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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-13-2012, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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2011 Outback Low Beam headlights Burnt Again

I have a 2011 that I purchased the end of 2010 the vehicle is 23 months old and I am on my 3rd set of Headlight bulbs. I have 53000k miles so long out of warranty. There is no resolution in site. I just filed a complaint with NHTSA. After some searching it does not appear this is an isolated instance if you are having the same problem get your vin number and file a
complaint with NHTSA maybe it will help.

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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-13-2012, 01:48 PM
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Just curious, do you use your headlights in the auto mode? This may have something to do with the constant on/off cycling the 10-12 is plagued with. If this is the case someone with a commute with a lot of overpasses could burn out their bulbs a lot faster than someone with less overpasses.
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Just a question. Who replaced the bulbs? Did they touch them with their fingers? The oil from fingertips can damage both the glass and metal, causing the bulb to blow out much sooner. These type bulbs should not be touched with bare fingers when installing them. You should always remove these bulbs from their packaging and install them with a paper towel or cloth to protect them from your direct touch.
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Couple of answers after the first set blew out we no longer use the Auto setting. As far as touching the bulbs during install I have a mechanic I have been using for years. High end shop very trusted I am sure he is not
touching the bulbs. The other annoyance is you have to remove the fender liner to access the bulb. You think they would have put and access door through the liner like I had on my ML320. I am very close to making
some kind of access door via the fender liner.

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13 months and almost 14,000 miles and no burned out bulbs yet, knock on wood (composite as that's closest). I use auto most of the time but my commute has 2 overpasses (round-trip).
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41,000 miles no burnt out bulbs yet. I did have a relay fail around 12,000 miles took the dealer about 10 minutes to replace it.

Do you drive on rough roads? When I was working on a ranch with a long rough driveway I went through all sorts of bulbs headlight bulbs - tail light bulbs etc the rough road was just beating the bulbs to death. HID's by the way hate rough roads even more than standard bulbs.
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That sucks but I just can't see the NHTSA doing anything about it. They're probably making jokes in their office right now about how many people it takes to change a Subaru light bulb.
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If I remember correctly, I remember when I got my 2011 I noticed people posting that they were having issues with the headlights burning out and they were replacing them quite often. I don't recall anything be done about it though.

There was an issue with the 03-05 Kia Sorento's where the head lights and taillights would blow out quite often. This did become a safety issue, NHTSA got involved, and a recall was issued.
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I put a set of Osram off road bulbs in mine when I got it and have not used the auto off/on sensor. No problem with the bulbs blowing...34,000km
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I realize I'm quite late to this thread, but I have the same issue as JoeA. This will be the second replacement in less than a year. It's been the passenger side both times. At around 30K. I do not use auto, and the dealership replaces them.
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