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BMW E60 Xenon Headlight Bulb Replacement – 2004-2007 5 Series HID

BMW E60 Xenon Headlight Bulb Replacement – 1 Hour

Basic level repair
Repair cost level 1

The BMW Repair Guide used this 2006 530xi touring for the following article.

2006 bmw 530xi touring WBANN73576CN02628

Repair Summary
This article gives detailed instructions on replacing the xenon headlight bulb in a 2004-2007 (pre-LCI) BMW 5 series vehicle with a xenon headlight assembly. Even though we used a 2006 530xi touring wagon to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any BMW E60/E61 5 series vehicle with xenon headlights and a production date up to 3/2007 (pre-LCI) with minor modifications to the repair steps.
Please note that this repair article is only for BMW E60 5 series vehicles with a production date to 03/2007 (pre-LCI) with the xenon headlight option only. Other models use a different bulb and a different procedure for replacing it. If you are not sure of the production date of your 5 series, please check the vin decal in the driver’s side door jamb.

A BMW E60 xenon headlight bulb replacement is an easy repair for the home mechanic that can save a very expensive trip to the dealership.

The BMW E60 xenon headlight option, also know as “bi-xenon” headlights, was available as an option on 2004-2010 5 series sedans and touring wagons. They are called bi-xenon because the xenon bulb functions as both the low and high beam light source in the headlight.

The BMW E60 xenon headlight bulb is located in the outer reflector of the assembly (see image below). When the headlights are on, the bi-xenon bulb can be manually switched between low and high beam by pressing the turn signal lever back and forth. The H7 halogen bulb in the interior reflector only serves the function as a “flash to pass” light when signaling another driver in front of the vehicle – it is not the high beam in bi-xenon headlights.

Bi-xenon headlights on a 2006 530xi touring wagon. The inside halogen bulb only serves as a “flash to pass” light…not a high beam.

In order to perform a BMW E60 xenon headlight bulb replacement, the entire headlight assembly must be removed from the vehicle. There is simply not enough space to get to the rear of the headlight assembly with it installed…even through the fender liner. This should not intimidate the home mechanic in any way – the headlight assemblies are simply held in place with four fasteners and can be removed from the vehicle in about 5-10 minutes. The full step by step procedure for performing a BMW E60 xenon bulb replacement are below, along with a complete parts and tools list for your convenience.

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1. Bi-xenon headlight bulb (required) – Always use an OEM quality xenon headlight bulb in your BMW. Cheap aftermarket bulbs don’t last as long as superior quality ones – the money you save with a cheap bulb can quickly disappear when you have to replace it in 6 months! We give you several excellent choices bsed on your budget and brand preference.

Priced each
Priced per bulb. From their home town in Trier, Germany, Flösser has been supplying automotive lighting products for over 50 years. Their superior OE quality bulbs, fuses, relays and signal horns are used by automobile manufacturers across the globe. Fits all BMW models with HID DS1 xenon lowbeam bulbs.
Priced each
Priced per bulb. For close to a century, Sylvania has been producing bulbs and lighting products for the world. Sylvania still produces OE bulbs found in many of the automobiles on the road today. Fits all BMW models with HID DS1 xenon lowbeam bulbs.
Includes two bulbs
Includes 1 pair of bulbs. When it comes to HID bulbs, Morimoto has always offered the best in the aftermarket, and their latest examples are no exception. When it comes to bang for the buck - nothing compares to the Morimoto XB HID lineup. Compatible with 35W and 55W: The XB's will produce more lumens, last longer, project farther, and look better doing it. Fits all BMW models with HID DS1 xenon lowbeam bulbs.
Priced each
Following the ever-popular COOL BLUE HYPER, Osram has introduced the next generation, OSRAM COOL BLUE ADVANCE. This HID Bulb has a special filling system that produces the mega white light that most auto enthusiasts desire and sought after. Osram COOL BLUE ADVANCE HID bulb has a color rating that is up to 6,000K and has enhanced the brightness that is crucial in having better visibility thus the shorter reaction times compared to standard xenon lamps. Fits all BMW models with HID DS1 xenon lowbeam bulbs.

2. Parking lamp/angel eye bulb (optional) – This pesky little bulb can be tricky to remove with the headlight installed. Since you will need to remove the headlight assembly to perform this repair, now is an excellent time to replace it.

BMW E60/E61 with xenon headlight option - production date to 03/2007
For over 100 years, Hella has been manufacturing superior quality electronic components for the automotive industry.
Factory Part
BMW E60/E61 with xenon headlight option - production date to 03/2007
This is the same factory bulb that would be installed at the BMW dealership


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Section 1 – Removing and replacing the BMW E60 xenon headlight bulb

As discussed at the beginning of this article, in order to replace the bi-xenon bulb the entire headlight assembly must be removed from the vehicle. The good news is this is a very simple procedure – the headlight is held in place with four fasteners. Use extra patience when removing the headlight from the bumber…it tends to get hung up unless rotated out as shown below.

  1. Locate the two upper mounting bolts anchoring the headlight assembly to the frame of the vehicle.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Locate the two upper mounting bolts
  2. Using a T30 torx bit, remove the two upper mounting bolts from the headlight assembly.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Use a T30 torx bit to remove the first upper mounting boltRemove the second upper mounting bolt
  3. Next, locate the inner lower mounting screw anchoring the headlight. This screw DOES NOT have to be removed…only loosened it enough so the headlight can be slipped out from underneath it. Use an 8mm socket wrench to loosen it a few turns. Avoid completely removing the lower mounting screws…they can drop underneath the bumper and get lost very easily.Locate the inside lower mounting screwbmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - The inside lower mounting screwbmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Use an 8mm socket wrench to loosen the inside lower mounting screw
  4. Locate the outside lower mounting screw. Once again, use an 8mm socket wrench to loosen it a few turns.Locate the outside lower mounting screwbmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Use an 8mm socket wrench to loosen the outside lower mounting screw
  5. Grasp the headlight and pull it forward slightly until it releases from the two lower mounting screws.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Slide the headlight forward off of the lower mounting screws
  6. To free the headlight from the bumper cover, rotate the outside corner up as shown below then pull the entire assembly free.Rotate the headlight up and out of the bumper
  7. Remove the main wiring harness from the back of the headlight by sliding its plastic release back and unplugging it.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Slide the wiring harness' plastic locking mechanism back to release it.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Pull the wiring harness free from the back of the headlight assembly
  8. Unplug the second electrical connection on the back of the headlight.Remove the second electrical connector from the back of the headlight
  9. Lay the headlight assembly on a bench so the rear xenon bulb cover can be removed.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Lay the headlight assembly on a work bench
  10. To remove the rear bulb cover, use a flat blade screwdriver to depress the plastic tabs as shown below. Pull the cover free from the headlight assembly.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Use a screwdriver to release the rear bulb cover locking tabsPull the bulb cover free from the headlightbmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - The xenon headlight bulb
  11. Unplug the xenon bulb by squeezing the plug and pulling it free.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Unplug the xenon bulb
  12. Remove the xenon bulb from the headlight by rotating it counterclockwise until it release from the reflector.Turn the bulb counterclockwise to release it from the headlight assembly
  13. Install a new xenon bulb, being careful not to touch the glass bulb with your bare fingers. The oil from your skin can cause it to overheat severely limiting its lifespan.bmw e60 xenon headlight bulb - Install a new bulb
  14. Simply follow the above instructions in reverse to replace the headlight. USE PATIENCE reinstalling the headlight back into the bumper cover. Forcing it in can break the mounting tabs on the bottom of the assembly.
BMW E60 Xenon Headlight Bulb Replacement Finished
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us. And congratulations for Doing It Yourself!

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