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Old 10-15-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Head Light mounts

I Have a 2003 FDTS40 VIN 18XF4FM2X31174777 ALPINE COACH

I am having a problem adjusting the headlamps and keeping them adjusted.
The adjustment screws don't function etc.

Is there anyplace to buy new housings?

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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Suggest new after market units [total replacement with haloes and LEDs] for about $170. Check out Amazon or Ebay for BMW, 5-series, E39 lights, 1997 thru 2003.....
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:29 AM   #3
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If you Google BMW headlight adjustment, you will find:

1. You need to turn both adjustment knobs the same amount. One is not vertical and the other horizontal. They are designed to move up and over at the same time.

2. Broken adjustment mechanisms is a common problem. (Probably due to 1 above not being followed.)

I agree with Old Scout. Replace them, then follow #1. Adjustment procedures are available online. Google BMW E39 headlight adjustment.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:41 AM   #4
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If you don't want to replace, just glue them. Did that many years ago.

One of these days I will get new ones. Mine are pretty cloudy, but I seldom drive at night. I like to be someplace parked at cocktail time.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:07 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the responses.
Now I know that the lamp assy.'s are as noted BMW units.
Are the main bulbs the new bright blue ones or the white std. bulbs?
I understand the halo rings and LED's.
Which one have the "OLD fashions clear/white bulbs?
It looks like the ebay "1997-2003 BMW 5-Series E39 HeadLights Front Lamps LEFT+RIGHT Side 98 99 00 01 02" for $131.99 are that.
How does the plastic covers over the lamps come off?
It looks like the housings should just replace the ones in the coach?

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Old 10-17-2014, 08:24 PM   #6
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Single unit--mounting brackets, housing, bulbs, front lens are all one assembly.....
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Thanks Old Scout.
Then is the front plastic lens also from BMW?
If so which model as I haven't seen the BMW one WITH the front plastic lens/cover.

Or can the lens be removed and put onto a new housing? OR?

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I am confused--if you have a 2003 [like mine], then the headlight assemblies are in one piece. Only the older 98-99 era coaches had outside lens covers??????
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My coach head lamps appear to have a one piece plastic "cover" over the entire housing.
ie, both head lamps and turn signal.
The BMW lamp thru the above link doesn't appear to have "that" cover.
Thats why I am asking if the "cover plastic" can be removed and put on a new housing?
My housings are so bad that I have ties to hold the lamps.
I have pictures but haven't figured out how to attach them to these messages
If its acceptable to you send me your email address to jeskehomes@sti.net and I will send pictures of my lamp housings etc.
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Question--do your lights look like the ones pictured above in my post?--your VIN indicates yours is an 03] but has someone already gone to after market lights. If they look like the above picture--they are a single assembly -- no cover...."a picture would be worth a 1000 words"
PS--sorry but I dont use MS email.....how about earthlink?
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Almost.
HOW DO ATTACH THE THUMBNAIL TO YOUR POST????
If I could do that I can send you a picture
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You have to click the "go advanced" button and then click on the paperclip along the top row to add attachments.
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Thanks
I hope that the attachments are clear
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Thanks
I hope that the attachments are clear
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