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Old 07-05-2019, 06:48 AM
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Hi, all. First post on the forum. My son has a '08 535i and the lens over the DRL/hi beam has fallen off. It's a really weird scenario and I'm afraid that I'm SOL and will have to buy a new headlight assembly.




I've found one, but I can't figure out which of the numbers on the sticker is actually the part number. I've called my local BMW dealer and was informed 'we don't give out part numbers over the phone'. Any chance that any of you could cross-reference the part and tell me if it will fit? Here's the sticker from the possible replacement. Thanks in advance!!




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Old 07-05-2019, 07:45 AM
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Have you looked at RealOEM? I don't know your son's car's VIN but if you put it in here you could take a look for part numbers. Here's a link to 2008 535i headlight parts: https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/par...BMW-535i&mg=63

That's a real bummer though... as far as I'm aware it isn't actually a high beam or DRL though, it should just be a light that turns on when turning to the right or going in reverse, as a corning light. I believe any headlamp from a 2008 or newer (LCI) 5 series should work.
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:52 AM
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Ok, looks like the part you found is part number 63127045696 which is located on this diagram: https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...13#63127045696. ECS Tuning lists it as being a previous revision of their current light: https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/63127045696/

So that 7044676 at the bottom of the sticker in your image is prefixed by 6312 and you skip what's after the hyphen. At least that's how I'm interpreting this. Again, I think the part you got is probably fine but I wouldn't consider myself an expert on this.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for the quick responses, fellas. The seller indicated that he pulled the assembly from a 2008, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger ($250 with a 30-day guarantee). Paying for a repair (assuming I could even find someone) would probably have been way more, any way.
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:08 PM
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Nice, $250 for a working adaptive headlight is a great deal in my opinion. Those things are close to $1,500 new I think.
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:41 PM
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I thought the same thing. Everything about the current assembly still works, save the lens cover, so even if something craters beyond the 30 days, I essentially have all of the guts I need to repair it. Now, I have to figure out if the tabs off the old assembly can be transferred to the new one. I know the back one can, but I'm not sure about the one closer to the grill. If not, I'll just buy the replacement tab kit for $20 and be done with it.
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kd7iwp is correct. It is a cornering lamp that turns on when the steering wheel is turned to illuminate the roadway in the direction of travel.

I believe only BMW's equipped with the HID projector headlamps have the cornering lamp, as the high beams are integrated into the projector housing. With the regular halogen equipped headlights, that cornering lamp is instead replaced by the high beam assembly.

I too have run into this problem with both headlamp assemblies. It is caused by the disintegrating rubber seals allowing moisture to get inside. With hot ambient temperatures, that moisture eventually turns into steam vapor and dissolves the glue holding that cornering lamp lens in place. With constant road driving vibrations, those lens eventually fall out of their socket, leaving your car with a "popped eyeball" appearance.

I was able to sort of pull both lens back into place and friction-hold with double sided tape or glue using the tiny access port right above each assembly. There is a circular cover you twist off for access. It is not easy and requires tons of patience.
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