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post #1 of 7 Old Jan 4th, 2009, 10:37 am Thread Starter
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headlght assembly 99 lt

has anyone replaced the headlight assembly on their 99' lt . My BMW dealer wants about $800 to replace. Thought maybe someone knows a cheaper easier way .
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Re: headlght assembly 99 lt

Do they want to replace it because it's broken or just fogged up? If it's just dirty I can tell you how to get it clean. It's a tedious process but I was able to clean mine in a couple of hours time.
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Re: headlght assembly 99 lt

Try www.BeemerBoneyard.com, they may have one and they are a member of the site.

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Do they want to replace it because it's broken or just fogged up? If it's just dirty I can tell you how to get it clean. It's a tedious process but I was able to clean mine in a couple of hours time.
Thanks for the reply. The problem is that one of the ground wire connection clips in the headlight assembly has been eatin'up with corrosion and shorted out the lights. The clip is completely gone . Any ideas would be great or do you know any one that has had similar problem and how they fixed it.
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Re: headlght assembly 99 lt

There should be no connections inside the unit itself. Connectors plug into the back of each lamp and are standard automotive connections which you can buy at the local auto parts store. All you need is the ability to solder/splice wiring to fix the problem.
If it were me I would cut the old connections off about 1/2" out so that you can still see the color coding on each wire. You can then buy the replacement connectors, heat shrink tubing, etc. and match them up accordingly. If you are not comfortable with low voltage wiring there are specialty shops who will do this entire project for a whole lot less than $800.00, probably under $150.00 but that's just a guess.
It sounds to me though, like you might be describing the common ground junction which takes nothing more than a few inches of wire and a few new crimp connectors to fix. I would sure get a second opinion before I cough up that $800.00.


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Re: headlght assembly 99 lt

Get another clip ?

Not trying to be smart but I'm not sure which piece you're talking about.

Most of the metal pieces in the headlight assembly should be replaceable.
The housing is plastic and glass..





Try Beemerboneyeard...

If it's the Z shaped clip from the high? beam shown at the bottom of the pic, I just might have one laying around... Not really sure if that's high or low.

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Re: headlght assembly 99 lt

I need to clarify what I told you. The low beam is a standard connection. I've not had my high beam out but suspect it is standard as well although what you get at an auto parts store will probably not look the same.


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