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Old 07-21-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Focus ST HID headlamps delayed

The 202A (ST3) package that included HID headlamps is delayed until Q4 2012. Customers that have pre-ordered can either wait until the package is available or change their order to the 200A or 201A package.


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Old 07-21-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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It seems that most orders were for the ST3.
I suspect it's because the youngins' need those HID's.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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It seems that most orders were for the ST3.
I suspect it's because the youngins' need those HID's.
I'm 35 (not sure if that makes me a youngin' or not?) and would've gladly paid an extra $800-$1000 for OEM HID's for my SE if they were offered. And if I were ordering an ST, I think I would've definitely gone with the ST3, mainly for the HID's. As far as the aftermarket "HID" kits, not so much. IMO it's not about aesthetics whatsoever, but good OEM HID's are just so much better functionally than halogens, especially if you ever do any driving on unlit country roads at night. My BMW has xenon headlamps that are "adaptive" (i.e., illuminate in the direction of cornering) and boy do I miss them when I'm driving the Focus at night. YMMV, of course.
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I'm 35 (not sure if that makes me a youngin' or not?) and would've gladly paid an extra $800-$1000 for OEM HID's for my SE if they were offered. And if I were ordering an ST, I think I would've definitely gone with the ST3, mainly for the HID's. As far as the aftermarket "HID" kits, not so much. IMO it's not about aesthetics whatsoever, but good OEM HID's are just so much better functionally than halogens, especially if you ever do any driving on unlit country roads at night. My BMW has xenon headlamps that are "adaptive" (i.e., illuminate in the direction of cornering) and boy do I miss them when I'm driving the Focus at night. YMMV, of course.
My 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 had adaptive HIDs.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:55 AM   #5
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My 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 had adaptive HIDs.
I just created an account to call you out on this.

No mazdaspeed has ever had adaptive HIDs. They have had ADJUSTABLE but not ADAPTIVE. And you can ONLY adjust them to 1 of 3 height settings... this to offset any added cargo weight.
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IMO it's not about aesthetics whatsoever, but good OEM HID's are just so much better functionally than halogens, especially if you ever do any driving on unlit country roads at night.
I've never had the experience of using HID's on a poorly lit road. I could imagine how they clearly would be better.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:53 AM   #7
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Great.....

Have they figured out how to stop these things from freaking blinding me when they drive past?

And I don't want to hear about "lensing". A brand new Benz was behind me recently and it was super, and IMO, dangerously distracting.
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Have they figured out how to stop these things from freaking blinding me when they drive past?
Nope. So far the only fix I've found is to change lanes... My rear view mirror is auto-dimming but it's rendered basically useless because my side mirrors aren't auto-dimming.
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I've never had the experience of using HID's on a poorly lit road. I could imagine how they clearly would be better.
Like night and day (no pun intended).

My last car, a Infiniti G35, had Xenon. HUGE difference between cars.

Even with SilverStar zXe, and PIAA Extreme white plus bulbs, driving down mountain roads from Big Bear at night in the Focus is a real chore.

The pattern is too narrow, can't see anything off to the sides to anticipate turns.
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yea, that was announced on thier Ford Focus ST facebook about a month ago
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