Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2004 11:54:16 +0200
From: "Mark Gerritsma" <usenetnospamtmfweb.nld>
Subject: Re: Replacing headlight lamp in 2000 9-5

Dave Hinz wrote: >> On a VW Golf you need to remove the battery to replace a headlamp. >> On a VW new Beetle you essentially need to remove the entire >> headlight unit to be able to replace the lamp. Try doing that at >> night in rainy conditions without the proper tools and proper >> lighting. > > Sounds like the sort of thing to look into before buying a car, then. Indeed. But as a frequent visitor of this newsgroup you qualify as a car enthousiast. I don't expect an average consumer to consider this. He only gets annoyed when the light fails and he finds out how difficult it is to replace. A week later he has forgotten all this and happily buys the exact same car again, despite the design flaw. >> Some regulation requiring easy access for lamp replacement wouldn't >> be a bad idea. > > Regulation as an answer? That's insane. Market forces, that's the > way to do it. Well, those market forces have made the VW Golf IV with it's nearly-impossible-to-replace-them-yourself headlights (one of) the best selling car in Europe. I wonder how difficult it is to replace a lamp on the new Golf V. Fortunately, there is a new development in headlight technology. Using LEDs they have developed headlights which should last a cars lifetime. When they start making them in large numbers they will be much cheaper than current HID-lamps, which also last longer than normal halogen bulbs. Mark

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