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  1. #1
    Michael Rodgers
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    Default E39 headlight cleaning

    Hi all,

    The headlights on my late 2001 530i Sport are not quite as bright as you'd
    expect from Xenons - especially not when compared to the other E39 we have,
    a 2002 530d.

    I suspect this is becuase 140k miles has taken its toll on the condition of
    the lenses - you can see the shotblasted effect if you look carefully when
    the lights are on.

    Any tips for cleaning this and restoring them to decent condition or is it a
    case of replacing both front light units?





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    Tom Scales
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    "Michael Rodgers" <michael@Nnetwork-SPAMoutheast.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:45a1434f$0$8756$ed2619ec@ptn-nntp-reader02.plus.net...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > The headlights on my late 2001 530i Sport are not quite as bright as you'd
    > expect from Xenons - especially not when compared to the other E39 we
    > have, a 2002 530d.
    >
    > I suspect this is becuase 140k miles has taken its toll on the condition
    > of the lenses - you can see the shotblasted effect if you look carefully
    > when the lights are on.
    >
    > Any tips for cleaning this and restoring them to decent condition or is it
    > a case of replacing both front light units?
    >


    No advice, but remember, Xenons get dimmer over time. May just be normal
    degredation.



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    Dan Buchan
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    "Michael Rodgers" <michael@Nnetwork-SPAMoutheast.co.uk> wrote in message
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    > I suspect this is becuase 140k miles has taken its toll on the condition

    of
    > the lenses - you can see the shotblasted effect if you look carefully when
    > the lights are on.


    Be interested if you find anything out. Mine similarly look to have taken a
    hammering and you can actually see the light being reflected back into the
    housing (just normal headlights these). I can hardly see anything on a dark
    road. I read something about not using polish but I'm inclined to try a bit
    of glass polish on the side to see what happens. Are they made of glass or
    is it something softer?



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    hsg@h-gee.co.uk
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    Default Re: E39 headlight cleaning

    On Sun, 7 Jan 2007 19:00:46 -0000, "Michael Rodgers"
    <michael@Nnetwork-SPAMoutheast.co.uk> wrote:

    >Hi all,
    >
    >The headlights on my late 2001 530i Sport are not quite as bright as you'd
    >expect from Xenons - especially not when compared to the other E39 we have,
    >a 2002 530d.
    >
    >I suspect this is becuase 140k miles has taken its toll on the condition of
    >the lenses - you can see the shotblasted effect if you look carefully when
    >the lights are on.
    >
    >Any tips for cleaning this and restoring them to decent condition or is it a
    >case of replacing both front light units?
    >

    Are we talking about the clear glass covers? If so they are about 23 GB Pounds
    or around $50 each and easy to replace



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