Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help



Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Discussions > Off-Topic Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-25-2009, 10:47 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 5,449
Where did the amber tailights go?

A few decades ago, many foreign cars used to have amber rear turn-signal lights, but were required to have them in red for the US. I've seen a number of 60s-vintage classic imports at shows, where the owners installed Euro taillights, with amber turn-signals.

By the late 60s, there was apparently a rule change, and the imports, as well as many US cars started having amber rear turn signals.
I remember in the early '70s, a friend had a '68 Volvo 145 wagon with the red rear turn-signals and he broke a taillight, But even then, those early Volvo 145 lenses were very hard to find in junkyards, and the dealer only carried the updated amber versions, so if my friend decided to get a new lens, he would need to buy a pair!

Now I'm noticing cars since about 2000 have gone back to the red rear turn signals.
For example - my 98 Nissan Altima has red/clear/amber tailligts, but the nearly-identical 2000 or 2001 version has red/clear/red taillights.
So does someone know why? Was there another rule change, or (as I suspect) is it a cost-cutting thing?

Happy Motoring, Mark

__________________
DrDKW
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-25-2009, 11:23 AM
toomany MBZ's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: central Va
Posts: 7,820
Style?
__________________
83 SD

84 CD
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-25-2009, 03:15 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 5,449
Can't imagine all the carmakers would change their taillight colors just for style. I thought maybe because it costs them more to make a lens in three colors than in two.

Happy Motoring, Mark
__________________
DrDKW
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-25-2009, 07:17 PM
toomany MBZ's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: central Va
Posts: 7,820
Follow the leader, European cars are starting to look like they've been designed in Asia.
__________________
83 SD

84 CD
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-25-2009, 07:28 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 5,449
I'm noticing the amber-free tailligts on such diverse vehicles as Toyota Highlanders and Ford Explorers. I'll need to pay attention to higher-end makes and see if they are doing the same.

Happy Motoring, Mark
__________________
DrDKW
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-25-2009, 11:10 PM
I miss my MBZ
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 531
I thought it was a US / styling thing....I think (?)

In europe - you must have amber turn signals (?)
In the US, turn signals can be either red or amber (?)
Since its cheaper to make 2 colors than 3, manufacturers are making red turnsignals whenever they can (?)

-John

__________________
2009 Kia Sedona
2009 Honda Odyssey EX-L
1994 Miata M-edition (salvage-rebuilt)

(insert Mercedes here)

Husband, Father, sometimes friend =)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page