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DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual?

I've read the previous threads about the DRLs:<p><br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=24133" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=24133</A><br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=43129" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=43129</A><p>and I'm was curious, does anyone have fully functioning DRLs with Bi-Xenons as they're supposed to work? That is: in position 0, the halogens are on and as night falls the Bi-Xenons turn on. My dealer seems confused as to what I'm asking for. I keep telling him that I want the lights to work like the manual reads. He keeps offering to turn off the DRLs altogether. Did anyone ever get theirs functioning correctly? If so, do you know the update number?<p>Much thanks.
 

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Re: DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual? (nicho1as)

Where in the owner's manual does it state that the switch for Bi-xenons are light sensitive? The Bi-xenons are on ALL the time, unless the headlight switch is in the middle position.
 

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Re: DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual? (Mayor Sizzle)

US-spec cars have always had the main headlights on all the time, regardless of switch position (except for position I, parking lights) and regardless of whether the lights are halogens or bi-xenons. This issue is one of those "we reserve the right to make it work however we want at any time, regardless of how our documentation says it should work" things that Volvo pulls from time to time (see also memory mirrors, another favorite in this category). Although in this case, Volvo did get around to making the documentation match the function. Note the difference between the 2005 and 2006 manuals concerning the headlights:<p> <A HREF="http://apps.volvocars.us/ownersdocs/2005/2005_S40/05s40_03a.htm#pg45" TARGET="_blank">Headlight function described in the 2005 owner manual</A> <br> <A HREF="http://apps.volvocars.us/ownersdocs/2006/2006_S40/06s40_03a.htm#pg41" TARGET="_blank">Headlight function described in the 2006 owner manual</A> <p>See how they've deleted any mention of a daylight sensor and the bi-xenons? <p>In any event, nicho1as, the lights have never worked as described in your manual and, to my knowledge, no one has ever gotten them to work that way via the dealer. The options are basically to turn off the DRLs, as your dealer has offered, which basically makes the lights manual; or to do nothing, and live with them on all the time.
 

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Re: DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual? (Mayor Sizzle)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mayor Sizzle</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Where in the owner's manual does it state that the switch for Bi-xenons are light sensitive? The Bi-xenons are on ALL the time, unless the headlight switch is in the middle position.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>In the 2005 Owners Manual it states (on page 45):<p>"NOTE: Bi-Xenon headlights (option): Turn the headlight switch to position 0 to activate a daylight sensor, which automatically switches the low beams on or off, depending on ambient light conditions. When driving in daylight, the headlights will switch off and the daytime running lights will come on. In darkness, the daytime running lights will switch off and the Bi-Xenon headlights will switch on."<p>Hence the original question. To my knowledge, no-one has managed to activate the described functionality.<p>UKMatt
 

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Re: DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual? (mullmann)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mullmann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>In any event, nicho1as, the lights have never worked as described in your manual and, <B>to my knowledge</B>, no one has ever gotten them to work that way via the dealer. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Arg - spooky posting at the same time using the same phrase <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual? (ukmatt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ukmatt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Arg - spooky posting at the same time using the same phrase <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hey, I was just going to say that! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual? (mullmann)

Sorry nicho1as, your profile didn't state which year your car was, for some reason I thought it was an '06 (which has no mention of a light sensor in the manual).<p>There has got to be a light sensor for the radio display. Just use that. No problem.<p>
 

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Re: DRLs and Bi-Xenons, anyone have them working as stated in the Owner's Manual? (Mayor Sizzle)

So I just got back from the dealer. They stated that they did indeed perform an update that made the lights work with the sensor. Not true. Instead, the DRLs are turned off. So position 0 is: all lights off.<p>But, here's the interesting part, now when I leave the lights in position 3 (12 o'clock) they pretty much function like I want. That is, the lights (Bi-Xenons and halogens) are on when the car is started and everything turns off when the car is turned off. Furthermore, they only cycle once while starting the car (well most of the time). If left in position 3 (12 o'clock) when the key is inserted, nothing happens. When the key is turned to position II the lights are still off. When you turn the key to position III the lights come on fully. However, if you let the key linger in position II for more than a second the lights, including the Bi-Xenons, cycle up. Then they shut off and cycle back on when you move the key to position III. So, essentially, if you're quick, the Bi-Xenons only cycle once. <p>So, an odd roundabout fix. But I get to keep my DRLs and only have the Bi-Xenons cycle once. Not quite an ambient light sensor, but satisfactory.
 
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