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D

o you remember when your
BMW had headlights with a
lens made out of real glass?
Perhaps many of you don't because
BMW hasn't manufactured a vehicle
that used a proper glass lens in
almost thirty years. Instead, nearly
every vehicle manufacturer uses
plastic (polycarbonate) headlight
lenses, because they are lightweight, easy to shape, and inexpensive to manufacture. However, you
have probably also noticed that over
time many of these plastic lenses
become hazy and yellow. This
condition results in reduced night
visibility and diminished vehicle
appearance.
The yellow haze that appears
on plastic headlight lenses is often
the result of multiple culprits, such
as UV rays, road debris, salt, and
acid rain. In many instances, the
yellowish haze can be removed by
simply using a headlight restoration
kit. These do-it-yourself kits restore
the damaged surface of the lens and
improve overall clarity. These kits

12

November
DIY at
Bimmer Werks
By Marc Caden

(Top) Bimmer Werks is located in Beltsville, Maryland not far from the
University of Maryland's main campus. (Above) DIY Chair Chris Wootten
found time to do some work on his 318ti.

typically involve using either different grains of sand paper and/or a
cordless drill to polish the surface
of your headlights. I have done this
on several of my own vehicles with
varying degrees of success. These
kits are fairly inexpensive and can
be done in an hour or two. Two
recommended headlight repair kits
are the 3M Headlight Restoration
System (Amazon @ $15.50) and
the Mother's NuLens Renewal Kit
(Amazon @ $19.96).
Sometimes, however, the plastic
headlight lenses are simply too far
gone to restore and need to be
replaced. Such was the case with
the headlight lenses on my 2002
E46 325xiT station wagon. The
corners of the lenses had started
flaking away and could not be
restored. Luckily, with the E46 3
Series, the lenses can be replaced
separately from the entire headlight
assembly. So while buying a pair of
OE halogen headlight assemblies
would have cost me approximately
$900.00 ($450 each), I was able to

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Intro page
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
Join Us at the May HPDE at Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit
2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
November DIY at Bimmer Werks
Driving Through A Looking Glass And Other Strange Sights
December DIY at Craftsman Auto Care
Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
2020 BMW X2 M35: The BMW GTI
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Habit Nine
NEW MEMBERS LIST
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 1
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - THE STEERING COLUMN
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - COMING EVENTS
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 5
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Join Us at the May HPDE at Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - November DIY at Bimmer Werks
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Driving Through A Looking Glass And Other Strange Sights
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - December DIY at Craftsman Auto Care
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2020 BMW X2 M35: The BMW GTI
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Habit Nine
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