I'm the type who likes to tinker with my car just a little bit, and upgrading my headlights is usually on my list. The simplest upgrade is to replace the budget headlamp bulb with something with a little bit higher performance. The DOT mandates that bulbs perform in a certain range, but you can always get bulbs that are at the top of that range rather than the bottom. Any bulb with a blue coating on the glass is trash, but there are a couple good brands that are worth the money. Either Osram Night Breaker or Philips X-treme vision are considered top choices, and I picked up a set of the Orsams for xmas.
Btw, our low-beam bulbs are H11, and the high-beam is H1. Any bulb that meets those specs will fit.
So, looking in the owners manual, it appears that I have to remove the whole headlight assembly before I can access the bulbs inside. Two screws and some maneuvering, and I should be good, right? The screws are easy, I already have a torx bit that fits, but the maneuvering doesn't work. The actual instructions are on page 298, and the important bit is this:
1. Make sure the lighting control is in the off position and open the hood.
2. Remove the two screws from the headlamp assembly.
3. Carefully pull the headlamp assembly as far as possible towards the center of the vehicle to disengage it from the lower fixing point.
4. Carefully lift the outer side of the headlamp and remove it.
5. Disconnect the electrical connector.
Except step 3 doesn't seem to work, there's no room at all to pull the assembly to the center. I can get it to go forward a tiny bit, which does release a pin or something towards the back. But then the back of the lamp won't lift up, it's still trapped. Anyone else taken a look at this yet?