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#158 of 229 Nissan's Recent Theft Kit Upgrade (4/29/05)
Apr 30, 2005 (4:54 am)
Recently purchased a 2003 Maxima. Love the car! Live in an area where theft of lights has occurred (Central NJ). Know several people that have had lights stolen. Still purchased the car.
Found out through a technician at my dealer that the thiefs aren't interested in the lights but the "ballast" that turns them on and off.
Nissan has since improved on its first attempt to rectify the problem. It takes about three hours to have done, but it gives me the piece of mind I needed. The "ballast" is removed from the light and mounted into the front bumper. They also protect your lights with a relatively new type of identification called DataDots in case theft occurs and the lights are recovered. (Datadotusa.com) To act as a slight deterrent, stickers are placed on the bulb lens' and front windows. I had it done yesterday.
When it's possible, I try to park in heavily trafficked aisles and back my car in a parking spot to deter theft. Don't think anyone will try to steal the lights if there are many witnesses. Then again in today's world, everyone's eyes are closed!
Regardless of the situation, it's tough to beat the quality of the Maxima when compared against similar vehicles in its class. Bought mine with 18K miles and the saying is true, the Maxima is a 4DSC!!! Good luck to all and hopefully this headlight theft is just a current fad. Anything worth stealing on the new Mustang? LOL
#159 of 229 add me to the victims list
May 07, 2005 (6:55 pm)
well now u can add me to the victims list. I am seeking anyones help. I would like to know the prices on the HID head light system with the special starter and the cost of the 2001 version with the wiring and what not. please please please help me out. i searched ebay and i found head lights for 300s but i doubt its the same. thank you
#160 of 229 Re: add me to the victims list [marteeenez]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 07, 2005 (7:01 pm)
Bummer, Marteeenez. Where are you (or where was the car parked) when the headlights were ripped off?
#161 of 229 Re: add me to the victims list [steve_]
May 07, 2005 (7:18 pm)
it was parked in long island, new york. i have a 1000 deductible so its not even worth issuing a claim with the damn insurance company.
#162 of 229 Re: add me to the victims list [marteeenez]
May 08, 2005 (8:29 am)
Uh, hate to bring bad news, but better get ready to submit a claim. As I recall, the costs of replacement will be in the $2500 range.
#163 of 229 add me to the victims list [marteeenez]
May 09, 2005 (1:50 pm)
marteeenez,you better submit a claim and trade your car in. my headlights got stole twice and cost my insurance to fix $10,000 first time, second time got stole again i just trade in my car without headlights(was estimated $5,000 to fix).
May 13, 2005 (6:54 am)
I hate reading these posts.
I live in Michigan, where this isn't a problem at all. In fact, when I bought the car, I asked them if they'd ever heard of this. While they couldn't vouch for other dealerships, they said, they've never had a single car come in with its headlights ripped out.
I've had my '03 for over 2 years, and even if I did live in NY/NJ I'm not sure I would let this deter me from buying this car. It's as tight as the day I drove it off the lot, and haven't had any issues with it at all.
#165 of 229 Re: Geesh. [perna]
May 23, 2005 (10:31 am)
True. Living in the midwest seems to be disease-free from this epidemic. I am moving to NJ however, and am thinking of either getting the bracket, or just forking over the money for angel eyes or similar replacement so I don't have to deal with this mess hopefully. If there is a suggestion of going with the 2000 model, or some other aftermarket, I'd appreciate it. thanks.
#166 of 229 Re: I replaced my HID's with 2001 lights [erikahn]
Jun 23, 2005 (11:45 am)
Hi, i had my hid headlight stolen also, would like to keep vehicle but change the lights to non-hid and am considering the 2001, please e-mail the info from the Newark and/or queens location so i can find out the price also i'm imagining they did what they needed to do to adjust the wiring to work properly.
#167 of 229 Re: I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP--wavi99/bobfuran/elldogg 1999 by mparis1 [mparis1]
Jun 23, 2005 (11:54 am)
Hi, i had my hid headlight stolen and i've only had the car one month, to avoid this type of headache and expense or trade it in, and having the depreciation value, i'd rather keep the car, with the non-hid headache....do you know where in brooklyn, queens or jersey i can have the headlights changed to a 2001, i know there is a 1/2 to inch gap, which is okay, i'll either add something around it or leave as is...
a name, address, phone number of the place where this can be purchased and installed or even just purchased would be great...Thanks.
P.S. unfortunately, thiefs can be anywhere and take anything...so we shouldn't have to move or pay for garage because of them...i say screw them and enjoy your vehicle...it's frustrating, but that's life.