This article gives detailed instructions on replacing the xenon high/low beam, angel eye, parking light and turn signal bulb in an E53 X5. Even though we used a 2005 X5 3.0i to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any 2000-2006 X5 vehicle with minor modifications to the repair steps.
A BMW E53 headlight bulb replacement requires removing the headlight assembly from the vehicle.
We get a lot of "donor" vehicles here at the Repair Guide; our wonderful local BMW enthusiasts allow us to perform repairs on their vehicles so we can post the articles on our site. Sadly we encounter a lot of repairs that could be avoided...especially when it deals with headlights.
One of the most abused parts we encounter are the headlight assemblies...especially on 2000-2006 X5 models. Home mechanics will try and replace the bulbs without properly removing the headlight assembly from the frame, snapping off plastic covers that seal the light allowing moisture to enter. When they soon realize they can't get the bulbs out (or back in) with the lights installed, they cause further damage by incorrectly trying to extract the headlight from the vehicle. We have repeatedly encountered over the years the carnage left behind by frustrated BMW owners who have tried to force the headlight out of their X5's.....breaking brackets, losing mounting screws, and stripping wires. It's easy to find the battle scars on a X5 headlight that has been brutally forced out of the vehicle.
You must remove the headlight assembly from 2000-2006 X5 vehicles to change the bulbs. We can't be any clearer than that. Even the angel eye and parking lamp bulbs, which enticingly look easy to access with the headlight installed, can become a nightmare to replace unless the assembly is sitting on a bench in front of you. With a little practice, the X5 headlight assembly can easily be removed in under 10 minutes.
This article covers replacing all of the bulbs in the 2000-2006 X5 headlight assembly, including the "bi-xenon" high/low beam, angel eye, parking lamp and turn signal bulbs. Although you may be referring to this article to only change one of the above bulbs, the BMW Repair Guide strongly recommends replacing all of them while you have the headlight removed from the vehicle. Bulbs are relatively inexpensive, and if one is burned out it won't be long till the others follow. We give detailed step-by-step instructions below in removing the headlight and bulbs.
Please also see our YouTube video on replacing the headlight bulbs in your 2000-2006 X5.
Fits E53 X5 series vehicles
Hella produces OEM quality replacement bulbs for all BMW vehicles. The BMW Repair Guide strongly recommends replacing both angel eye bulbs when repairing your headlights. If one is bad...the other is probably not far behind.
Fits E53 X5 vehicles with xenon headlights
Phillips manufactures factory-quality headlight bulbs at a fraction of the cost of Genuine BMW. Always replace both xenon bulbs...if one is burned out, the other isn't far behind!
Works in many different BMW models
Sylvania bulbs are OEM quality replacements for all BMW headlights.
Turn signal bulb 2000-2006 X5
The S8 wedge base bulb is typically used in the front turn signals. Always replace both turn signal bulbs...if one is burned out the other isn't far behind.
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