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      02-07-2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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Replacing lenses on OEM xenon headlights

My 330i has a little bit of road rash from the first owner, and although it's not bad, it bothers me and is like to fix the bumper and headlights. The hood and fenders are actually not bad at all...the bumper and lights took the brunt of the rash.

I will be honest-I'm clueless on exactly how to go about refreshing the front end of my car, but I want to keep it stock/OEM as much as possible.

I'm thinking the simplest thing for the bumper is just pull it off and have an OEM respray.

The headlights...that's where I need some guidance.

Instead of buffing/sanding the headlight lenses, I was wondering if it's possible if there is a vendor that could just replace the lenses.

If so, I would also like to know if it's possible to use OEM lenses, or if the only thing that's available is aftermarket (i.e., Depo).

Thanks in advance.
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Not sure of any vendor who specifically removes and replaces lenses.

You'll have a very hard time finding OEM lenses since as far as I know, they are not sold separately. I looked up multiple E90 models on RealOEM but there's not even a hint of a part number for them. It might be possible to use the DEPO lenses, however, I'm not sure of their quality.

It's so incredibly stupid how BMW decided to permaseal the lights like this, not sure what advantages it really gives over the older more easily replaceable style. Not only that, but for my simple non-adaptive xenon's each complete headlight assembly costs over $1,000.
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Yeah it's crazy. It really is way too cost prohibitive to buy a pair of new headlights at $2,300 (@ECS) considering the car isn't worth more than $11,000...and that's on the high end to an enthusiast.

It's a shame, because I love this car, and really want to keep it in as near mint condition as possible.

Unless anyone else has had any luck, I am guessing the only way to remedy my headlight situation is to locate a pair of very good condition/near mint condition used xenon headlights.
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You hit the jackpot. Thanks for the link brother.
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You hit the jackpot. Thanks for the link brother.
You got it! Took me a while of searching USA and international eBay's lol
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I would find a local detailer that refinishes headlights, it should cost about $40.
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Someone needs to come out with a glass replacement
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Thank you! I'm going to try and have mine wet sanded and refinished first though.
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