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Old 26 Apr 2006, 10:33 am   #1 (permalink)
camhan
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I recently lost the low-beam headlight on the passenger side of my 96
Camry. Checking for a replacement I was surprised to find the price at
my local dealership to be $220. Is it possible to replace individual
lamps (ie low-beam only)? If so, is the money saved worth the trouble?
Assuming I must replace the whole thing, is there any noticeable
difference between a headlight from Toyota versus "after-market"?

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Old 26 Apr 2006, 11:22 am   #2 (permalink)
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"camhan" <hope4past@yahoo.com> wrote:
>I recently lost the low-beam headlight on the passenger side of my 96
>Camry. Checking for a replacement I was surprised to find the price at
>my local dealership to be $220. Is it possible to replace individual
>lamps (ie low-beam only)? If so, is the money saved worth the trouble?
> Assuming I must replace the whole thing, is there any noticeable
>difference between a headlight from Toyota versus "after-market"?
>

Um, did you lose the actual lens (i.e., something punched a hole in the
plastic), or did the halogen bulb just blow? $220 sounds like the price for a
headlight assembly. Just the bulb should be a couple orders of magnitude
cheaper than that, and available darn near anywhere (Walmart, auto parts stores,
etc.) Just pull the bulb beforehand (or check your owner's manual) so you
know which bulb you're looking for.
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Old 26 Apr 2006, 11:27 am   #3 (permalink)
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camhan wrote:
> I recently lost the low-beam headlight on the passenger side of my 96
> Camry. Checking for a replacement I was surprised to find the price at
> my local dealership to be $220. Is it possible to replace individual
> lamps (ie low-beam only)? If so, is the money saved worth the trouble?
> Assuming I must replace the whole thing, is there any noticeable
> difference between a headlight from Toyota versus "after-market"?


You lost the whole headlight assembly, or just the bulb?

Try toyotadiscountparts.com. Here is a bulb:
http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...=3&catalogid=2

If you *have* to buy from the dealer, at the very least, bargain with
them, knowing what "Your Price" is on the internet, plus the $8 or so
shipping on orders < $100.

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Old 26 Apr 2006, 12:09 pm   #4 (permalink)
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The lens is intact so I guess it's only the bulb. That sounds like
what I need. Thanks.

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Old 26 Apr 2006, 12:19 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the helpful link.

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Old 26 Apr 2006, 04:15 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Good thing you didn't buy the $220 assembly -- it doesn't come with a
bulb!

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Old 26 Apr 2006, 05:24 pm   #7 (permalink)
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camhan wrote:
> The lens is intact so I guess it's only the bulb. That sounds like
> what I need. Thanks.


Oh yeah. Then Walmart is the place to go then.

My rear tail light blew. I called AutoZone, then Pep Boys - the Boys
had it for $1 cheaper than AutoZone. Then a few days after I replaced
my bulb, I went to the Walmart supercenter for something completely
different, and browsed the auto light section... could have saved
another buck buying there instead of from Pep Boys.

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Old 26 Apr 2006, 08:34 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Good thing you didn't buy the $220 assembly -- it doesn't come with a
> bulb!
>

Trying hard not to laugh.


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Old 27 Apr 2006, 07:26 am   #9 (permalink)
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Its recommended that you replace bulbs on both sides as they do get weak
over time. You'll find some bulbs only last a year or so (box should have
projected life on it) so shop by bulb life and not cost. DO NOT touch glass
surface with fingers - it will shorten its life to a month.

"camhan" <hope4past@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>I recently lost the low-beam headlight on the passenger side of my 96
> Camry. Checking for a replacement I was surprised to find the price at
> my local dealership to be $220. Is it possible to replace individual
> lamps (ie low-beam only)? If so, is the money saved worth the trouble?
> Assuming I must replace the whole thing, is there any noticeable
> difference between a headlight from Toyota versus "after-market"?
>



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Old 27 Apr 2006, 08:02 am   #10 (permalink)
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Be careful about those bulbs.
The electronic box in the trunk that controls the dash warning light
for rear tail lamps monitors resistance and is very sensitive - and
also expensive to replace.
I use the dealer bulbs - some of the aftermarket bulbs are really
cheaply made.

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