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    Thumbs up Pretty thorough service... free headlamp upgrade included

    Just had my MOT and third annual service done (Patrick's of Durham - properly good place to go). Looks like they've swapped out the dipped headlight bulbs for something hi-white (nightbreakers or similar), even though I've never had a lamp go yet.

    Afterwards I commented to MrsT on how the headlights seemed brighter - thought they might have been adjusted up a bit, but it wasn't properly dark enough to really tell - overcast rainy day with light reflecting back from roadsigns.

    Yesterday I noticed that the front bumper edges (top corners by end of h/l units) seemed a little bit further out than I remembered, then ran it at night and the difference is very noticeable. When looking at the front there's now a definite blue-white light from the projectors, compared to the usual yellowish glow from sidelights. Well pleased - all covered by the Vxl Complete Service Plan, so it's saved me £30-odd quid and the need to develop a few extra joints in my arm...

    Anyone else notice main dealers swapping out lamps before they've blown?

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    Strange you should mention this. I put the veccy in for its first MOT last wedensday (passed thankfully). On Saterday I was driving at night and noticed that the full beam lights were a lot brighter than before the MOT. Normall dipped beam are the same.

    Dealler (Belmont VX Aberdeen) never mentioned changing the bulbs.

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    Is your Vec pre face lift or face lift Mr T?

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    It's a facelift 06 - which is why they had to drop the bumper to do it all quickly (if I'm right in my hunch and it was done at all). I don't tend to get a service manifest because it's paid for by the company behind the service plan, but nothing was mentioned when I picked it up.

    I've got the headlamp protectors fitted, and my first clue was the colour of the light that these show around the edge - a lot more crisp and definitely white compared to the 'warmer' (i.e. more yellow) standard colour from pre-MOT days. The protectors act a bit like fibre-optics so I get a bit of back-wash of light from them.

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