BMW M3 Headlight Bulb Size

2018 Bmw M3 ChartBulb Number
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam(with LED headlights)
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam(with HID headlights)
Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb
License Plate Light Bulb
Tail Light Bulb
Daytime Running Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
Back Up Reverse Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front(with LED headlights)
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
Side Marker Light Bulb Rear
Stepwell Light Bulb
Cornering Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front(with HID headlights)
Brake Light Bulb(with adaptive lighting)
Brake Light Bulb(without adaptive lighting)

The BMW M3 is the performance version of the BMW 3 Series. It is developed by the motorsport division at BMW. M3 models have been produced alongside every generation of the 3 Series since 1986. The car currently boasts of dynamic all-LED reflector headlights. 

Bulb type used

The BMW M3 uses LED technology for its high beam and low beam headlights as well as its fog lights. Where HID headlights have been installed, it uses the D1S bulb for its high and low beams.

Upgrading from factory bulbs to aftermarket LED/HID

Headlights can always be made to look better and produce more light. This is often through upgrades carried out to improve aesthetics and performance. Most of the upgrades involve installing either LED or HID lights. These are available at an affordable price. There are plenty of aftermarket kits that enhance visibility at night and improve a car’s appearance. 

Advantages of upgrading from halogen to LED/HID 

  1. LEDs and HIDs can achieve light temperatures that match daylight spectrum.
  2. They also last longer with some matching the vehicle’s life. 
  3. They consume way less energy when compared to halogen lights. 
  4. Owners get the freedom to choose from different styles. 

How to choose the correct bulb size

  • Check you factory bulbs

Before throwing away your old bulbs, check to see if they have a part/size number indicated on them. This number shows the size of the bulb you should get to replace your old bulbs. 

  • Contact your car dealer

Reach out to your car dealer to find out what size of the bulb you should get for your BMW M3. You will be required to share your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to make it easier to retrieve the information. 

  • Online search

Our BMW M3 light bulb replacement chart comes with a list of bulb sizes that match your BMW M3. Run a quick check and you’ll see the correct bulb size for your LED and HID headlights according to your M3’s model year. 

  • Vehicle manual

Peruse through your vehicle manual to find out what bulb size you should fit in your BMW M3. Check the vehicle maintenance section to see if this information is provided. 

Installing new bulbs

  1. Turn the wheel located below the headlight you’d like to work on inward. 
  2. Remove the panel that encloses the back of the headlight housing. You should find it right above the wheel on the inner fender liner. Use a coin to rotate the retaining clips. 
  3. Remove the plastic casing that protects the bulb.
  4. Disconnect the power plug and remove the retaining clips that hold the bulb in place. 
  5. Remove the old bulb and replace it with a new one. 
  6. Reinstall the bulb together with the protective casing. 
  7. Remember to put the access panel back on. 
  8. Test your headlights to see if they work. 

Additional equipment

  1. A screwdriver for removing the access panel. 
  2. Gloves to avoid touching the bulb with bare fingers. 

Q&A Section 

How much is a BMW headlight? 

A BMW headlight housing will cost you anywhere from $20 to $3,000. The cost will vary slightly depending on whether the housing comes with bulbs or not. 

How long do BMW Headlights last? 

A typical halogen BMW headlight can last up to 1,000 hours of operation. HID headlights can last twice as much with LED units lasting as long as the vehicle is operational. 


  • E30 generation (1986–1991)
  • E36 generation (1992–1999)
  • E46 generation (2000–2006)
  • E90/E92/E93 generation (2007–2013)

Bulb replacement

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