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Old 12-18-2003, 12:34 PM
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Euro lights - DO IT!!

Hello all - I know there have been a ton of posts on the issue of Euro lights replacing the pathetic DOT headlights (in my case - on a 1991 300e 4matic). I just did it, and my reaction is - WOW! why did I wait so long??

Total cost for me has been $300 so far, which gets me the DEPO headlights ($265), Osram +50% H4 bulbs ($28) and various connectors/retainers ($8). I have yet to replace the body panels under the headlamps with the holes for the (now missing) headlight washer/wiper system.

The LOW beams on my new setup are better than the HIGH beams on the previous setup. I had previously tried the Sylvania 9004 Silverstar bulbs but was disappointed in the results.

This was the best $300 I've ever spent - it changed my attitude toward the entire car.


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Old 12-18-2003, 12:46 PM
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I also changed out the headlites in My W210 To Euro and The W203 to Bixeon ...Huge difference!
The Usa Lights are Not for High speed Use.. Poor Light Pattern
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:56 PM
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Please be certain that you have the Euro lamps adjusted properly. If not you could be a real hazard to other drivers.

The horizontal cutoff on the RH side of the beam should drop 3" in 25 feet.

You need a flat surface with a wall 25 feet away. Measure the distance from the ground to the center of the lamps and the distance between lamp centers. Subtract 3" from the lamp height and place two pieces of tape on the on the wall with a marks at the proper height and the same horizontal distance apart as the lamp centers. Use a towel to cover one lamp so you can do each of them individually.

Back the car 25 feet away from the wall and set the lamp pitch angle to the 3" drop. The yaw angle should be zero - the intersection between the horizontal cutoff and 15 degree rise to the left should be dead ahead.

The top of the foglight cutoff should be set at the same height as the road lamps. The foglight beam cutoff is horizontal with no rise to the right. If fog lights are mounted below the bumper they can be set with the cutoff parallel to the ground.

Too many cars have foglights set with a rise, which blinds oncoming drivers.

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Old 12-18-2003, 08:43 PM
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Those pesky little trim pieces which need to be replaced when you change out to Euro lights are inexpensive and a good paint shop should be able to match up your color pretty easily. I think the total cost for my TE was about $75 for the parts and the paint job. The front end of my wagon looks very sharp now for a car of its age, and more importantly I see much better than with the old mouse-powered headlamps.

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Old 12-19-2003, 10:31 AM
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euros "I did it"

They look great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
However, when I use high beam the radio turns off and the ABS/SRS light comes on!!! More lights in the car than out...

I also got chrome inserts for the grill, dirt cheap ($20)and they look good. If I knew how to post a picture I would show you all.
88 300CE 300,000kms
Black Pearl, Burgandy Leather
Euro Lights.
Its for sale. Its SOLD
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