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It’ll cost you up to £846 for a new headlight in these popular city cars – find out if your motor is one of them

CAR MAKERS can charge you a small fortune if you blow an LED bulb if the headlights come as one sealed unit.
Volkswagen is the worst culprit with the highest cost for its Polo GTI model – setting owners back £846 just for the part.
VW charges £846 for a sealed headlight unit on the Polo GTIVolkswagen
Other manufacturers that have set extortionate prices for their headlights include Seat.
The VW sister brand charges £827 for its Ibiza’s LED unit on the FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux models.
Honda is just as bad, with Jazz EX and Sport owners having to spend £714 per sealed headlight.
Fellow Japanese car maker Suzuki charges £684 for HID (High Intensity Discharge) units on the SZ5 trim of its Swift.
Honda Jazz EX and Sport models use £714 LED unitsHonda
Top trims of the Seat Ibiza include £827 sealed headlight unitsSEAT
The data was put together by consumer publisher WhatCar?, which looked into the cost of 13 popular small cars’ headlights.
Prices soar when replacing LED or HID headlights in comparison to halogen bulbs that cost as little as £4 on the Swift’s SZ3 and SZT models.
LED and HID bulbs are far brighter with a wider and whiter beam – they can also last up to a decade longer.
Even unsealed units are expensive to replace, with the Vauxhall Corsa Elite’s HIDs costing £317.


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Suzuki Swift SZ5 has HID sealed headlight units that cost £684 to replaceSuzuki
Despite their reliability, if a driver crashed their car and damaged the headlights – costs will soar for them or their insurers.
Claire Evans, What Car? consumer editor, said: “The longevity of HID bulbs makes them a viable option on a new car.
“However, if you are buying a used car as a second household vehicle or as a first car for a son or daughter, you – and they – could be landed with a massive repair bill for a blown bulb that could even render the car a write-off due to it being uneconomical to repair.”

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Cars that were raised from their graves – including the time-defying DeLorean

Category : Kia , Lamborghini , Motors , News

TO MARK Halloween, Autocar has put together a compilation of cars that were once killed off, but brought back to life by either the same or different manufacturer.
Most of these classics have now been buried once and for all, but we’ve picked out a selection to re-visit beyond the grave.
The Lotus Elan was revived as the M100 in the 1990s and also re-badged as a KiaLotus
The Lotus Elan was technically pioneering with its lightweight chassis – the British manufacturer reinvented the model several times over itself, including the Series 2 spec seen above.
Having first launched in the 1960s, it was also revived as the M100 in the 1990s following General Motors takeover.
Kia was sold the rights to the Elan by LotusKia
Further to that, the Elan was later re-badged as a Kia after Lotus sold them the rights to the car.
The Korean manufacturer made little changes to the model, with probably the most notable new feature being different rear headlights.
The Morris Oxford Series III wasn’t a massive hit in the UKPhotographed by Simon GP Geoghegan, April 2007
Morris’s Oxford Series III wasn’t a hit in the UK, having been overshadowed by its successor the Farina in 1959 and, also released in the same year, the original Mini.
However, outside of the UK the car built the basis of motoring icon.
India’s taxi, the Hindustan Ambassador, only went out of production in 2014Hindustan
It was developed into the Hindustan Ambassador – famous for being used as taxis in India for decades.
The Ambassador only went out of production in 2014 – and remained largely unchanged from the original Series III.
US-specced DeLorean speedometers stopped at 85mph – but fear not, Marty, the car’s top speed was actually around 110mphNewspress
Only 8,583 DoLoreans were built in Northern Ireland before the company closed down.
In reality, the car was close to a mechanical shambles, but fictionally, the DeLorean is a time-travelling masterpiece.
US-based DMC plans to make 300 new models after a new law passes that allows motors over 25 years old to be replicated in small batches.
Only 53 Lamborghini Silhouette models were madeLamborghini
Lamborghini’s Silhouette was itself an evolution of the Urraco. Only 53 were ever made from 1976 to 1979, as well as two prototypes.
The final model to roll of the production line was also used to create a prototype of the supercar maker’s Jalpa.
You could say the Lamborghini Jalpa has a very familiar SilhouetteLamborghini
When the Mimram brothers took over Lamborghini in 1980, they built 420 Jalpa models – making it one of the best-selling models.
It was the last Lamborghini to feature a V8 engine since production ended in 1988.
The Lotus Seven was Wolverine’s choice of carLotus
This lightweight wonder was a game-changer when it launched in 1957. It was available in a range of models to cater for speed demons up and down the country until the mid-70s.
And a little-known fact for those motor enthusiasts who are looking to dress up this Halloween – the Lotus Seven was driven by Wolverine in the Marvel comics.
The super-lightweight Seven lives on thanks to CaterhamCaterham
We can rejoice knowing this open-air speedster is still on the market today under Caterham.
There’s still a huge range of options to choose from, as well as an exclusive Signature service for those who want an added touch of personalisation.

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