If your headlights vary in intensity on a 2003 or later Accord, Element or Odyssey Have Dealer Check per Service Bulletin

I noticed that our '03 Accord headlights were varying between two brightness levels recently. A bit of research turned up Honda Service Bulletin 05-034 which addresses this issue. It is caused by a poor
solder joint internal to the Electronic Load Detector (ELD).
In the case of the Accord the repair involves replacing the entire under-hood fuse box. On some vehicles they are able to replace the ELD as a stand-alone item while on other models it apparently is integrated into the fuse box.
I'm happy to say that Honda paid for the replacement 100% as a goodwill adjustment even though our car was past the warranty mileage. One thing I like about Honda is that they seem to stand up and pay for design/manufacturing defects even if the customer is technically SOL due to warranty limitations. This certainly was never my experience as a GM customer :(.
Any company can produce a product which has a problem, but Honda seems to be one of the few which goes the extra mile to make customers whole. Seems like a smart advertising strategy to me!
John
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Our hybrid headlights suck. How dim did the headlights get? Did they permanently dim or was it a flicker? Thanks for the post.

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Art wrote:

It was a very slight change in intensity, not huge and not enough to make the lights "suck". In reality it was just barely noticeable. In fact, my wife didn't notice it at all and she usually drives the car.
John
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Was it a one time permanent change or do they flicker? Thanks again.

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Art wrote:

They flickered from low to high to low to high output while driving. Never off, just varrying in brightness.
John
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On Sun, 03 Sep 2006 23:35:51 GMT, John Horner wrote:

Sure is. Stories like yours, coupled with bad experiences with the US makers, is why I bought a Honda...
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