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Basically, I'm going to have my dealer install new main and fog lights for me. I don't want to mess with doing it myself, especially since I have the V6 and there is no room in the engine bay.

Okay, so we have 50w harnesses. Obviously would like HID, but I think I'm just going to go with some bulbs that will give a very similar appearance. Maybe PIAA's. Any suggestions? I assume I'll be frequenting the autolumination website a lot.

I'm not looking for any crazy shit either. Just a little brighter and whiter/purple.

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I have PIAA bulb. They are 100% white without any blueish tint. Therefore, if you are looking for blueish - purplish tint, you should buy other bulb.

If you have small hands, you can replace the main headlight bulb yourself without removing parts. I did it (well partially because my wife was helping me).

I believe the wattage of our headlight is 55w not 50w. Becareful when buying bulbs because some of them are rated 100w. You can burn your wiring if you buy 100w.

Autolumination sells several different kinds of H1 bulbs, and they're cheap. I think it's only $2+. You can give them a try and let us know if it's any good.

PIAA on the other hand cost about $50 for a pair.

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FYI, they will try and charge you for the install unless you are replacing them with OEM bulbs. That's what they tried to do to me when I had them put in my silverstars. $80 they were trying to charge me!! They didn't say they were gonna charge me first of all, then they didn't even call me to tell me either. So after I started to get mad they backed out of the charges. I told them that the manual says to take it to the dealer for whenever you change bulbs. I told them if they hadn't made that shit such a bitch to replace I'd do it myself! Well now I know that if I even have to change bulbs again I'll go at it on my own.

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I think they charged me at least $100. But now I figured out how to do it. I think the only tough bulbs are the low beams. But I put HID&#39;s into those. just be careful changing the parking bulbs. Yesterday both of them fell in the headlight housing while I was trying to change them. 1st time thats happened. Figure I&#39;ll I need to take off the bumper anyways.

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i agree, you shouldnt have to take it to the dealer to install your bulbs...

the first time i did my low beams i moved the airbox and the coolent out of the way and it was challenging at first but after you do it once it&#39;ll be easier. One thing i&#39;ve heard is that if you jack up the front of your 6 and take off the wheel and wheel well lining, you&#39;ll get an easier access and vantage point to the back of the headlights.... or you can do take off the front bumper and remove the headlight unit and just take your time that way.

if you have problems, try to find someone in your area that has already changed their bulbs and ask if they can help.


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Yeah. Hell I had the other 6 owners at the NJ meet change out my park lights. hehe

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Yeah.* Hell I had the other 6 owners at the NJ meet change out my park lights. hehe
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THAT WAS ME YOU PUNK!!!! i changed like 5 people&#39;s parking lights that nite in the mall parking lot... then the parking lot security drove by thinking we were stealing cars or something and then said "Nice cars!"

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And then at Paul&#39;s Delaware meet Steve from NJ asked me to change one that had blown out!!! i should have charged you guys $20 each!

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I don&#39;t have much experience working with cars besides changing oil, but i figured out to replace the low beam and turn signal lights myself without much instructions on my V6. it&#39;s not difficult, just be patient and be careful (changing low beam on passenger side is much easier if you move the coolant reservoir aside by removing the screws first).

I change my low beam to Sylvania SilverStar, which I am not satisfied at all. It is whiter but not brighter. Now i&#39;m saving for some HIDs. The blue SilverStar turn signal light is much cooler though (blue when off, amber when on).

i&#39;d suggest DIY. You&#39;ll save $ along with some great feeling of accomplishment, and knowing you won&#39;t need to get ripped off if you need to change bulb in the future.
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I agree that if I did it myself I would feel a great bit of accomplishment. But, this is a piece of $27K machinery with lots of little clips and other gizmos. All of which could be easily messed up by my hands. If you are a common visitor to this site, you might remember that I was the one that totally destroyed my center console (yup, that $550 part that has all of the HVAC and audio controls.) THAT WAS ME!! So, I&#39;m kinda thinking that I am not that awful mechanically inclined. When I see "just take the bumper off" or "jack up and remove wheels", I only see the repurcussions of my efforts. And they&#39;re bad.

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions though. I checked out autolumination but they fail to indicate wattage on the bulbs. now I&#39;m thinking PIAA&#39;s, even though they are pricey.

Car goes in tomorrow for some funky tranny problems. Seems to shudder A LITTLE. Not a lot like I have seen in other posts. And yes, I know how to drive a friggin stick. I&#39;m sure they will ask me that one.
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