If you program the daytime running lights to be on, does that make it more likely that you will need to replace bulbs? I thought that the bulbs on the new E were supposed to last the lifetime of the car. Also curious how many people have programmed the running lights to be on.
Originally posted by mco If you program the daytime running lights to be on, does that make it more likely that you will need to replace bulbs? I thought that the bulbs on the new E were supposed to last the lifetime of the car. Also curious how many people have programmed the running lights to be on.
Certainly, however I never changed bulbs in my another car having this feature for all 6 years (92k miles) ownership.
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I have mine turned on. People TAKE NOTICE for better or WORSE when they see "REAL" Xenons coming in the distance... so it's a good thing. Too many vehicles use the "dimmed hi-beam" DRL's and I think it's almost standard now.. and seems to have lost it's effect. DRL Xenon's on... defintely are more "noticeable."
2003 E500: Obsidian Black/Charcoal, E1, E2, Factory Installed CD Changer, Power Rear Sunshade, LP Split Fold, Side Roller Blinds, Command 2 DVD NAV (w/ IN Motion Factory DVD Video), Keyless Go, Illuminated Door Sills (7-25-03 Delivery)
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With the regular lights (non-Xenon) the low beam headlights are "dimmed" with the headlights on "constant". Despite what I read in the manual, you can leave the headlights "off" yet DRL switches to regular headlights (including the tail lights) in the dark. The manual says to leave it on Auto to get that.
It's a fairly nice solution to DRL. but mine are not activated. I don't like the unnecessary lights coming on when I enter and leave the garage. Whether or not those extra on cycles reduce bulb life, I can't prove but I expect they do.
'03 E320 Brilliant Silver/Ash Leather
The logic I use on whether or not to use this feature is the other folks on the road and the most comon factor.
Since I tend to "push the envelope" I want to "fit in" versus stick out like a "sore thumb".
If most of the cars I am passing have daylight driving lights on, I'll turn mine on, so that I look like one of the pack, otherwise I leave them off.
Worrying about replacing bulbs is not a high priority, blending in with others and staying out of of the sights of speed enforcers is a high priority.
Up to you on how to use this feature.
2003 E320 Desert Silver/Stone
E3 Sport Pkg, E2, E5 CD Changer, waiting for Nav
Mine is off too. I have noticed on some cars you cannot even have it off and I have seen many Saturns and KIAs with DLR on. I dont know about you, but I would not want others to confuse my E500 from Saturns.
E500, Blk/Blk, Navi, Ventilated Seats, 4 zone climate control, DVD/Navigation System, Bi-Xenon, Tinted all around, Brabus Monoblock VI Chrome