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HIDs are wonderful. I drive in mixed conditions city/rural and I'm thankful I invested the money in the HIDs at the right time.


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The stock lights are better lit than other stock systems.
Gotta disagree with that; I'm with Mazda6guy on this. I've driven a ton of cars with better headlights. My wife's Saturn L300 has brighter halogens and a better dispersion pattern on the road, her old Chevy Malibu was brighter/better, my dad's Protege 5 also has brighter/better lights, etc. etc. Had I known how poor the low-beams are on the 6 I would have bought a sport package model just for the fog lights. Mazda could have at least made it easier to swap out the bulbs.

Mazda6guy, I spent an evening adjusting my low-beams, and it helped a lot. Park on a level surface in front of a wall and you can get a good idea of the angle/pattern of the lights. If you set them to point farther left and up it will cover the road a lot better than the stock setting.
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I agree the stock lights are not bright at all compared to other cars my Honda and Camry throw off more light. I replaced my bulbs w/ Hella Xeons helped a little but not much. If you have the fogs use them all the time w/ both lights on it's not too bad. The only way to fix is HID. Gotta spend the $.
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I agree the stock lights aren't that good. I leave the fog lights on all the time.



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I've never had any issues with the stock lights - they are the brightest of any car that I've ever driven. I drove back from Vancouver to Calgary through the Rocky Mountains at night last summer, and the stock headlights were more than adequate for the job.

In fact, that was one of the first things that impressed me when I had bought the car - the brightness of the headlights. I think they are great.

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her old Chevy Malibu was brighter/better,
I can't speak for the old Malibu, but I'm renting a new Malibu right now, and it's headlights suck as far as brightness is concerned, and the light is almost orange instead of white.

They are aimed higher, and therefore go further, but that's a different subject entirely. Their right light is also aimed noticably different than the left light (not just this car, I've driven lots of different Malibus)

If you want better a better pattern on the road, drive with your fogs on. It will light every square inch in front of your car in a very even light that is MUCH easier on your eyes than the normal halogen dispersion of low-beams.

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Yes, I drive with the fogs on all the time. However, some of you did mention the aim of the lights. I picked up on that during my drive as well. I was wondering if the lights were aimed too low. The seemed to be aimed too far down, therefore not illuminating far enough ahead. I tried different settings such as turning the fogs off and also switching to high-beams. With no fogs, it was worse. With high-beams, it was a bit better but only because the aim seemed to go a bit higher. Our lights aren't self-leveling I don't believe....

MZ6ZOOMZOOM, you drive from Connecticut to Massachusetts a bunch. What do you think of your 6 lights on that particular stretch of I-95? BTW, for those who do not know, there are NO LIGHTS on that section of I-95 at all.

I have driven that stretch a bunch of times with my previous car, a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero. That car had great headlights, but ubber bright fogs. The fogs were so damn bright that they would look blue-ish at an angle. Check 'em out on an Alero when you see one. But those fogs lit up the highway damn good.

LOL. yes, I know HIDs are the way to go. But aren't they still at $400? Damn.. I'm thinking of having a DVD system installed. Gotta make choices... :(


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Well I ahve drivin my six out in rural areas where there are no lights plenty of times with out a single problem I think the lights are great


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The stock lights aren't that bad... as long as you're not running over kids and animals at night, I'm sure it's bright enough.
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i have the same problem. seems like the aim of the lights are way too low.

can anyone tell me how you adjust???
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