| >>Original 1156 backup light bulb blew this past weekend.
| > 'Face, a majority of the bulbs in my '71 T/A are still the 34 year old
| > originals. I'm still using the factory Guide PowerBeam headlights.
| > They sure don't make bulbs like they used to ... I see "new" cars with
| > burned out bulbs all the time.
| Try that with a Volks or an Audi !
Yea, a friend of mine has a "new" retro-Beetle. He's been through three sets
of headlamp bulbs in two years (approx 30K-35K miles). Although he blames the
DRL function as the main cause for the short life span...it could be cheap
bulbs as well. VW runs the DRL at full voltage too, which can't help with bulb
life. The 1st time it happened it was during the summer. They both blew
sometime while driving during the daylight hours. The 1st time in a long while
he went to use the car at night, no headlights. The next time it happened he
got a ticket for failing to properly maintain his vehicle (only one of them was
blown that time...the cop wouldn't have known if both were burned out since it
was daylight at the time he was issued the ticket). So, now that lighting is
used more than ever on some cars, checking their operation is even more
critical than ever...once a week at least (do it along with the weekly fluid
level and tire pressure check)