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Weak headlights on BMW 520D
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My wife drives a banger because if I get her anything decent she's always scraping it on gateposts and in car parks.
It's a 2007 BMW 520D with 300,000 miles on the clock.
It suits her perfectly as it's still going strong, is comfortable and she can scratch away at it to her heart's content.
However one problem of such an old car is the headlights are very weak. The actual glass is frosted from age and the bulbs emit quite a weak beam.
I know it's possible to get headlight restoration kits but I don't really have the patience for that.
two options - is it worth picking up whole replacement units from a scrapyard or can you simply buy much more powerful halogen or LED bulbs to replace the originals ?
Thanks for any help in advance.
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You can also get better bulbs such as Osram Nightbreaker which avoids the complications of LEDs etc. just going through the same issue with my 24 year old Boxster. Currently like being illuminated by two candles.
If you want a compromise I'd suggest the ultralife version
Serious question, if as you say she is doing that to your gates and in the carpark, the insurance for claims by others must be high. Why not get her a smaller car that she can manage to get into carparks, drive wihtout accidents and at the same time thse smaller, newer cars will be much easier to drive, cheaper to run and most likely have better lights?
I did the four of these in less than an hour. Pic after the first one was done.
Then its likely just a set of upgrade bulbs it needs.
If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.