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Old 09-24-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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Always keep your headlights on automatic...

because your dash is illuminated all the time whether your headlights are on or not.

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Old 09-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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I have the auto lamp feature and used it for about a week then decided to leave them on manual ...I prefere them to be on when I want them on and off when I want them off. I also use the fogs as drl's sometimes and those have to be set manually.

I know what u mean though on well lit streets it can be easy to drive away with the lights off which is not good.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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I like the idea of turning my headlights on and off as I need them, so sometimes I'll set them to the 'off' position. Then, like you said, I drive off at night in the city and my headlights are off and I'm none the wiser because my dash is fully lit up.

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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I do not want the car to decide stuff like that. I turn my lights on when "I" want them on.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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I leave mine on auto and have had no issues.

The only thing that's a bit of a nuisance is the way the NAV screens toggles from daylight mode to nighttime mode -- at dusk it can toggle between the two several times before settling on nighttime mode. They need to learn the concept of hysteresis...


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Old 09-24-2012, 09:03 PM   #6
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The car on the screen will illuminate its headlights when they are on.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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I drive with my parking and fog lights on.
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I'm in Canada where the Focus comes with daytime running lights, so I can't ever actually turn the headlights off even if I turn the dial to off. They're always on. Hate that.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:50 AM   #9
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Would love DRL's.

The auto-headlight functionality is lovely in theory. On this car, in practice, they suck.
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I'm in the habit of leaving the switch on auto, but I usually end up switching them on manually due to the poor sensitivity of the system. So, basically I use the "auto" position as "off". This reduces the possibility of me driving off into the night on well-lit streets without the headlights on.
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