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Ouch! This just happened recently.<p><B>Prices jumped from E688 ($860) each to E879 ($1100) each.</B><p>Part numbers are 30698819 / 30698820. <p>Congrats to the few people who got them already.
 

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For the removal of one little orange reflector....keep em! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Eric_H</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">For the removal of one little orange reflector....keep em! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Umm, no. For having high-beams that are twice as bright. Losing amber horror is just bonus.<p>No big deal at $1700 (especially if you sell US Spec ones), but at $2200? Ouch.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>e1618978</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Do you have to update the car's software in any way if you upgrade to the European lights?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No, but you need to disable DRLs prior to swap to avoid DRL Bulb Failure message in bright daylight. Very difficult on '04s (need custom code written). Easy on '05/'06 for dealer.
 

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Re: 28% rise in EU headlight prices ("R" Kelly)

Did Volvo find out that they "we" (meaning US people) were buying them at a discount so they decided to jack up the price as well?
 

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Re: 28% rise in EU headlight prices (mike_c70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mike_c70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Did Volvo find out that they "we" (meaning US people) were buying them at a discount so they decided to jack up the price as well?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Maybe has to do with the fact that this is last year of these headlights? Maybe has to do with parent company losing billions? <br>
 

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Re: 28% rise in EU headlight prices ("R" Kelly)

Are the '06 S60 (non-R) xenon headlights an option? No, they don't look as good as the Rs headlamps, but it does appear to have a halogen hi-beam instead of a dedicated "DRL only" light. Just a thought.
 

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Re: 28% rise in EU headlight prices ("R" Kelly)

True but if it is the last year for the headlights, don't you want to get rid of all your stock and have a sale instead of raising the price? Weird business. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I gotta admit, it is not worth spending $2000+ to change the lights. Looks like I'm sticking with the US-spec lights. I assume Canadian R's have the same spec as the US cars???
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>No big deal at $1700 (especially if you sell US Spec ones), but at $2200? Ouch. </TD></TR></TABLE><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>You guys love your R's more than me. $2200.........$1700 for brighter highs and amber horror removal? I know a great amber horror removal and high beam fix.........S4. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I gotta admit, it is not worth spending $2000+ to change the lights. Looks like I'm sticking with the US-spec lights.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Agreed.<p>I'll be happy with the 3/4 turn on the headlight adjustor and the $$$ in my pocket.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Eric_H</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>You guys love your R's more than me. $2200.........$1700 for brighter highs and amber horror removal? I know a great amber horror removal and high beam fix.........S4. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well I sold my US spec for $1000, so it only cost me $700.<p>A lot less expensive than a sport package or atacama, neither of which make the car safer. <p>You don't have to drive on country roads here in Europe where it is pitch black with no reflectors or road markers. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'll be happy with the 3/4 turn on the headlight adjustor and the $$$ in my pocket.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You can turn the headlight adjuster all you want, won't increase the light. These will increase the light...<p>True halogen high beam (Xenon still elevates as booster):<br><IMG SRC="http://img224.echo.cx/img224/9956/1002378small9vx.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Versus this DRL:<br><IMG SRC="http://img224.echo.cx/img224/7324/1002365small6zz.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Video of Euro Lights from my adventures in R lighting thread<br><A HREF="http://ss.otheron.com/rkelly/video/Headlights.MOV" TARGET="_blank">http://ss.otheron.com/rkelly/video/Headlights.MOV</A>
 

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Re: 28% rise in EU headlight prices ("R" Kelly)

whew, glad I got my set!<p>Its a harder choice at $1100 each but I have to say, the performance of the high beams is really good when compared to the U.S. Knowing what I know now, I might still do it because I'm really happy with them. <p>Anyone in the D.C. metro area that is on the fence, feel free to drop me a line and we can meet up and you can see what you think. Its easier to make a decision like this after actually seeing them in person.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You can turn the headlight adjuster all you want, won't increase the light. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>No it won't but at least it makes for a better low beam visibility.
 

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Re: 28% rise in EU headlight prices ([email protected])

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>[email protected]</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">whew, glad I got my set!<br>Anyone in the D.C. metro area that is on the fence, feel free to drop me a line and we can meet up and you can see what you think. Its easier to make a decision like this after actually seeing them in person.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Well, this would have to be done at night...obviously.<br>So, would this include a couple microbrewed porters on swedespeed? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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R, I can see your point.<br>However, I live in the country but travel mostly to the 'city'. That is when we have a babysitter. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I probably won't even get to see the LED-lit gauges for a month or two. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Kelly, we need you to roam around junkyards in Europe lookinf for crashed R's where the headlights can be salvaged!!!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Kelly, we need you to roam around junkyards in Europe lookinf for crashed R's where the headlights can be salvaged!!!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>But then after spending countless hours searching for you all, I would get accused of trying to rip people off for charging what the junkyard charged me. God forbid if I included gas costs... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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