Do you think it is possible to bring in
those Xenon Headlights from Europe (
or wherever they are from) to the US
and add it into your car? How much do
you think it will cost to add the head
I'm not sure about that. The tricky thing about Xenon lights is that they usually must be installed with automatic height adjustment equipment so that they don't blind oncoming drivers from their brightness.
Thanks. Do you know if there any other options that I have for installing HID lights? I do not want "blue bulbs" like
how other Honda cars install on their Civics
and such. I want the real things. Could you
please give me some other alternatives?
The only place that I know of for real aftermarket Xenon HID lights is XenonShop. Their kit comes complete with the 35 watt HID bulbs, electronically controlled ballasts and ignitor, wiring harnesses, and installation guide. The H7 HID kit will cost around $620, which is very reasonble for real HID Xenon lights. Phillips also sells conversions kits for around $590 at various places. Just remember though, that Volvo Xenon's for the S40 are auto self-leveling, and aftermarket setups will not be able to do this. You can visit them at:
the auto self-leving feature is designed so that the car aims the headlights properly when you have people and cargo in your car. if you did not have self-leving headlights, then the headlights are aimed higher when people are in your car, thus blinding the oncoming driver
Personally I don't "get it" yet what makes the xenons so great. I did have them on my a4 but only got them because they are a cheap option ($400) and everybody else goes nuts about how great they are.
I do have an issue with the way that the relfectors on the s40 work though. the coverage pattern between 1-5 ft in front of the car has "streaks" in it, it's not even coverage. however at 5+ ft the coverage is flat. I don't think it's an aiming problem, I think it's the pattern of the reflectors.
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If Volvo really wants to be a player in the top-notch league with Acura, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, and Mercedes they have to offer nothing less than the best in lighting technology IMHO. If Audi and BMW can make Xenon's a $400 and $500 option respectively, why can't Volvo? I have driven a 99' LS400, 99' E320, and an 00' GS400 all with Xenon's and there is a remarkable difference. Even the $29k Acura 3.2TL has them standard!
Volvo says that have had more than 1000 filled in questionnaires regarding the Volvo ACC (Adventure Concept Car). As far as questionnaires go, I do not think that is very many people really.
So, I think that the people who want Xenon's (at least as an option) should band together and persistently harrass, badger, heckle, and pester Volvo!
I think that we can recruit lots of people from the Brickboard, VolvoSpy, and Swedespeed!
Volvo says that they are going to listen to the consumers, when the Volvo Concepts Lab opens up!
about your comment about not caring about blinding other drivers ... you may want to not attract too much attention. the blue/purple edges of the xenon get cops confused and they tend to pull over people with xenons. if it's a non-factory head set, then you end up with more grief trying to prove that it's a legitimate, DOT approved upgrade, and that can be a hassle.
Just remember, those aftermarket Xenon setups will "look" as good as factory Acura, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, and Mercedes, but they will NOT "perform" as good. In addition to not having auto self-leveling, they are not beam pattern corrected as well.
As Joe said above, you might want to be careful, because I have heard of many Audi owners on AudiWorld with Xenon's being pulled over by cops. Even when the Audi owners prove they are factory HID's by showing the cops the owners manual, they still do not believe them. You might have a hard time proving that they are legal.
You have to take all of those things into consideration if you really want to go for aftermarket HID's.
Ok kiddies! For anyone looking for the "blackout" style headlights that come with the SE version of the S40, I have them! Check out our Ebay auction #563020792 with ID of [email protected] Happy bidding!
Okay everyone, the Volvo Concept Lab has just opened up and it is time to tell Volvo that you want Xenon headlights! There are evaluation forms for the ACC, SCC, and PCC for people to give Volvo some input. I have filled them all out and told Volvo that I wanted them to offer Xenon headlights in the future at least as an option. However you feel about this subject, please give them your opinions!
There are also live chats where you can voice your opinions! Thanks!