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Old 08-06-2018, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Xenon HID Headlight Lamp Replacement

Buyer beware. I looked online to find a replacement Xenon bulb for my 2016 Cascada and found that Philips D3S was listed everywhere. I picked the best price and ordered one.
I waited about six weeks for a cool Saturday and removed the existing bulb. I was amazed that the windshield wiper tube could be removed to make room for your hand to fit. It was a still a struggle to get the bulb out and I couldn't get the new one to fit. I compared the two bulbs and noticed the D3S was missing a keying slot. After further investigation I noticed the part number on the old bulb was D1S and when looking it up on line the picture matched the original bulb.
I waited to long and cannot send back the D3S for a refund but the correct one cost half as much.
By the way, the left headlamp hadn't been working for 7 weeks, the car hadn't been driven for 4 hours, and the base of the old bulb was very hot to the touch.
The lesson here is to look before you leap.
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Old 08-23-2018, 03:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Headlamp replacement follow-up

I replaced the bulb with the correct replacement and it still didn't work. I broke down and took the car to the dealer who found out it was a faulty ballast. It was covered under warranty and would have cost approx. $800.00 if not covered.

I told the service person that I have had this problem in the past with HID headlamps on a Lexus RX350 and my current BMW X3. I was beginning to think I was cursed. He said this was a common problem with HID lamps and suggested I switch over to LED.
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