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Hi all,

Per title I have a 2003 E46 330d and I would like to replace the front, rear and side repeater indicator bulbs with silver versions. (i.e. look silver/colourless but flash orange.) I want to use proper bulbs not LED's.

Can you please tell me what the spec of each pair of bulbs are? (e.g. I think the side repeaters are probably 501's?)

Also, are there any tips I should be aware of with respect to swapping the bulbs over? (For example, how do you get to the side repeater bulbs?)

Cheers,
Ben
 

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I think there is a single x-point screw ontop of the indictor light pod itself, just to the rear.

Slacken it off, and the whole lense and reflector (sealed unit) comes out, with the bulb holder attached. Is literally a 1 minute job.
 

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you can always save a few ££ and just give your amber bulbs a light dusting with a can of silver paint, does the same job.
Surely you then wouldn't be able to see the amber indicator flashing which would be an M.O.T failure..

For the amount that a few sets of silver bulbs will cost I wouldn't bother..

I've got Philips silvervision front and back and silvertec 501 side repeater bulbs.. probably didn't cost £20 for the lot..

If your car is a pre-facelift the side repeater lens' just push forward and pull out.. it's like a pressure clip holding it into the arch.. I would imagine facelift models are the same just the lens is a different shape.
 

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I got all my silver bulbs of ebay. Nice and cheap and does the job...:thumbsup

I know of a member on here who painted his bulbs silver with primer. They look the part and shine amber :)

Hope this helps.
 

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So they are lol

tbh i didnt even know what you were going out about when i first read this post,

but i see them yesterday and the pics on there made me understand why you would want them lol
 

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So they are lol

tbh i didnt even know what you were going out about when i first read this post,

but i see them yesterday and the pics on there made me understand why you would want them lol
Sam check out my project thread I have before and after pics of when I changed mine a couple of weeks back. A small cost which makes a big change! :thumbsup:cool
 

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they look good, just purchased them
Be sure to post pics. Im sure they will look 100x better! :cool Most ppl once they see the difference order them straight away :rofl:rofl (I did the same as you!)...:thumbsup
 

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I fitted some of the ones from the ebay store I linked to. They went in fine, work and look good. I'm happy.

One note for those who've not replaced these bulbs before, the front indicators (by the headlight) need to be removed from the car to change the bulb. If you look at the top of the lights you'll see some screws for beam adjustment, but right by the indicator you'll see a screw which you have to slack off (not remove) to be able to withdraw the indicator unit forwards so you can access the bulb behind.

The one's I've not done yet are the side repeaters - because I'm not sure if I have to push them towards the bonnet or the boot to release them. (someone did tell me but I forgot..)
 
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