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#26231 of 32732 Re: The Line-Up Shuffles(Again)... [isellhondas]
Jul 18, 2012 (10:31 am)
Frankly, I think its a very odd detail to even care about. And let me note that I live in a very rural area with many unlit streets and many deer. I don't notice a big enough difference in the lights to let it dictate a buying decision or to even add several hundred dollars to a car purchase. I didn't even know the last 3 purchases came with HIDs until driving them at night for the first time.
#26232 of 32732 Re: The Line-Up Shuffles(Again)... [isellhondas]
Jul 18, 2012 (10:43 am)
I have to wonder if that car was flood damaged or something. Complete lighting system failures are almost unknown. Maybe it was built on a Friday evening and someone was headed to Oktoberfest. And the dealer must have seen a sucker, too.
Regarding xenon/HID (soon to be LED and laser), I like them a lot. Have never had an issue, they light better, and look cool.
Speaking of car buyers...last weekend I had visited the local MB dealer, not shopping, just seeing if anything weird was laying about. Saleswoman talked to me a bit, swooned over my car, asked if there was anything I was looking for - so I listed off the weird color P2 diesel car that will end up on a results-free search as it would no doubt be special order. Anyway, she called me the other day and asked how much I would want for my car if I was to sell it. Kind of funny.
#26233 of 32732 Re: qbrozen - 540i [nyccarguy]
Jul 18, 2012 (10:37 am)
I thought those wheels were standard with the Sport pack?
I bought it with 142,800 or so, per the carfax.
These are quite reliable (plenty with over 200k out there), but there are key problem areas that could give out at any moment. One being the cooling system, which I've taken care of at least for another 50k or so, I'd hope. The other is the plastic timing chain guides. If/When those go .... oh boy! And just preventatively replacing them is a huge job.
I'll let you know what it cost me per month after its gone. I do have over $7k in it (not counting my labor), so it won't have been a free ride.
Jul 18, 2012 (10:58 am)
We've got tons of deer and very dark roads where I live in Connecticut. I LOVE how the Xenon Lights on my BMW turn dark roads into daylight. The ones on my BMW swivel too.
#26235 of 32732 Re: qbrozen - 540i [qbrozen]
Jul 18, 2012 (12:16 pm)
well, I was just about to shoot you an offer until you mentioned plastic timing gear parts.
I would actually be a good candidate for this, since I will likely put very low miles on it. Mostly around town, with an occasional modest size trip. 5K/year would probably be pushing it. Could be more like 3!
as to HIDs, not a deal breaker to me. Our Acura has them, and I don't think they light up the road any better than my Volvo (normal lights). Plus, it is only high beams, right? The HBs on my S40 look like landing lights from an airport they are so bright and how far they project.
certainly better than the old dim sealed bulbs on the bombers I drove as a kid.
#26236 of 32732 Re: qbrozen - 540i [stickguy]
Jul 18, 2012 (12:45 pm)
Plus, it is only high beams, right?
I think it is the opposite. That is how it seems on my Buick. I don't think they are anything to brag about. They are bright and mine turn with the steering wheel, but it certainly wouldn't be a deal breaker without them.
I don't know if anyone here remembers but the early 2000s Maximas and Infiniti I30s were notorious for having the Xenon headlights stolen.
#26237 of 32732 OK, time to get my CCBA card stamped...
Jul 18, 2012 (1:13 pm)
More news as it becomes available...
#26238 of 32732 Re: OK, time to get my CCBA card stamped... [roadburner]
Jul 18, 2012 (1:18 pm)
You are going to MAKE US WAIT?
I know you got the 328i!
#26239 of 32732 Re: OK, time to get my CCBA card stamped... [nyccarguy]
Jul 18, 2012 (1:27 pm)
COME ON! We want details!
Was it the 328, or did the wildcard Countryman come back into play?
#26240 of 32732 Re: qbrozen - 540i [stickguy]
Jul 18, 2012 (1:53 pm)
On the E39, the xenons are only on the low beams, but they remain on when you switch to the high beams. Illumination from the xenon low beams (alone) is OK but not great, but then again, I have them aimed pretty conservatively after repairing the headlight adjusters and readjusting them.
The E39's high beams are the best I've seen on any vehicle.