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Old 11-17-2017, 09:18 PM
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Courtesy lights: thought it was a euro thing?

I was under the impression the two headlight switch positions to the left of center (the left and right independent marker light functions) were not functional on US models... but I just noticed the other night that on my 300CD (123.153 number 000001) they're functional. Am I wrong or is this an anomaly?

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Old 11-17-2017, 09:39 PM
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They work on my '86 SDL. The US models lack the "city" light in the headlight cluster. Not entirely sure what it's for, but the other functions should still work as intended.
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:56 PM
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Ah, I see. What, exactly, is the "city" light?
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:11 PM
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Am I wrong or is this an anomaly?
You're wrong.

The use of standing lamps is covered here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DT5GmGTRMY

City lights are low output lamps in the headlight unit used (in lieu of normal headlights) for driving in well-lit European cities.

Example:

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/uploads19/IMG01309+20111111+08031321002396.jpg
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:16 PM
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Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:42 AM
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Angry

And they used those to fail my inspection once in Virginia.
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Old 11-18-2017, 03:26 AM
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They work on my '86 SDL. The US models lack the "city" light in the headlight cluster. Not entirely sure what it's for, but the other functions should still work as intended.
The "city lights" are the equivalent of "park lights" in North American (NAM) cars.

The OP's standing lamp functionality (two clicks left of center) is not differentiated between NAM cars and ROW (rest of world), except the US cars had a built-in redundancy in the form of lens reflectors required by DOT (which ROW market cars did not have).
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:26 AM
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IIRC city lights are to ROW what front corner lamps as park lights are to the US. ROW front corners are only turn signals to ROW.

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Old 11-18-2017, 11:34 AM
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Good to know. Informative video, too.

Interesting how ours brothers across the pond feel differently about vehicles and driving.

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