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    Hi Guys im new to new car ownership so this question is going to seem stupid probably.
    I have a 55 plate facelift CDTI Exclusiv and both headlights have died within two days of each other. My question is this, what bulbs do i replace them with and more to the point how the hell can i get to them easily? I tried to have a look this morning at work and i've never seen so much plastic under the bonnet, my other car is a Triumph Stag so im used to lots of space under the bonnet.

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    Hey Doug, I think the bulbs you will need are the H7 one's.....I beleive they are just a standard bulb on the Exclusiv so any motor factor's will do them.

    As for fitting, well the last time we did the bulb change on my mate's car, we had to take the front bumper off as it was easier to take the light out than mess about with it on the car.

    That particular one was a pain to get to and was jammed in, someone else may comment otherwise on here.

    HTH!

    Best of luck.


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    here you go, most of the advice will be in here

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    It's not a stupid question at all mate. If you don't know, you don't know. That is what the forum is all about and someone will always have an answer for you. Nobody is going to say "...are you thick or something...?" (well they'd better not anyway ). So you ask away mate

    EDIT; Oh and the type of bulb you want are H7. Do a search on the forum for the different types of bulb that members have fitted, because there is a vast array of manufacturers, some better than others. It's a fiddly job but on the passenger side, take out the washer bottle filler neck (it just pulls out), and on the drivers side remove the complete airbox
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    Thanks ever so much guys...I like your idea gary, the thought of removing the bumper would make me actually cry!!

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    As mentioned above:
    Passenger side headlight: remove the top portion of the washer bottle...it just eases off with a slight twist.

    Driver side: I removed the top part of the airbox by undoing the 5 torq screws (T20) head required / and a 7mm ratchet for the airbox pipe.

    All in a 20 min job for both.

    ps..... do the airbox mod whilst you're at it.

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    If yours is a facelift Vectra, then it'll be H7's for the dipped beams (as already mentioned) but H1's for the main/full beam.

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    Hi guys great news.

    Went to halfords and saw that their standard H7's were £9.99 each or if you got the Super brights which are supposed to be 50% brighter it was £19.99 for one but you got one free anyway...So £18 for two standards or £20 for two super brights...Needless to say that was a no brainer.

    Anyway after 20 minutes of fettling about under the bonnet and two severely grazed knucles i had the old ones out and the new ones in. Turns out having girl like slender hands has saved me a shed load of work

    Thanks for all the help.

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    ! Top job mate, well done!


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