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Old 08-18-1999, 06:10 PM
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I need to replace the driving lights bulbs on my 86 MB300E. The book says to use 9004 bulbs but does not mention wattage. The old bulbs also don't mention wattage. Are 9004 bulbs always the same wattage? (If so, what is it?)

The reason I ask is because I have seen a slew of 9004 bulbs to choose from with various letter suffixes and special purposes (like Philips Weather Vision 9004WV for snow/rain, etc.) and I don't know if any of them could replace my stock bulbs without damaging the wiring or melting something else.
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The stock 9004 bulbs come with a 45/65 wattage rating. If you but some aftermarket bulbs, be careful of the wattage specs. I am running the stock 55/60 watage H-4 bulbs on my 190 2.3-16. I dont want to burn up the headlight wiring on my 13 yr old car. When it comes time for inspection, I remove the european headlights and put back a set of the newer style headlights with the 9004 bulbs. The difference in lighting is night and day for the us spec vs the euro spec headlights. I would like to upgrade the h-4 bulbs to say 55/100, however I am a little concerned about melting the factory wiring and connectors. Hope this helps, Joe
Old 08-19-1999, 12:07 AM
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Just out of curiosity, where are euro-spec headlight bulbs available from, and about how much would they likely run?

Old 08-19-1999, 12:35 AM
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Euro spec E-code replacement headlamps are available, for about $100-120 each. I've seen the Euro headlamp assemblies in various sources but the cost is more (I'm thinking $600 a set) and may not be any better than a state-of-the-art Cibie replacement headlamp. Check out
Hope this helps,

Robert W. Roe
1984 300SD 165K miles

Old 08-19-1999, 06:18 AM
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Yes, you do need to replace the entire headlight assembly to use the H-4 bulbs. I feel the cost was well worth it. You cannot use an H-4 bulb on a 9004 socket. Good Luck, Joe
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