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Posted by Jean B. on December 9, 2005, 2:12 am
 
mrv@kluge.net wrote:


How does one do that?  I am always being flashed, so I KNOW my
headlights are bothering folks.  (And I was never flashed with
my Passat's xenon lights.)

I wondered about this--whether I should have purchased my car
in NH.  I guess not.

--
Jean B.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on December 9, 2005, 4:38 pm
 

Jean B. wrote:

Much brighter, in comparison to my 2001 Prius.  I much prefer following
my husband in his 2004 with HIDs at night, than just me driving.  (I'll
even prefer him following me (lights up the road ahead/around me),
providing that I dim my rear-view mirror.)

As for the headlight aim, instructions are in the owner's manual to
adjust their height.  In the US 2004 Prius Owner's Manual, it's in
Section 8-3 "Do-It-Yourself Maintenance," "Electrical Components,"
"Checking the Headlight Aim" on page 302.  Even has a little diagram
about where to put the screwdriver to move the vertical movement
adjusting bolt.

The HIDs autolevel, in that if you have a heavy load in the rear of the
vehicle (which would tilt the front of the vehicle up), the headlights
automatically dip themselves downward.  At least on the Classic Prius
as sold in the UK (and maybe elsewhere in Europe), the headlights had a
manual adjustment for this occasion (in place of the interior dash
dimming wheel found in the US).


Posted by Jean B. on December 10, 2005, 3:40 pm
 mrv@kluge.net wrote:


Thank you.  I must have a problem, since I get flashed so
much.  :-(

--
Jean B.

Posted by JerryW on December 10, 2005, 5:38 pm
  Hi Michelle

"At least on the Classic Prius as sold in the UK (and maybe elsewhere
in Europe), the headlights had a manual adjustment for this occasion
(in place of the interior dash dimming wheel found in the US). "

In Europe autolevelling headlights are almost unknown. EU regulations
are very heavy on lighting generally. Xenon/HID headlights are
available, to some extent, but they are quite different to the US ones
and have a very powerful "cut-off" point.

The EU Prius models don't offer HID lighting at all. Nor do they offer
auto-levelling at all. My Prius has a little wheel in an inaccessible
place below and to the right of my (rhd) steering wheel. In my opinion
it is *far* better than auto levelling because it means that with one
touch on the little wheel I can get the lights perfectly adjusted to
exactly the right spot, ie where I want them. No dazzling, no
complaining, no being flashed, no paying extra for ridiculous extras
that may pretend to save labour but actually do the opposite...

regards

Jerry
PS: just the usual suspects I see, even in this out-of-the-way spot..


Posted by Michelle Steiner on December 10, 2005, 7:46 pm
 

Oh, there are a few others, such as Michael Rosenberg, who newgrouped
this group.

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Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

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