DT Running lights follow-up - '05 Escape

Well, thanks for the help. I finally ordered the OEM Canadian part from my Ford dealer, took it home and read the instructions. It's a sealed, cast
box with lots of wires coming out of it and instructions for which wires to cut and where to attach the wires. It came with insulated crimp connectors. The part is by no means a plugin.
After some consideration, I decided to ask my dealer if they would put it in and how much. "Two hours at $110 an hour." Thank you very much. I'll do it myself. "Wait, let us get back to you. We can do it for $75 and hour and will guarantee it won't go over 1.5 hours." Let's do it!
I brought the car in and waited for it, doing a little shopping in the nearby mall. 4 HOURS LATER the car was ready. I was told it didn't really take the full 4 hours, but the fact that there was a 15 second delay when you start the car drove the mechanic nuts thinking the device wasn't working properly. I assume the box has a lot to do with the delay, because all it does is turn the low beams on with the key and disengages when you turn the lights on with the switch. However, it seems to be wired to everything but the windshield wipers. :-)
Anyway, I got a real bargain in terms of service, and we all lived happily ever after. I've had nothing but excellent service from this dealer, and I'm here to say all dealers are not going to rip you off and overcharge you. My independent mechanic, who I've had for years with other cars, took me to the cleaners the last time he worked on the Escape.
Again, thanks for the help and advice. I thought it would run the lights at about 50%-75% but they are full on. If I had to do it again, I might go for the DRL box that uses your turn signals as running lights -- about the same price, but looks a lot cooler. With this new setup, I guess I should carry a spare headlamp bulb.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.