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Old 01-21-2014, 05:38 PM
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New E70 owner here!

Greetings,
I've been lurking around here for the last week while my wife and I did our car hunting, so thanks already, this place is a great resource.

We ended up purchasing a meticulously maintained 2008 X5 with all possible options. All I have are some cruddy garage pics I took after spending an afternoon on her with my orbital.

I've already blacked out the kidney grilles, plan on doing a few more things like that, too. Though I do have a few questions and I was hoping someone would be kind enough to direct me to the answers which are no doubt already posted, but search has been difficult to work with today.

  • I want to replace the pale yellow "angel eye" bulbs with LEDs that will match the headlights. Is this an easy task, and what's a reputable retailer for such products?

  • Interior LED lighting. Is there a bulb list I can refer to that has the existing bulbs, and recommended LED alternatives for each?

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Old 01-21-2014, 07:26 PM
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Popular replacement seems to be Lux 8 for the headlights
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^ think he meant H8 for the size. I bought angel eye LEDs from a private seller but it was CREE LEDs. I think there are plenty out there that sell them - check ebay. The LUX version 4s are probably the most popular but also the most expensive option. I paid $100 and LUX go for ~$300(?). Either way it's a very simple replacement... twist - remove and replace the cap, and same with the bulb. 5 min job. Bear in mind that due to the design of these halos, the inside pair (closer to the kidney grill) will always illuminate brighter than the outside pair. Even the LUX. Here's a pic of mine: link (not easy getting a good pic that represents the true output).

As for the interior lighting, here was the thread I followed: http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...nse-plate.html but other than led12, it seems the references don't really work anymore. I've emailed v-leds for an updated link as I need a replacement door LED anyway and I'll update if I hear back.
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Mods: Carbon 35 tint, LED angel eyes, GP Thunder 7500k fogs, H&R 20mm/25mm spacers, clear reflectors, gunsmoke-tinted taillights
Coded: Digital speedo, windows/sunroof/tailgate close via keyfob

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Sorry, that's what I meant, H8
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:30 PM
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Thanks for the quick responses, I'll look into these links and let you know what I go with.
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I also emailed BAVAUTO about the under-door LEDs since v-leds never got back to me last time.

EDIT>> guessing it's the led6 but v-leds doesn't use kits. Their leds were integrated into the housing already so it's a straight swap.

EDIT2>> also found this guide: https://www.bimmian.com/elements/pag...IXB/IXB70B.pdf
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Specs: Sport Pkg, Premium Pkg, Tech Pkg, Comfort Access, Aero Kit, Style 433 staggered 20s on Conti DWS
Mods: Carbon 35 tint, LED angel eyes, GP Thunder 7500k fogs, H&R 20mm/25mm spacers, clear reflectors, gunsmoke-tinted taillights
Coded: Digital speedo, windows/sunroof/tailgate close via keyfob

X5 pics at Flickr

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Thanks RH71
Let me know what bavauto replies with, I'm eager to get these swapped out, especially the door courtesy lights, and the old vled link doesn't work and I got lost on their site.

I didn't realize it could be as tricky as it is regarding the lights working whether engine is on/off etc.. Picky electrical system.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:03 AM
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so here's the replies - both for the under-door LEDs:

v-leds
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Looks like it was a 3175 festoon bulb with 4 LEDs.

Here is the 3175 dome like category link VLEDS

Filter results on the left to 5K or 6K white.
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we do not have your car at our disposal to look at, looking at the BMW parts diagram you should be able to use this kit. –Andy

Part Number Description Price
63 12 2 212 787 Small LED Interior Light Package - 4 Piece Set - Genuine BMW $ 79.95
I'm also thinking of doing
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2x Rear above door: BAVAUTO 12 LED
http://www.bavauto.com search for led12
since my kids complain they can't see the seat belt clicker at night.
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Mods: Carbon 35 tint, LED angel eyes, GP Thunder 7500k fogs, H&R 20mm/25mm spacers, clear reflectors, gunsmoke-tinted taillights
Coded: Digital speedo, windows/sunroof/tailgate close via keyfob

X5 pics at Flickr

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Greetings,
...We ended up purchasing a meticulously maintained 2008 X5 with all possible options.
"loaded" or "all possible options" is often said but rarely true. If yours is indeed "loaded" that would be a rare bird indeed. I would love it if you would post your VIN so it can be decoded to see that you really have "all the options"

incidentally, I also have a well appointed '08. But, mine does not have HUD, heated steering wheel, and active cruise control (was that even available?). Have everything else, I think.
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Davidf,

You're probably right, and I've likely assumed. As far as I know, I didn't notice a HUD when I test drove it, though it may have it, I haven't driven it much (wife's car) and I'm not sure if it's something that's been temporarily disabled, or if that's even possible. It does have the heated steering wheel, at least that's what the dealer said, confirmed on the ventilated and heated seats, heated back seats too... No third row seat, however. I'll post the VIN when I get to it later.
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