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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sun, May-04-2014, 02:41:07 AM   #1
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Default Best D2S bulb for e46 M3

What do you fellow e46/M owners recommend for the best 5000k replacement bulbs D2S For our car? & where to purchase please . Tired of my headlight flickering
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The Osram CBI Xenarc bulbs. Those are hands down the best bulbs you'll find I did tons and tons of research since I was recently in the same boat having to replace my factory bulbs. The light output on these things is phenomenal!

TRS and Lightwerkz will also tell you as well they are arguably the best replacement bulb you can get for D2S applications.
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The Osram CBI Xenarc bulbs. Those are hands down the best bulbs you'll find I did tons and tons of research since I was recently in the same boat having to replace my factory bulbs. The light output on these things is phenomenal!

TRS and Lightwerkz will also tell you as well they are arguably the best replacement bulb you can get for D2S applications.


This. And buy from TRS - I bought from a "genuine" source from eBay and OSRAM themselves confirmed they were fake.

99.9% positive seller ratings... looked nearly identical... but paranoia made my contact OSRAM before I installed them.

I LOVE my OSRAM bulbs.


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+1. Osram 66240CBI is the best bulb I've used, hands down. Little expensive, but you shouldn't have to replace them more often than every couple years






This is probably the cheapest price (Sylvania = Osram fwiw)
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+1. Osram 66240CBI is the best bulb I've used, hands down. Little expensive, but you shouldn't have to replace them more often than every couple years

Amazon.com: Sylvania D2S SilverStar High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulb, (Pack of 1): Automotive

This is probably the cheapest price (Sylvania = Osram fwiw)
There is a seller in the UK on eBay I got mine from who sells them go $95 for a pair including shipping to the US. They are 100% authentic as well!
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There is a seller in the UK on eBay I got mine from who sells them go $95 for a pair including shipping to the US. They are 100% authentic as well!
95 a pair? Damn they've come down. I paid $200 for my last pair
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+1. Osram 66240CBI is the best bulb I've used, hands down. Little expensive, but you shouldn't have to replace them more often than every couple years

Amazon.com: Sylvania D2S SilverStar High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulb, (Pack of 1): Automotive

This is probably the cheapest price (Sylvania = Osram fwiw)
Should I buy here on amazon or ebay:

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=191121192123

Amazon ones look more authentic & up to spec I guess
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I take back what I said.

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I got mine at khoalty, bright as hell and really nice color. Can't beat the price either $25 for both.
BTW, there are a million billion trillion threads on this and a million trillion zillion opinions on it. in the end IMO, it seems you are paying for the name most of the time with these.
I mean NINETY FIVE DOLLARS for a bulb? These aren't exactly complicated pieces of equipment you know?
Actually they are quite complex. And having used my fair share of aftermarket and name brand bulbs, there absolutely is a difference. Even the "normal" name-brand bulbs are much better than the generic crap you can get online. The CBI's are a step above
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Actually they are quite complex. And having used my fair share of aftermarket and name brand bulbs, there absolutely is a difference. Even the "normal" name-brand bulbs are much better than the generic crap you can get online. The CBI's are a step above
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