Awarded "Australia's Best Luxury Four Wheel Drive” for two consecutive years, the BMW X5 E53 pre-facelift is a mid-sized Sports Activity Vehicle mixing BMW luxury with Range Rover (then owned by BMW) capabilities such as hill-descent control and off-road engine management system. This popular model remained in production between 1999 and 2003. But the lighting technology used in this car is more than 20 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H7/HB3 halogen and D2S/HB3 bi-xenon headlights, both manufactured by Hella.
The halogen version features an H7 reflector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
The bi-xenon setup features a 3.0-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer right to the point where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your BMW X5 E53 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H7/HB3 halogen or D2S/HB3 bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average BMW X5 E53 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your BMW X5 E53 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.