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    I have bought all the bulbs to replace the standard bulbs, knowing that I've gotta pull the car apart to do the job.
    My son-in-law has bought the same for his Octavia vRS. How simple to do!!
    You undo a plastic screw, pull a lever and the whole headlamp pivots out. Clever.
    Vauxhall have obviously put little thought into the facelift redesign.
    Q - "How many Vauxhall fitters does it take to change a light bulb?"
    A - "1 and it'll cost you £45.00 thank you"

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    ...so true...

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    My local dealer charged me £10 - only took a couple of mintes. I watched them do it as well and am confident I could do it myself now...... I have changed the sides, the Mains and the indicators on my own - and the same as you, on a facelift.

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    You do know that it will invalidate your warranty if you try changing a bulb yourselves don't you?

    This should always be left to a pro who knows how to manipulate the old recycled paper clip retention system used to hold the bulb in place.

    Don't say I didn't warn you...

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    What bulb goes in the headlights??? Look like a dome from the front don't it

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    On the pre facelift they are H7´s...not shure about the new models though. The bulb is behind the plastic dome that you see from the front.
    I replaced mines with philips BlueVision bulbs, it´s an easy job....just make sure not to grab the bulb itself, you have to grab it by the metal piece, because the hand grease on the bulb will ruin them.

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    I must admit that I've only had a quick look but I couldn't see any obvious way of getting to the bulbs then I found this thread. Where is this plastic screw and lever? The only thing I saw was two metal screws fastening the whole thing to the car and two plastic clips also on the top (apparently holding the glass lens on) that didn't seem to loosen anything at all.

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    The plastic screw and lever are easily found...on the Skoda Octavia mentioned in the original post!

    Have you got a facelift or prefacelift model?

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    Is the bulb change an easy job or not then? (On a prefacelift)....

    I bought my Dad some of the Philips 80% bulbs for xmas along with some BlueVision sidelights for his Elite...i want to fit them myself really, but as its a job ive never done before on a C, if its going to be a ball-ache, it may aswell be left to a garage.

    any advice greatly recieved people

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    Passenger side is quite easy but i can't get a good enough grip on the driver side to turn the bulb holder

    Edit: That's on a pre-facelift though......
    Last edited by T4M; 25th December 2007 at 17:15.

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