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Late 2016 / Early 2017 S Owners: How Are Your Daytime Running Lights Holding Up?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by houstonian, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. tessellator

    tessellator Member

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    Awesome, in the week since i posted, the DRL in my driver-side light has basically completely died.
    I really hope there's a longer-term fix for this, i don't want to be on the hook for replacing these yearly once the warranty runs out.

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  2. cucubits

    cucubits Active Member

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    There isn't.

    I'm amazed that my last replacement set hasn't burned out yet (in about 6 months)... well, I've done it now, jinxed it...
     
  3. zimeon

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    Looks like mine, and I'm out of warranty. Not going to replace it, rather wait for the other one to burn out as well and thus have it looking the same again :D
     
  4. Snerruc

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    Never had a problem with the lights on my 16 facelift car. My current Raven’s lights are both fading from the inside out. Probably will just let them go. As far as brightness of the headlights, both my cars had the lights set too low. Adjusting them up made a big difference. I don’t know why they do that.
     
  5. ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️

    ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️ Respect the mods stay on topic

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    Mine are getting dim and my warranty ends in December. I wonder if they would just make a note of it and replace for free after warranty if they end up completely going out or if they ever update the part with something more reliable.
     
  6. tessellator

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    I'm kinda curious if tesla will be forced to keep fixing these for free after warranty since failing lights are a safety hazard, so they can't get away with the same bs as the yellowing screens.
    FWIW my wife has a 2011 audi and it's LED DRLs are still like new.
     
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  7. SucreTease

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    My original headlights began to fail a little more than a year after delivery and were replaced last November.
     
  8. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 Porsche 918 Hybrid

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    Does this headlight issue affect all facelift cars or just a few?
     
  9. Bill_75D

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    My original DRLs are still going strong (Dec '16 build) at 40,000 miles.
     
  10. adspguy

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    That's what I said about my december 16 build, but just 500 miles after the warranty ran out, my driver side one started to fade and is now more than half gone. I had posted on here that mine were fine, I think that jinxed it. I hope you didn't just do the same :)
     
  11. byeLT4

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    Arizona.. Hmmm... Garaged at home and at work? Just curious as I thought I read (in this thread) that the heat affects it. Or maybe you just got lucky!
     
  12. Duke-U

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    Dec 16 build, and just shortly after warranty on side started to fade in the corner. Not planning to replace them.
    Has anybody tried to dismantle these units? I saw Rich Rebuilds do it on the older pre-led models.
     
  13. Bill_75D

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    Garaged at home all the time since I am retired. It comes out for errands and road trips. My garage gets over 100° in the summer here in AZ.
     
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  14. SCharged

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    Offer Up has used ones for sale. That's an option but I guess those can also fail..
     
  15. PCMc

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    @FlatSix911 - As best I can tell this issue impacts all facelift Model S vehicles. I am not quite as certain relative to Model X. It's a similar design, and I also see a decent number of MX posts, but honestly don't pay attention to those as much as MS.

    I have a pretty early facelift myself, June 2016 build MS90D. Both mine replaced after about 2 years, 30k miles and then the passenger side replaced a second time in Sept 2019 right before my warranty expired due to mileage. Given the number posts I see on newer cars, it does not appear there has been a design change to fully resolve the issue. Some speculate heat is an issue, but I live in central midwest, car garaged. Yeah I do see winter/summer variation, but nothing like Pheonix or Florida consistent summer heat or North Dakota type cold.

    Unless you regularly are in a situation where you see your car with the headlights on, many might have the issue and not even realize. I was likely that way when my first headlight started going out. I only realize it when I went to get something from my car one night and didn't turn on the garage light.
     
  16. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 Porsche 918 Hybrid

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    Thanks, I have a classic Model S and was interested to see if the problem has been resolved if I purchase a new Raven Model S.
     

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