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Old 11-17-2003, 05:03 PM
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Silverstar Headlamps

My daily driver Volvo has sealed beam headlamps. I've seen that there are now Silverstar sealed beams for it. Does anyone have any experience with them? It would cost about $50 for the pair. Am I going to see enough visiability improvement to justify this? The night vision with the car right now isn't the greatest...
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Old 11-18-2003, 01:51 PM
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i have them on my integra, and noticed quite a bit of differance. The only drawbacks i've heard are that the life is very short(under a year in most cases for my car at least), and the initial high cost. If you can afford 50 bucks a year for headlights then they are definately worth it IMO.
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:02 PM
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Well, I decided to go for it. They cost $32 with tax at my local Advance Auto Parts, with a $6 mail in rebate for the pair. I am pleased with the initial result. Granted I have yet to drive at night. Attached is a photo with a side by side comparison between Sylvania Xtravision, and Silverstar, Sliverstar being on the drivers side. This picture doesn't do it justice. It is a huge difference...
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Old 11-19-2003, 02:29 AM
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What about the added heat load?
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:13 AM
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i don't think they add much more heat.
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Old 11-19-2003, 12:08 PM
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They draw noticably more power, according to my volt meter. Intial impressions: WOW. I visited my girlfriend last night, all night driving, about 40 miles of mixed back country and rural interstate. I am thoroughly impressed. It made a HUGE difference in visability.I am quite happy with my purchase.
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Old 11-19-2003, 08:11 PM
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volk, damn that grill sure brings back good memories. i had a 240 that was a great car, and one i acyually made money on. the only real problem i ever had was the neutral safety start switch.

i still want to get an older 245 wagon (with the long grill) for a beater car and paint it the infrequently seen "rewood".

PS- whats the best volvo forum? brickboard?

PSS- how you liking the spree? im still belching 2-stroke smoke, making lotza noise and terrorizing the neighborhood cats with mine. you should see those damn cats run! :p
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Old 11-19-2003, 09:40 PM
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What, exactly , do you get in the set? I am considering the silverstars for my S350D
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:07 PM
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To address various questions:

www.brickboard.com is the best technical format. They have a wealth of information, but the software is horrible outdated. I find that www.turbobricks.com is the most comparable to this board, good technical info, as well as a good open forum.

The Spree has been parked for the winter. It won't start now, the kick start froze up and the electrical start cranks , but it won't kick over. I think the fuel system needs to be looked at, but I don't have time right now. Also, it is having power issues. The battery is drained in a week, pointing to recharge issues... duh

The Silverstars are like any other lightbulb. Since my lights are sealed beam, the choices are even less than the newer cars. For your S, it will be like changing any other headlight. I recommend it, it made a huge difference in my car.

I'm glad my grill can bring back memories. I am approaching one year of ownership, and am quite happy. I have considered selling this car, but it treats me so well, I just can't bear to yet...
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