- Sep 18, 2009
I'll never complain about working on my G-body ever again. My daughter needed a low beam headlight bulb replaced on her '10 Subaru Legacy. First off- whoever the j* engineer was that designed this set-up must have been getting even for Hiroshima. The low beam is inside a canister looking tube with a screw-on lid at the rear. The bulb is tucked away inside that and held in place with a big springy clip. The clip is retained by a cheapola plastic tit that breaks as soon as you drive out of the stealership. And all this placed behind metal bulkheads and components so that you absolutely can't get at it unless you remove the whole headlight assembly from the car. Which requires removing half the front of the car to get the stupid headlights out. Then you get to wrestle the cap off trying not to break it. Once off, the clip just falls out, and then you understand why the bulb keeps failing. Without the clip it is free to bang around inside the lens until it breaks. No way to fix the broken plastic tit without buying a whole new headlight assembly which goes for between $200-$300. $700 at stealership. My fix was to grab a small piece of Styrofoam from the garbage and trim it so it fits inside the cap and holds the bulb in place. Cost: $0. Then it all goes back together and you can rest assured the other side will be needing replacement soon enough. Total time to figure all this out: 4 hours. Total wounds: 2 deep scratches on wrist trying to get at it from behind the wheel well splash panel as instructed in the owner's manual. A big FU to whoever wrote that manual.