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Any info on adjusting headlights height wise on 2006 parklane cooper would be appreciated.

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Depending on what your headlights are, they may be self adjusting. Best to take it to a garage that can set your headlight aim to the required regulations for where you live. In the old days of decent workshop manuals one could buy over the counter, they used to give you the height and focus point for each headlight that you could mark on a wall with your car a set distance from the wall. Then you could adjust the vertical and horizontal settings so that your light would be shining right on the focus mark on low beam. Some even had the settings for High beam. Sadly, manuals these days don't cover this (like gearbox and differentials) so your only real way to set them correctly is to take it to a garage that has the adjusting lens to check your headlights. If you adjust them incorrectly you could be blinding oncoming traffic and cause an accident.

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If they are xenons, then they self adjust. However, you can set the base height and direction by turning a couple of screws located on the back of each headlight.
See this thread for a picture: Adjust height of facelift R53 xenon headlights - North American Motoring

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Attached are 2 x PDF files generated from the BMW TIS on headlights, as mentioned before, if your going to change either the horizontal or vertical aim, be very aware that you may blind oncoming traffic if you aim your lights as to what you perceive to be adequate to what you require and not what the road regulations dictate. Nothing ****es me off more than being blinded by oncoming traffic with badly adjusted headlights. You would be far better taking the car to either a dealership or indy garage with the correct equipment and have the lights correctly aimed. Once that is done, take the car home, drive it onto a level surface and perpendicular to a wall at 5meters, turn the lights on to low beam and mark the wall where each light beam hits the wall. Take measurements and mark a centre line and the exact location of your car so should you wish to recheck at a later date, you can duplicate all the required parameters.
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