. The do have some that look OEM but have slight differences which when installed on a car with an OEM housing the difference will be apparent.
I expected to be finding those, and they were plentiful a few years ago...but not seeing them?
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I have depot lights, had them for about 5 years. The LED angle eyes flicker on and off. The headlights never adjusted high enough, they run out of adjustment.


Bottom line, they are cheap units. Not sure who makes quality lighting.
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Heard nothing good about depot.
I'm also looking for options.
Would love to get something cool, unconventional and functional.
Very nice headlights I saw for X5 were tinted angel lights with white turn signals.
So far the best looking I've seen are these

I'm also looking where to buy a nice set which is ready to go. That means without the need to open them, buy the rings reparation, replace the rings, etc...
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fcpeuro.com claims to have the Hella Halogens in stock for an '05.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/X5...&b=11&d=589&v=
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These anzo lights look nice

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B008CLLYL8/...ERTSJ6VC?psc=1
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Heard nothing good about depot.
I'm also looking for options.
Would love to get something cool, unconventional and functional.
Very nice headlights I saw for X5 were tinted angel lights with white turn signals.
So far the best looking I've seen are these

I'm also looking where to buy a nice set which is ready to go. That means without the need to open them, buy the rings reparation, replace the rings, etc...
I've had plenty of DEPO products across a number of platforms and they all have been very close to OEM quality. That said I've never had anything electronic from DEPO, it has always been just housings with all OEM lamps, drivers, etc.

The lights in the picture are modified "Euro clear" DEPOs or OEMs with the orange turn lenses cut out and red LEDs behind the projector. Awesome mod, always wanted to do this to my Z32.

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I have never held this particular pair but every aftermarket (ebay/amazon) housing I've ever run into has leaked like a sieve and needed resealing before use. Also looking at the pictures of the back its pretty apparent that those are built with inferior materials. I'd recommend the OP to stay away from those.

I just went through the headlight search 6 months ago and landed on sourcing good condition used OEM because the Xenon replacements from Depo are $600 for a set and as you know OEMs are twice that. Everything else I found had terrible reviews or none at all and looked cheap. I was chasing the OEM look though.

My suggestion to the OP is to check out umnitza and unique style racing. They sell the Depos in different flavors and provide warranties.
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fcpeuro.com claims to have the Hella Halogens in stock for an '05.
Yeah, that's incorrect. I had ordered them the day before & was contacted that they were not available. I did find one pair on eBay from Latvia...a good percentage less than OEM, but I believe better quality than chinesium.
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'05 X5 3.0i - Recently acquired for wife & daughter
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