Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
I also found the aiming was important for these lights - mine were all over the place. Horizontal as well as vertical needs to be checked. One of my bulbs wasn't properly installed, so most of the light was going on the ground just in front. Finally the bulbs are often the wrong type, as they are confusingly labelled 9001 and 9004 (for the USA) with different wattage ratings to the Euro HB3.
After installing a new pair of Philips 60W bulbs, and cleaning the inside of the glass lenses (NOT the silvered bits!), and setting the aim carefully on a garage door, driving forwards and backwards to check for a 1% beam drop, I've found them pretty good. A friend who drives Japanese cars (Nissan, Subaru, Honda from the 90's) thought the lights on my Spider were excellent. They're definitely better than my FIAT 500's lights, which are only halogen and old reflector-type.
My next step for the Spider will be to sneak in some 4300K HIDs from England and fit them carefully - not technically legal here but if done right, will meet inspection requirements as well as the standard HID lights on my 166 do.
'00 GTV V6, '08 FIAT 500, shell and parts for a '71 FIAT 850 Coupe