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#11 of 40 Automatic lights
Nov 09, 2006 (10:36 pm)
I'm a happy owner so far (or my wife is) of a '06 Pacifica signature series.
The car has very good ride and enough oomph in the engine. Surely you always want more but it has enough.
The only 'complaint' I have is that this fairly high prized vehicle does not have automatic running lights. I did have the daytime driving lights turned ON (country code Canada) but it just amazes me why it is not standard on all Pacs to have true automatic lights, i.e. the ones with daytime driving lights that automatically change to dark time running lights as the sun sets down.
That is all I would improve by my 4 month experience so far.
#12 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [arrie]
Nov 11, 2006 (12:25 pm)
hmmm... ours has them. I'm not sure if it was an option or park of a package or what. Ours is pretty well loaded, but its not a Limited.
I wouldn't expect it to be standard on all pacs because the base model is actually a pretty inexpensive vehicle.
#13 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [qbrozen]
Nov 11, 2006 (5:28 pm)
qbrozen, I think arrie was referring to standard daytime running lights in addition to the automatic headlamps. Higher trim pacs (including the Signature Series) all have automatic headlamps but they don't come on when it's light outside. I believe arrie was talking about having them come on as daytime running lamps and then switching to reg lamps upon dark. By having your dealer program the computer for Canada the daytime running lights will work but I thought that just meant your car's headlamps will be on at all times. Arrie, are you saying DRL's use a different set of bulbs in the cluster?
#14 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [chris5639]
Nov 12, 2006 (9:50 am)
What I'm talking about is that this Signature Series that I have does not have any kind of automatic lights as it came, i.e. no daytime driving lights or automatically working head lamps that would turn on automatically when it gets dark. This disagrees with your statement of higher trim Pacs (including the Signature Series).
The only automatically working light now is the daytime running lights that I had turned on by the dealer. That fix is the country code setting 'Canada'. I believe in Canada daytime running lights now are mandatory in new cars so that function is built in all Pacs. They just don't enable it for U.S. market. But it can be as was done to my Pac.
Daytime running lights use the high beam bulbs but with reduced voltage so they are quite dim even in dark. But they are on and make car more visible in daytime driving, which is the whole idea.
The higher trim Pacs as I have should come with automatic head lamps that turn on at dark. Some packages have it but amazingly Signature Series does not.
#15 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [arrie]
Nov 12, 2006 (2:40 pm)
I have 2005 signature series and car come with automatic head lamps that turn on at dark.What year You got?
#16 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [prawiepaw]
Nov 12, 2006 (11:22 pm)
Mine is 2006.
#17 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [arrie]
Nov 15, 2006 (10:24 am)
I hate automatic headlights and DRL's. It's just my preference, though. As long as I can disable both of the features, I don't care if my vehicle has them. One ov my vehicles has just autolamps and I never use it. Another vehicle I owned had DRL's that I was able to disable.
I cannot remember if my 2004 Pacifica had autolamps or not. A quick check of the owner's manual should help.
#18 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [arrie]
Nov 17, 2006 (8:47 am)
Arrie, I'm guessing you have the FWD Signature Series. I read in my Sig Series brochure and only the AWD models come with auto headlamps as part of the pkg.
#19 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [chris5639]
Nov 17, 2006 (6:59 pm)
Yes, mine is FWD as in Louisiana you really do not need AWD.
It just doesn't make sense that the vehicle manufacturer does not think that FWD vehicle drivers might benefit from automatic head lights also. It does get dark down south at night time also.
I have a '04 Tahoe and it has totally automatic driving lights. Daytime driving lights are ON at all times when you drive it unless you choose to turn them off. At dark head lights come on automatically.
Some people think it is waste of money to use driving lights during daylight driving as you do not need them to see your way but at the same time these people forget that you also need to be seen in traffic for others to know you are around. Daytime driving light do a great service for this and automatic lights even more when they come ON when the driver just forgets or chooses to turn them on too late.
#20 of 40 Re: Automatic lights [arrie]
Nov 18, 2006 (2:28 am)
I can (maybe) see not having automatic headlights available on a base model to differentiate it from the upper trim levels. But not being able to add it to the FWD Touring models is just a ridiculous marketing decision IMHO. Cars costing far less than a Pacifica have this option available.