Originally Posted by Most Easterly Pandas No no youll probably find xenon bulbs are fitted as standard the factory option youre about is HIDs To quote from Wikipedia Automotive HID may be called xenon headlamps 595s have HID or Xenon headlights - I know that because I own one. They are also available as a factory fit option on regular Abarth 500s and possibly also fiat 500s. Abarth 500s have regular
Originally Posted by simer To quote from Wikipedia Automotive HID may be called xenon headlamps 595s have HID or Xenon headlights - I know that because I own one. They are also available as a factory fit option on regular Abarth 500s and possibly also fiat 500s. Abarth 500s have regular halogen bulbs - I know that because I used to own one. To the best of my knowledge no 500s have Xenon based bulbs
Its coming back to me why I stopped posting on this Forum. Pic taken from fiat website - Bi-Xenon headlights - an option on the 500 Attached Thumbnails   snes liked this post
Originally Posted by simer Its coming back to me why I stopped posting on this Forum. Pic taken from fiat website - Bi-Xenon headlights - an option on the 500 And fiat and their translations are known to always be spot on. Xenon is simply the gas contained within the bulb. Be it a standard filament bulb (which is what is normally within uprated bulbs) or a High Intensity Discharge bulbs - aka HIDs
Originally Posted by mitchc3 Im taking the 500 to Sweden in a few weeks time. Has anyone got any experience of how to go about converting the headlights for driving on the right Ive used the Halfords stick on beam benders in the past on other cars. Do the current Halfords instruction sheets give the correct placing for the 500 Try and get the Eurolites (see below Post 14) httpwww.fiatforum.com500179232-...t-500-a-2.html
headlights are computer-controlled as witnessed by how after switching the engine off turning the headlight switch off and back on turns on the parking lights. Clearly the switch doesnt have any single fixed function so I reckon (this is just a guess) if turning the headlight switch does anything its probably not the stalk assembly at fault (unless it has the computer built into it). I think the body computer controls the lights and thats built into the fuse box. The first thing I would check is that the battery has sufficient voltage (should be 12.3 - 12.6 volts even after turning on the ignition - measure the voltage across the battery terminals with a multimeter). Then disconnect the battery recharge it if necessary and reconnect after at least an hour. That should reset the body computer. Any other symptoms such as a flashing mileage reading Electric window problems If so a trip to a fiat dealer for a proxy alignment (simple electronic procedure) might be the next step. -Alex
Oh and - do try replacing one of the headlight bulbs. They are a single filament bulb for dipped beam and I have seen more than one car over the year where BOTH bulbs had blown at the same time or within a short time of each other - believe it or not (They are likely to be both the same age after all). The funniest of this type was an old fiat Croma where both front and rear sidelights were not working
I am looking to replace the headlights on my fiat 500 - as they are pretty poor. Especially when compared to my other halfs car. Looking at a recent Auto Express roundup they seem to suggest that the Phillips headlights (especially their 80% bulb) are generally the best - with Osram taking second. They do suggest to have the beam pattern checked - to ensure you are not dazzling oncoming traffic.
Originally Posted by YouKnowWho Rude is exactly what you are being. The 500 headlights are poor compared to many other cars - and there is nothing wrong with wanting to better headlights that illuminate the road better and that are ultimately safer. The 500s headlights are fine. What people fail to realise is that your dipped beams are there with the main purpose of making you more visible. In the
Originally Posted by 306maxi The 500s headlights are fine. What people fail to realise is that your dipped beams are there with the main purpose of making you more visible. In the situation where you have oncoming traffic the standard lights along with the light from other cars should be more than enough for safe motoring and when theres no oncoming traffic you use your high beams. The 500 has some
Originally Posted by YouKnowWho The 500 has some of the weakest headlights of any car I have driven. This is an opinion that is shared by many people (including others who drive my car on the rural A-roads near my house). Most notably for me is when I am driving my wifes car which has great headlights and then drive my 500 - which has much weaker headlights. You dismissing other people concerns as
Originally Posted by jrh10 Hi I have bought some replacements headlights from ebay - they are for left hand drive countries so i can register my car in france. Problem is they are completely different shape to the current lights - they are definitely for a fiat 500 but i have no idea how they fit. Does anyone have any instructions or experience of this. Any help would be appreciated. Jon Are you sure you havent accidently bought the high beamdrlsidelights rather than new headlights
Originally Posted by Ulpian Parking lights are no longer a legal requirement. Mmm not so sure the current Highway Code still states 249. All vehicles MUST display parking lights when parked on a road or a lay-by on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph (48 kmh) [Law RVLR reg 24] To me seems a sensible precaution anyway. Not being a 500 aficionado can you still do the old fiat trick of pushing
Originally Posted by 500dolly Hello So i just stupidly [dont ask how] managed to crash my 5 month old 1.2 bossa nova white 500 into my house wall. It has some pretty deep gashes under the passenger side headlight both headlights have popped out and are scratched. Assuming i need a new front bumper and headlights in order to have it back perfect how much is it likely to cost PL included at a dealer
Originally Posted by Blinky3000 Does the 500 have a function that turns the lights on for you when you get near the car Blinky the only headlight function on the 500 AFAIK is the see you home one. This will switch the headlights on when you have turned the ignition off and you flash the headlights. This lasts 15 seconds (or multiples of) and allows you to illuminate the path to your door on a dark night. Doesnt work for me just lights up the inside of the garage LOL.
Originally Posted by grimwau Blinky the only headlight function on the 500 AFAIK is the see you home one. This will switch the headlights on when you have turned the ignition off and you flash the headlights. This lasts 15 seconds (or multiples of) and allows you to illuminate the path to your door on a dark night. Doesnt work for me just lights up the inside of the garage LOL. Thought it goes up in
Originally Posted by grimwau Blinky the only headlight function on the 500 AFAIK is the see you home one. This will switch the headlights on when you have turned the ignition off and you flash the headlights. This lasts 15 seconds (or multiples of) and allows you to illuminate the path to your door on a dark night. Doesnt work for me just lights up the inside of the garage LOL. Wow ... didnt know it
Originally Posted by Daniyella So have i just driven to the shop without my proper lights on Ooops Im going to get my manuals out and have a read The headlights are not automatic no. Personally I just drive around with my headlights and DRLs on all the time. Its what Ive always done. Its probably not as beneficial in the 500 because its white but on green such as the 2 others we had its a lifesaver.
Originally Posted by 306maxi Well surely youd know by the darkness in front of your car as to whether you had your headlights on or not then again with the candle-like power of the 500 headlights theres sometimes not that much difference
Originally Posted by gib1970 then again with the candle-like power of the 500 headlights theres sometimes not that much difference The headlights on the 500 are just fine.
Originally Posted by 306maxi The headlights on the 500 are just fine. well they work and i wouldnt mess around upgrading them - but theyre a bit feeble in terms of output compared to most.
Originally Posted by jhj Hey guys. I am from South Africa. I recently bought my First 500 C BY Diesel. Our country does not give you the option of getting the Bi Xenon headlights. Our models are the European models same as yours. Will i be able to buy these lights in your country And if so can anyone give me info( email) of a place i can contact regarding getting them Thank you Jan Far far far far far too much work involved in retrofitting HIDs to a 500.
Originally Posted by 306maxi Far far far far far too much work involved in retrofitting HIDs to a 500. Just get some better uprated headlight bulbs light Osram Nightbrakers etc
Originally Posted by Jason_6780 Has anyone here got a 500 with the Optional Xenon headlights If I were to order a 500 as I was planning on doing I would opt for these. Anyone got them pictures TechHouseC Pictures in this thread.
Originally Posted by Mark Elvin Now Im sure the 500 has canbus system that will flash a warning when a bulbs out. However driving to work this morning & the drivers side dip beam goes out but no dash warning. Doesnt work on headlights strangely enough. I had an annoying fault with my rear numberplate light and the light came on but I took out the headlight bulb out and it didnt give the warning..... stupid if you ask me.
Here is a cinq what was ordered with Bi-xenon headlights. To be honest I dont like to look of the 500 with the xenons looks a bit too agressive for me IMHO... More pics here httpwww.cinquecentisti.comforum...onview&u7193 MissR thanked for this post
That makes it look a bit chavvy IMO. The 500 has a gentle face at the front the headlights look like friendly eyes this just makes it look odd. It works well on black cars but on other colours I think it would look odd.
are listed as an option but have Not available in the UK where the price is usually shown and if we select them we get an error message telling us we cannot order them. Hmmm..... that is interesting especially as my dealer has confirmed that they have been added to my build. Order number is 230 and is shown in the UK Spec 500 Family brochure and Spec list. According to the dealer they phoned fiat
Originally Posted by Scrogg fiat order numbers are 9 digits not 3. Sorry I meant customer option code - as listed in the brochure - 230. Ive seen the other post too and hadnt realised that they had added Tech House Grey and Goth Metal Blue to the 500 Hatch colour palette but according to the 500500C spec brochure you can order them on both Even stranger is the Detail by Diesel colours which clearly
But I think they would only be getting glare from lights if they are within the visible range of the headlights (ie where you can sort of see the edge of the dipped beam if you know what I mean). If the oncoming cars were beyond that range (which they were I think as the heads on 500 are pretty dim) then they would have unlikely to have been blinded by my headlights. More likely bumps in the road or my imagination.
Originally Posted by Spanish fiat Have taken the car to a fiat dealer and because the problem is intermittent when they plug it into their computer diagnostic system they see no problem. then start to give me a lesson on how to turn on the headlights Their computers wouldnt say there was a fault there even if it was happening in front of them unfortunately. Only option is part new from fiat or used from a Scrap Yard tbh.
I know with some cars that use the clear lenses that you can adjust them in the back for all the funky mirrors to bend the beam.... Not sure with the 500 thou. But on the other hand I drove 7000 miles in 2006 in the states with the panda with nothing on the lights and not one person flashed me American headlights have a weird light spread anyway so no one might notice Jim