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    Thread: Thoughts on HIDs? (Evoque coupe question)

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      08-11-2012 02:30 PM #1
      An Evoque coupe popped up that I'm thinking of purchasing. The only draw back of the car is it doesn't have he HID package (though thank goodness it has butt warmers). I'm trying to decide if I can do without HIDs for 3 years. I haven't been without them for 2 years and having them is certainly nice.

      What are your thoughts? Would you forgo HIDs for a great deal?
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      08-11-2012 03:06 PM #3
      $40k+ Land rover with no HIDs?

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      08-11-2012 03:07 PM #4
      Certainly not a make or break thing for me, especially after seeing the eye-watering replacement costs on previous cars I had with them.
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      08-11-2012 03:37 PM #6
      your going to want HIDs i know that itch. i had many cars with HIDs and then i bought one without... i went to TRS.com and now i have HIDS.

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      08-11-2012 03:50 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by dieselraver View Post
      your going to want HIDs i know that itch. i had many cars with HIDs and then i bought one without... i went to TRS.com and now i have HIDS.
      I know what you mean, sadly I can't add hid's to my scirocco dd. Unless I buy hella hid housing's
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      08-11-2012 05:16 PM #9
      Depends on how "good" the deal is.

      After having HIDs, I would not get another vehicle without them. While you can retrofit, I wouldn't really feel comfortable messing with the electrical system on a new vehicle with warranty.

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      08-11-2012 05:27 PM #10
      Had no idea they came without them...What are they? Halogens or Projectors? I really hope it's not the former
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      08-11-2012 05:37 PM #11
      See if you can drive a HID-less Evoque at night, and then make the call.

      I drove my wife's car for two years - it has HIDs. My current DD does not, do I want them? Probably, but I wouldnt say its a deal breaker. And I went from HIDs to Halogens.

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      08-11-2012 06:06 PM #12
      I easily went back. Sold an Audi A4 and went to a Volvo 960 (it was the recession...). Now have a 2010 Golf. Neither car had HID lamps. Can I see well at night? Of course I can, the beam pattern is the same, so is the reach... it's just a little bit dimmer. Not a huge deal.

      The biggest issue is proper aim. My Volvo was aimed so poorly it was like driving with candle sticks out front. So I found a level area with a wall, and taped off some marks... aimed the lights. Pardon the pun, but night and day difference! After new bulbs, cleaned up the wiring etc the cars headlamps were excellent... actually, better then the lights in my Golf IMO.

      Would I like HID's? Sure... especially with bi-xenon (otherwise they are not really worth it... low beams are only legally allowed to be so intense and reach so far). Next car I hope will have them. Do I miss them? Not a whole lot... actually in foul weather and snow not having HID's scatter and reflect back at you is nice. With my Audi I'd often have to switch off my HID's and run on the foglights alone in really bad weather.

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      08-11-2012 06:49 PM #13
      No big deal. It's nice to have it but would never be a deal breaker.

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      08-11-2012 07:04 PM #14
      The factory xenon projectors are garbage anyways so it's not like you're missing much.

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      08-11-2012 07:06 PM #15
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    16. 08-11-2012 08:05 PM #16
      I've worked predominantly at night for the last 5 years.

      Currently in the stable are a 330i, G35 and impreza. the impreza had rebased H4 lexus HID's when i bought the car but the glare was stupid so i took those out for stock halogens.

      going from the bmw/g35 to the subaru is pretty dramatic.

      for the money you're going to be paying for an evoque, i'd be pissed not to have OEM HID's.

      shoot now that i think of it, of the 7 cars i've owned in my time, 3 had OEM HID's.

      edit: here's a rundown

      1st car integra had 2 different sets of kits (9006 projector housing- plug and play kit, then re-based D2S lexus).

      2nd car was the only car i left stock as far as headlights (95 240sx - the foglights were good enough for me)

      3rd car - lancer evo

      4th car - 97 Integra - 9006 plug and play kit again, then TSX retrofit

      5th car - 06 G35

      6th car - 99 Impreza - rebased H4 lexus - removed for halogen

      7th car - 02 330i

      so yes, HID's are win for me.

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      08-11-2012 08:11 PM #17
      I was pissed HIDs weren't an option on Canadian Highline TDIs... I'll be retrofitting (or getting OEM) in the next year.

      And yes, I'll be spending the coin for self levelling. Definitely worth the extra coin.
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      08-11-2012 10:49 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      No xenons no care
      I despise the use of xenon instead of HID, the correct term.
      Automotive HID lamps are commonly called "xenon headlamps", though they are actually metal halide lamps that contain xenon gas
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      08-12-2012 07:17 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Arju View Post
      I was pissed HIDs weren't an option on Canadian Highline TDIs... I'll be retrofitting (or getting OEM) in the next year.

      And yes, I'll be spending the coin for self levelling. Definitely worth the extra coin.
      I disagree, having owned many retrofits.

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      08-12-2012 07:34 AM #20
      No biggie so what if your new RR looks cheap with yellow headlights.










      j/k, it's nice to have but not a deal breaker. I'd get some silverstars and call it a day.

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      08-12-2012 07:41 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by dieselraver View Post
      your going to want HIDs i know that itch. i had many cars with HIDs and then i bought one without... i went to TRS.com and now i have HIDS.
      How did you know what to order from there? From what I understand our Outback already has the projectors, right?

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      08-12-2012 08:35 AM #22
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      08-12-2012 08:53 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by sicklyscott View Post
      An Evoque coupe popped up that I'm thinking of purchasing.
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      08-12-2012 09:39 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      How did you know what to order from there? From what I understand our Outback already has the projectors, right?
      03-09 Legacy/Outback has OEM Halogen projectors. Good not great with HIDs. There's also the Retro-Quik system that swaps the Mini H1 5.0 in place of the factory projector in the very same holes.

    25. 08-12-2012 09:59 AM #25
      I wouldn't touch a luxury model without HID.

      Not just for the fact that they are substantially better than HID lights...I would also consider the aesthetics of the car and resale.

      I wouldn't have guessed an Evoque evan came without HIDs. Learn something every day!

    26. 08-12-2012 10:19 PM #26
      the evoque would still stink w/ HID's

      once i saw it in real life, the concept pix were much better than the real deal

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      08-13-2012 01:16 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
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      Agreed. Retrofitting hids on a evoque would look tacky.
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      08-13-2012 06:09 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Aonarch View Post
      Agreed. Retrofitting hids on a evoque would look tacky.
      You wouldn't be able to tell it was done, actually.

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