Headlight Fun Again

You may remember my rant two years ago about the idiotic design of the headlamp cluster on the old style Ford Focus – the article is by far the most popular on the site, and still gets comments two years later.

The bulb, following on from the fragile windscreens (the Focus currently has it’s fifth windscreen), and the general feeling of instability caused by the combination of tyres and suspension, oh and not forgetting the misfire, was ultimately the final straw that set me looking for a new car that in the end became the Golf. Now that has had one or two problems, but it still has the original windscreen, although it does have a small crack on it thanks to a stone chip – unlike the Focus, it has stayed a small crack. It also has the annoying dashboard light problem when it is cold, and of course it has that weird feature with the windows, but ultimately it is much better to drive.

Just in case I was starting to think that maybe the Focus isn’t that bad a car – the passenger side headlight has blown, almost exactly two years after it was last replaced, so I guess it’s another £40 headlight change from Reg Vardy – and a timely reminder of why I didn’t buy another Ford.

One thought on “Headlight Fun Again”

  1. Hi Richard, you shouls have bought a Renault Modus. My headlamp bulb has gone and they tell me that I can buy the bulb for £5 but they will have to take off the Bumper to replace it because of the design. How much that will cost me I dont know as yet but it will be interesting to see. How do designs get out like this, do mechanic’s have no say in the design of vehicles now, is it all theorists with no practical experience. Dave

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