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Is there a general rule for headlights to buy or stay away from? I searched the last couple years worth of threads, but I couldn't find a thread where anyone was giving a good or bad vibe on certain brands of headlights.
My Sable is my daily driver, so cheap is ok. I'm curious if anyone has tried the cheapos on rockauto.com. They'd be about $110 for the set and they're TYCs. Thanks!
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I have heard bad things about both DEPO and TYC. Someone here found an article on why the two are bad or something along the lines of not even being approved. My girlfriend has vision brand lights on her 04 Cavalier and they look and hold up fine, so as far as aftermarket, vision is my recommendation.

Why are you looking to replace anyways? Is it the hazing? You can always use a headlight restoration kit, or even check local junk yards to find a halfway decent pair of lights. OEM lights are always the best.
 

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Yeah, mine are hazy. I know there are restoration kits, and you can clear coat them, but you just can't get them as clean and clear as original. I'm willing to put my wallet where my mouth is. I would prefer to buy new ones.
I don't see any from Vision on RockAuto... I have a Contour as well, and TYC and DEPOT are popular replacements there with sketchy fitment. Thanks.
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I once replaced my head lamp assembly with some company out Florida. I was disappointed when they arrived because it said Made in Taiwan. Anyway I used them for about two years. They were aging badly for only 2-years use. Then the day came to replace them with OEM assembly from Ford. These Taiwanese head lamps almost fell apart in my hands when removing them.

The plastic tabs that the bolts run through were broken. Never going that route again, bad experience with knock off parts.

I would stick with the Ford head lamp assembly.

Here's a tip from stopping your headlamps from hazing or slow the aging process way down. Most if not all plastic headlamp haze because of UV rays from the sun. UV sun rays oxidizes the plastic causing them to have the haze look. If you're in high altitudes this scenario is even worse, less atmosphere to block the UV rays. What can you do? The sun's rays are most intense between noon and 3pm. Always park your car's headlamps away from the sun. And if possible always poke your headlamps in some form of shade like near trees or buildings. It's ok if the rest of the car is in the sun just make sure the
headlamps have some form of shade.

I see people at work who are logically challenged and ALWAYS have their headlamps facing into the sun. And what makes the situation worse is if their headlamp are facing the sun with a mirror glass building. They get the double wammie effect, once from the sun then from the reflected sun ray off of the glass. Yeah not so smart. There's this guy at work who thinks it's cool to back in his Jetta backwards into the parking space. His headlamps are facing south and in the winter time the sun is low in the horizon also to the south. Needless to say for about 8 to 9 hours a day while he is at work the sun is oxidizing his headlamps. After several months of the parking scenario his headlamps are frosty or hazy. And he can't figure out why?

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^^ That's funny stuff. :)
I ended up buying a 3m kit from O'Reillys tonight. They are normally $24, but on sale for $10, so I have to try it. I'll probably give it a shot this weekend. Thanks for the ideas.
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