View Full Version : BavAuto vs. eBay tails

02-21-2009, 06:12 AM
Ok guys, could anybody help me on this one? I saw this set of clear led tail lights on Bavarian Autosport:


and then I found these on eBay from a seller called Assembleweb:


They look a lot alike but I was wondering if anybody knows for sure whether they are the same or not?

Also, have anybody from here bought any of them? if so, could you please post a pic of them installed on your car?

Cheers *th-up*

Dado 540
02-21-2009, 06:25 AM
Unless they have "Hella" stamped on them, they are pretty much same crap.
My cousin purchased a pair of tails from eBay for a E38, he hasn't complained. They look decent.

Keep in mind that the white part of the eBay lights may come clear/see through and the reflective
background jagged/pointy, where as the Hellas have the clear part jagged on the inside and the reflector
is smooth. Im not sure if you understand what i mean, but it makes a difference.

02-21-2009, 01:00 PM
Thanks for your input Dado! *th-up*

Now, if I buy Hella LED Tails from 2001+ models, would it fit and install perfectly on a 98' without any retrofitting?

02-21-2009, 01:41 PM
I noticed that the ebay knockoffs are not nearly as bright as the OEM's with regards to the LED Celis part of the light.

If you buy OEM hella's I believe you will have to do some additional wiring, the LED portion of the light does not wire up, you have to add an additional module.

02-21-2009, 04:45 PM
i've seen time after time people buy ebay head lights and tail lights and they all have the same problem they all leak and within a few months there is a huge amount of condensation on the inside.

Dado 540
02-21-2009, 06:32 PM
If you don't mind me asking, what budget are you working with? Because Hellas are gonna be very expensive especially LED Celis.

And as Gamite mentioned i also believe that you will have to purchase a module. Best check with the dealership.

02-21-2009, 08:01 PM
I'm looking to spend around $300-400 which is what that one from BavAuto roughly costs, but that BavAuto one is not a Hella and I was concerned whether the eBay one is manufactured by the same company, in which case it would be a better deal since they are going for so cheap.

Dado 540
02-21-2009, 11:11 PM
Honestly just go with the eBay lights. If you dont like them you can always sell them.
I think eBay lights might even be a direct plug in.

Check this out, its OEM. All you need is the right side and you are set.


02-22-2009, 01:51 AM
Yeah I think I'll just get some used OEM ones and have my mechanic take care of the retrofit installation. Thanks Dado!

The installation needs some wiring work on pre-facelift cars right but in terms of size will they fit in perfectly?

02-22-2009, 04:01 AM
Physically, I would think that they drop right as it's an E39. The 2000 is the same size as the 2001's yet have the older taillights and headlights.

Had a look at the EBAY auction
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/97-98-99-00-BMW-E39-Clear-Red-TAIL-LIGHTS-528-530-540_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1171Q7c66Q3a2 Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3911Q2e c0Q2em14QQhashZitem110354513313QQitemZ110354513313 QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories#ht _6123wt_1831
and the whole taillight unit is powered by incans.

The BavAuto ones are powered by incans all except for the "taillight portion".
The taillight portion of the light is lit by LEDs, the reverse lights and brake lights use incandescent bulbs

That would explain the price difference.