So, one of my main criteria when looking for a MINI a while ago was that it had Xenon headlights, while I had to settle for a 2003 model because that was what I could afford, I have always wanted the headlights from the 2005/2006 models.
The other day, I was able to find some on ebay, and finally settled with the guy for 550.00 for the pair, shipped. Quite a deal seeing as that brand new from the dealer they cost 800.00 EACH. As you can see, they are pretty much in like-new condition (they do need a cleaning though)
My originals were a reflector type housing, while the newer models adopted a projector style housing.
Left is the old, right is the new:
Overall, there is a much sharper cutoff, and a better quality of light coming out of the headlamps. Definately a project that was well worth the money spent!