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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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I took these one beautiful evening last fall as a test of my new DSLR, and completely forgot about them! Here is my 02 Intrepid ES 3.5, stock everything except for the wheels. Poor thing's lived a hard life: 150,000 hard miles through 11 cold northern winters. It was also involved in a terrible accident at some point, because the front and rear have both been replaced. We picked it up at 130k for about $3400, and it has been a fantastic car for that money. Runs great for its age, rides well, handles great for such a boat, and has the power I need, when I need it. This car just eats miles on long trips, an excellent long-distance cruiser. It's also been incredibly reliable, starts in the bitter cold of a northern Minnesota winter, had tranny flushed and tested at 140k, everything's a-ok.

I know it's not the best example of the breed. The front bumper's got a crack in it, there's quite a panel gap between the hood and the bumper, the headlights are pitted and fogged, the heater/ac blower only works on max, and I've slowly ruined the interior with my amateur custom stereo work. Also, my friend backed into it in his Bravada and bent up the license plate. Thanks. Still, it's mine, my faithful companion, and I'll drive it til it dies.

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Nice shots!!
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use some buffing compound or buy a kit at walmart to clear up the headlights....both under $'ll see alot better! Take the plate off and flatten it with a hammer on a flat surface! lol....both easily fixed...but excellent camera shots! I wish I was better with a shots look like my 10 year old took them...except his are probably better!!!
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I disagree... NICE pics!
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I did try rubbing compound on a rag, then a rigid sponge to clear up the headlights... nearly blew my arm out, and very little result. I then, in the absence of an actual buffer, a thick rag attached to a vibrating sander with more rubbing compound. That actually worked a little bit, but took absolute ages to see progress. The pits are really deep and the fogging is really thick, not sure what it'll take to get them cleared up.

Honestly thinking about replacing them. Found these projector headlights on ebay for a reasonable price:

Has anyone here used projectors like these? Are they any good, or should I just stick to OEM replacements? Also, will I end up being that douche blasting super-bright white lights into other peoples rearview mirrors? I'm fine if they're white, but I don't want to blind anyone.
Also, although they look kinda cool and funky, I'd like to be able to see them on a trep before I commit to anything. Anyone who has them is welcome to post photos.

Edit: Actually, the more I look at them, the less I like them. Still open to seeing them on someone else's though, might change my mind.... Just seems to have this crazy robotic eyes thing going on, not sure I want that.

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Crystal View Headlight Restorer works wonders. 20 bucks, get it at Walmart and some of the car parts stores (google it..). Does take some ellbow grease, but it does an amazing job on even the worst yellowing... Chrysler headlights are notorious for the yellowing. My wife has a 2005 Escape with about 140K miles. Her headlights (the CAR'S headlights....) are still crystal clear.....
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I'd be open to trying that out. If it works, I've saved a boatload of cash.

In hindsight, I'd be pretty stupid to blow a bunch of money on new lights anyway. I would regret that as soon as I clicked "confirm order"; I just shouldn't be frivolously spending that kind of money right now. So, thanks for that moneysaving tip!

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those light suck anyways....I second Crystal's a great product IMO

from an old post of mine

Available at Advance Auto Stores

I have tried many types of these products and this one does the best job hands down IMO! I like this stuff so much and I feel you can't get a better all in One kit.

You start off with wetsanding the lights with 1000 grit and then a 2500 grit paper that is included. I have started with my own 600 grit before on some really bad lights.

Then you polish the lenses with an included cleaner/polish. After that you put two coats of a wipe on liquid acrylic sealer thats included.

The results are a set of like new headlights for $20 and about 1 hours work.

Just did the GFs 2002 Saturn Vue

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