Originally Posted by AutobotVanguard
I doubt you'll bother with HID's once you fit them. My theory on HID's is that if I don't fit them, at least oncoming traffic can avoid me when I'm blinded by their HID lights and I get to keep my four hundred pounds. So in many ways those bulbs saved my life and made me wealthier
Will definitely give these a try as I've got other things that need doing on mine (spray & fitment of sideskirts and lowlevel boot spoiler).
Don't fit HIDs they are illegal without the correct headlights and you will probably fail your MOT. There is also growing number of threads on other forums where the police in some areas are cracking down on them giving owners big fines.
Some people believe that if you have reflector type lenses it is ok. But you still need self leveling and washers along with E marked headlight glass.
There was a case on another forum were a guy got a fine from the police although he insists his were a factory fitted option. He has been to hell and back with the police and MOT inspector to prove this. You would think it would be easy.
My partners brother in law has them on his Vauxhall Vectra GSi and got a ticket the other day from the police who claimed they blinded them when he passed them. The garage can't find anything wrong with them and suspects the auto-leveling is out of adjustment. Still not sorted yet and costing more and more. Funny enough they were part of the reason why he thought his Vectra was better than my 156 V6, yeah ok what good are fancy headlights when you are always behind lol.
IMO they have become a bit chavy and are one of those items that are good till they start going wrong. To be honest I am pleased I don't have them on the 156.
Hence why I am not interested in these 'cheap' aftermarket jobs where you only buy the ballast. My only intention is to bring my JTS up to the highest spec possible within the boundaries.
But so typical of the guys in black & white, easy to nail soft & easy targets. I used to drive a Frontera which had tints on the front windows. Said vehicle passed MOT after MOT without any advisories about this until I was pulled over out of spite. I say spite, as I didn't let the said black & white in on a busy road. Wasn't even a traffic cop, but decided on the spot that the tints were too dark, without even checking. After checking that the vehicle was taxed & MOT'd I was left to go.
On another occasion, different MOT station, the sun-strip had to be removed or I'd have failed the MOT. This after having had the said vehicle for over 5 years, with 5 different MOT stations, and not having had an advisory/failure about the sun-strip.
Just goes to show, that enforcement is so inconsistent that it makes you wonder why they even have some of these obscure motoring offences. I can guarantee you that even if you are a model motorist, that you are breaking one law or another when you get into your car.
Okay rant over.