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GT Headlights

Discussion in 'Kia Stinger Lighting - Inside and Out' started by Michael F. Levanduski, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. I bought a GT2 3 weeks ago [ have 920 miles] and just notice that the headlight lenses are plastic, not even high impact plastic. One of my lens already has chip gouges (3). I am having a hard time with this. I had thought that all high end vehicles got rid of plastic, for obvious reasons, and went to glass. Now I am trying to find out if I can replace these lens and/or headlights for glass. I don't want chipped and foggy headlights. Thinking about trading it in on a Mercedes C43 AMG. I just can't believe they went cheap on headlight lens.

    Other than that (and it's a big that) I really enjoy driving my Stringer, but if I can't get glass headlights, I might have to get rid of it.
  2. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 1000 Posts Club!

    .......?? youre kidding right ........9 BMWs , everyone of them had plastic headlight covers . They can be polished to remove chips etc :thumbup: glass is too dangerous , heavy and expensive ...............it might even be illegal for headlights now ??
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  3. jrhodes87

    jrhodes87 United States Active Member

  4. No I'm not kidding, my 2012 C250 Mercedes had glass. Also, my lens are gouged, [not high impact plastic] not chipped, it'll take a lot of polishing to get them out - I'm better of getting new lens/or headlights
  5. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 1000 Posts Club!

    Can you post a pic of the damage ? Thanks PS heres some info on plastic vs glass headlights that might be helpful /

    Plastic Headlights VS Glass Headlights
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2018
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  6. Franklin Bing

    Franklin Bing United States Member

    headlights haven't been made of glass for decades. if you think your 2012 c250 headlights are glass I think you're mistaken. do you mean the fog lights?
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  7. Terra

    Terra Australia Active Member

    Can I ask why did you buy the Stinger and not the AMG C43?
  8. robz32

    robz32 United States Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Agreed. Headlights stopped being made from glass in the late 90s. Due to cost reduction, weight savings and more intricate front end designs being done for some cars.
  9. Kamauxx

    Kamauxx United States Stinger Enthusiast

    Probably because a C43 with comparable equipment would cost over $65k without giving any performance improvement or additional features and providing quite a bit less space.
  10. eflyguy

    eflyguy United States Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    A quick check online shows you can buy replacement acrylic covers for the W204(C250) headlight assembly. Plenty of examples of scratched covers, and repairs. Also plenty of references to glass being almost completely phased out in the 90's. Finally, a friend of mine has a W204, 2011 model, and she checked for me - definitely not glass.

    Every car I've owned for at least 20 years has the same, and I've never had more than a small amount of pitting. My Sorento has 54k miles on it, and they are near-perfect.

    I'd say you're very unlucky, or following too closely.
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  11. Weareblondi

    Weareblondi United States Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    That's why I had my headlights coated. I tinted mine, like all of my cars, but your can do it clear. Just a little more insurance
  12. Mach_Tuck

    Mach_Tuck United States Active Member

    Drive in AZ...pitting is impossible to escape.

    I had PPF applied to the stinger. Dealer direct to PPF install. Should mitigate 99% of pitting at least that's my hope.

    I am curious however if the lense can be replaced independent of the unit. I fear it's a full sealed unit however. If not, swap t out and swap the orange US reflector for the white euro one.
  13. eflyguy

    eflyguy United States Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    They are sealed. Have to be, or condensation would form inside..
  14. Mach_Tuck

    Mach_Tuck United States Active Member

    My E46 M3 is not a "sealed" type and i have never had any issue with condensation. There is a gasket between the lense the housing. An E90 on the other hand, does have a sealed beam and i often times see condensation therein.

    Thanks for the info...only way to open would be to bake it apart and im not about to do that for a reflector color change :thumbup:
  15. Weareblondi

    Weareblondi United States Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    my volvos also had clips and a gasket, but,you are correct that the stingers units are sealed.
  16. eflyguy

    eflyguy United States Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    I have never encountered a gasket, but that has me wondering, could you simply make your own after carefully "splitting" a sealed unit?
  17. Stung

    Stung United States Member

    you want to trade in a 3 weeks old $50,000 kia due to headlight covers, can't wait to see the depreciation on this deal
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  18. Fl stingergt

    Fl stingergt United States Active Member

    I have a set of gt headlights for sale from my car. They will fit in place of cheap 2.0 headlights.
  19. Fl stingergt

    Fl stingergt United States Active Member

    Just got my car out of shop. Be careful guys had front end rock damage from dump truck. 8000 dollars worth of damage. Dam headlights are 1700 bucks a side. They have a few tiny chips can be buffed out.
  20. Ouch! I think we're better off leaving our Stingers parked in the driveway!
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