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I just bougth a c230 coupe and i was wondering how much work and money it would cost to replace the regular old lights with the xeon headlights. Can you just place new light in old spot and factory harness work on both lights, or additional wiring? HELP!! I really like the look of them with the clear lense versus the on with thick looking glass lines running through them.
 

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The 2003 C Coupe bi-xenons will also fit the 2002 Coupes. You'll have to have the dealer change a setting in order for the car to recognize the xenons. And they are mucho $$$$. I'm sure some others on the board can give more details about prices. The best I've seen for new ones is $1,500 for a pair from NL Steve.

I want to do it, but am going to have to find a set for <$1,000.
 

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Bi-Xenons

My C320 came equipped with the C4 package(Bi-Xenons & Headlamp Washers). They're worth the extra bucks! What a difference as compared
to the standard headlamps.

Tommy
 

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Hey tommyj,

do you know how much the C4 package cost you? on mbusa.com it shows as a $750 option. i'm wondering if that's the cost per side or for both? i really want to go back to the dealership and purchase that.

thanks!
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C4 Package

The C4 package cost $750 total, and as previously stated, is well worth it in terms of styling and functionality.

You can also replace your lights with the Xenon bulbs (sometimes even whole lamp kits) much cheaper than anywhere else through eBay. The dealer assembly would be much easier and reliable, but again, just to see what's out there.

I'll post some links for bulbs, some odds and end kits, etc., to give you an idea.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2415930532&category=36476

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2416040438&category=36476

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2415974154&category=42613

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2416169131&category=33710

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2415840674&category=33710

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2416025186&category=33710

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2416114971&category=36476

End... (more where that comes from of course.)

Tommy, you should try these. They look fanatastic with C4 package.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2415193050&category=38661

Price these at the dealership (or anywhere else) and you'll quickly see the difference. I purchased (for example) the headlight rims (recently installed - not in photo yet) for $50.00. The dealership and others wanted $150.00 to $230.00 for the same, factory (right from the sealed box) items.

I'll be taking photos of the improved look here soon. The car looks E-Class or even SL appearing from the front, at least with the headlight design similarity.
Christopher
 

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Re: C4 Package

c2jones said:
You can also replace your lights with the Xenon bulbs (sometimes even whole lamp kits) much cheaper than anywhere else through eBay. The dealer assembly would be much easier and reliable, but again, just to see what's out there.


These bulbs are not Xenon lights. And they're politically incorrect by saying they're XENON. Sorry I feel very strongly about this because I seriously think they're mistaking a lot of people out there making them think they're XENON.

What are they? They're just ordinary halogen bulbs coated with a blue layer that filters the light coming out of the bulb making it looking blue, but in terms of increasing light intensity it does nothing, but indeed makes it worse.

I've personally tried using those "blue-out" bulbs in a variety of cars. All results make my visibility decreased in dark. There are things called HID kits, that allows the usage of HID ballasts and bulbs conventional halogen headlamp housings.

There are a variety of HID kits available on the market, costing around $300 to $500, depending on the combination of the ballast and bulbs. In the C230K sedan, I've installed it with Philips ballast and 5000K bulbs. The photo below shows the package utilized in the car:


Photo (from left to right) below tells you the difference between halogen (those so called "Xenon BULBS" you see on eBay would give you similar to what's on the left other than the fact it looks blue), 4300K and 5000K.


Another set of photos that show the difference: (Stock halogens on left photo vs. 4,300k HID on right photo)


But in general, on halogen lamps, even you install a HID kit, at the end of the day while you compare it with a projector headlamp housing you can definitely notice a difference. The cut-off, brightness and sharpness of the light you get is different too.

Speaking Xenon/HID language here yet? :D
 

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c2jones said:
The C4 package cost $750 total, and as previously stated, is well worth it in terms of styling and functionality.
Can the dealer install this package after I purchased the car??
 
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