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    2003 BMW 530iA Sport, Techno Violet

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  1. lufbramatt

    eBay Sport fog lights

    when I replaced mine I found some "JOM" branded ones which had glass lenses. just checked my Ebay history and the part number was JOM 82769. Marketed mainly as E46 M3 foglights so the plastic surrounds are wrong but you just use your original ones and they fit perfectly.
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    Rear imbalance problem

    I know some people rave about it but in my experience Febi suspension stuff is junk. The only brand I've used to fail in less than 12 months on the car- bump stops breaking up, steering rack boots splitting, ball joints falling to bits. Wouldn't surprise me if their shocks are equally as bad.
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    Rear footwell body plug

    What's the condition of the bodyshell around the hole? A couple of mine were like this and by the time I'd cleaned the edges of the hole back to clean metal the new plug was too small. Ended up just welding the holes up with sheet steel
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    Did the adjusters today, now got to reassemble all the bulbs and ballasts etc. Didn’t try separating the lenses. Was fiddly but not hard once I’d worked out what way round the bits needed to sit. Not sure what all the fuss was about certainly not worth replacing the entire lights for.
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    Question for those with Champagne Interiors...

    Mine has got more of a yellow tinge to it. Although it's an Individual with champagne nappa if that makes any difference. not so much beige. sorry about the small person
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    Non Starter 530i Manual

    IIRC Fuel pressure reg is built in to the fuel filter on a 530i (fuel rail doesn't have a return pipe) so kill 2 birds with one stone.
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    Thread bump Meant to do this over Christmas but due to my other car blowing a fuel injector which killed the ECU (So much for Honda reliability!) I couldn't afford to have the E39 off the road. The Honda master technician wasn't too impressed when I said my 17 year old full-of-electronics BMW was meant to the temperamental car! Have ordered a adjuster kit which comes with the little gear wheels and the 3m lens kit. If I can get the adjusters sorted out successfully I will replace all the bulbs in due course.
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    Plastic parts can be vacuum plated, still a common process in the UK. At work we had an Airfix model vacuum plated to use as a trophy at a local place. I expect that the existing plating would have to be completely removed though so not sure that old reflectors could be restored without damage to the optical qualities.
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    The lights on mine were pretty good until recently, driven down scary dark country lanes in wales etc with no issues. That’s why I noticed the change in light output. Do the xenon bulbs degrade over time/use?
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    Checked at lunchtime... adjusters defo both gone. Light innards are all floppy. Good shout Dan
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    Replacing the entire lights not an option at the moment at those prices. Will have a look at the back of the lights to see if anything is loose. Can the movement still be checked with the ballasts in place as I seem to remember the ballasts are attached to the back of the light unit? I have seen some people have been able to do the adjusters from the back of the light without splitting them, need to have a good root around the web for guides. I design model kits for a living so can cope with fiddly assemblies
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    I'm surprised they have both gone at exactly the same time? Due to them both being affected I'm wondering if it's a sensor or the linkage to the suspension going funny. Any recommended sources for the adjusters? are pre/post facelift different? Want to take the lights off the car at some point to polish the lenses up anyway.
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    HID dim beam aim too low

    Have noticed the last couple of nights that the headlights are shockingly bad, both lamps are lit but I'm struggling to see where I'm going on unlit roads. This morning I realised the aim of the lights was way too low. Car is a dec 2002 facelift with factory HIDs which should be self levelling. Where should I start looking here? Both lights are aimed at the ground. Is INPA of any use with this issue?
  14. I'm still with CK on the e39 as they were one of the cheapest (without going with random companies on compare the market with really bad reviews), I think direct line was about £3 cheaper for the same cover, not worth the hassle of swapping. They did try to hike the price of my 2nd car I had insured with them last year, after being very competitive initially. Took my business elsewhere out of principal. Saved a 3 figure sum.
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    Ball joint splitters

    I did mine with no bother using a Franklin TA-330 but some guys have struggled and needed something bigger, I'm not sure if there are different styles of ball joint in use. the TA331 is the bigger brother and has an extension bit in the hinge so it opens wider.