Let There Be Light!

David C. Holzman
by David C. Holzman
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  • Wheeljack Wheeljack on Jul 27, 2009
    @ Daniel J. Stern: The H4, the world’s first two-filament halogen headlight bulb, was state of the art when it was introduced (and quickly widely adopted) in Europe and elsewhere outside America in 1972. U.S. regulators first allowed the H4 bulb to be used in U.S.-spec headlamps two decades later. There have been some good H4 headlamps, but there have also been some really pathetic ones. An H4 (or other European-spec) headlamp is not necessarily better than a U.S.-spec headlamp, though neither is the reverse true; good headlamps are better than bad headlamps. Also keep in mind that subjective impressions of headlamp performance are often way off the mark with respect to the lamps’ actual safety performance. Believe me, I'm well aware of the multitude of lousy H4 housings out there to replace the standard 7" round headlamp - many of my fellow "Jeepers" have been sucked in by some of the crappier ones sporting such silly "features" such as "bars" behind the lens, or the vile faceted reflectors and clear lenses that never seem to perform well. The irony is that one of the Jeep specific magazines tested a number of H4 housings and proclaimed a well known German brand [starts with an "H" ;)] the best of the bunch, and they were cheaper than most of the others in the test! I really wish that same magazine had tested the housings I chose [a French brand that starts with a "C" ;)] since I believe they are one of the better choices out there based on the information I have seen.

  • on Aug 01, 2009

    The brand-C units are indeed substantially better than the brand-H ones, from the beam performance standpoint. Both are about the same from a build-and-materials perspective. It's a crying shame the ones once made by the other French brand starting with "M" were discontinued years ago; they were head, shoulders, knees and toes above any of the others.

  • Jpolicke Twenty-three grand for a basket case? And it has '66 wheel covers and gas cap so who knows what else isn't original?
  • Scott Can't be a real 1965 Stang as all of those are nothing but a pile of rust that MIGHT be car shaped by now.
  • 56m65711446 So, the engineers/designers that brought us the Pinto are still working at Ford!
  • Spookiness I dig it. The colors are already available on the CX-50. The terracotta is like a nice saddle brown. The non-turbo Carbon Edition has a bluish gray and a burgundy leather interior. A nice break from the typical relentless black and 50 shade of gray palette. Early CX-30's had some dark navy blue (armest, console, and parts of the door) but I guess that was just too weird and radical so they switched to all-black.I'd be fine with cloth in colors, leather is over-rated, but I'll never have an all-black interior in a car ever again.
  • Haze3 Interesting vehicle but, really, it's not hard to be great at anything if cost is not a serious constraint. This is A LOT of cost.Second, it's no great trick to use a large battery to get large range. If the internet is to be believed, the long-range R1S runs a 135KWh pack vs. the I6 at 77KWh. That's going to add up to a big difference in running mass and charging times.