• fb_595318012 avatar Jon Posted: 3/15/2011 6:31pm PDT

    I would love to have had the option of HIDs on my Mazda when I bought it, but it isn't even offered up in Canada. Great safety option and should be offered at a reasonable price instead of going to the aftermarket

  • Bob Posted: 3/15/2011 11:26pm PDT

    Another argument that I've heard is that they are not as reflective as halogens, which makes it tough to see them coming as they approach you from the side. i.e. they do not light up/reflect up off of the road surface as a car approaches. Tough to explain without drawing it out. Imagine driving in N.Y. as you approach a green and the car coming from your left but behind a building has hid's and you dont see the lights approaching until you see the light source. I hope that was clearer.

  • Johnny Posted: 3/16/2011 8:16am PDT

    My 2010 Lexus IS250 has HID headlights and although they are brighter I question some claims that they are 300% brighter than halogens. Although car manufactureres deliberately point the HID headlights lower than normal so as to not to dazzle or glare on-coming traffice; even if they are self-leveling like mine. This calibration from the factory caused the illumination down the road to be much shorter than halogens. I had to go back to the dealership and have them aim the beams higher and that corrected it. I think LED headlights will one day be more cheaper to produce and install than HID.

  • Emro Posted: 3/16/2011 10:24am PDT

    What the DOT needs to do is align their lighting rules with the rest of the world, North America all alone in allowing HID without auto-leveling or spray washers as mandatory features with HID. I love my HID's and hope I can always have a car with them, or in the future LED. Come on DOT, get off your hands and meld your specifications with the EU so that there is consistent automotive lighting around the world!

  • Axel Posted: 3/16/2011 11:09am PDT

    I concur with all of you my 02 MCS has the HIDS, I changed the bulbs to the PIAA 3800k and man was it fun until they past away last year. The problem is that that when installing the new bulbs the auto leveling (specially in my car) looses its calibration and then you have to have recalibrated and thats a chump change, if you do it yourself its a pain in the neck, trust me I've done it and man is it hard. But, nevertheless,my next car will have them unless LED do come thru.

  • David Posted: 3/16/2011 11:15am PDT

    HID lights are great until you have to replace one. My Acura TL Type S had a headlight broke in a minor accident. While drive able, water ruined $154 bulb and igniter which dealer wanted $490 to replace.

  • Tony Posted: 3/16/2011 12:19pm PDT

    I love these new lighting alternatives that have come to the market place and all the benefits the bring. But buyer beware...these hi tech systems can cost into the thousands to repair. I recently priced an Infinti bulb which was nearlly $200 and was told "you better hope it's not the ballast" --which I was not aware they had---that's around $1300 to replace.
    In about 10 years there's going to be a lot of high end cars driving around with permanetly non functioning headlamps.

  • Matthew Posted: 3/16/2011 4:12pm PDT

    The self-leveling HIDs on my Lexus are superior to the fixed HIDs on my wife's last three Acura models.

  • Matthew Posted: 3/16/2011 4:14pm PDT

    The self-leveling HIDs on my Lexus are superior to the fixed HIDs on my wife's last three Acura models.

  • rickmyers Posted: 3/16/2011 4:22pm PDT

    My 300C has HIDS and they are fine especially with Smart Sense auto dimming. However, my neighbor had a Prius, got rid of it because of the problems with the HIDS and Toyota's attempt to charge him for defective bulbs. They are expensive to replace and I doubt I will order them again.

  • Allan Posted: 3/16/2011 11:29pm PDT

    Would recomend doing some research on replacement lamps bulbs and ballasts, some are incredibly expensive, do not think I would knowing purchase unless it was covered under new car warranty!

  • fb_82100996 avatar Richard Posted: 3/20/2013 11:26am PDT

    I had them on my Mazda and loved them! Much brighter than regular halogen lights. And better peripheral vision too. The only negative I found was a strong cut-off pattern way down the road. The lights just seemed to STOP abruptly compared to a halogen.