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2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone else

I just leased the 2011 SRX "Luxury" package with extra Nav. and tow. The headlights are very disappointing to me. The high beams are great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone else feel the same? Any advice? I wish I sprung for the fog lights just to get some extra light. I previously had the Enclave and the low lights were very good.
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

have your dealer double check the headlight alignment... it's possible that they're aimed too far downward
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

Also, please realize that they are not HID in the Luxury.
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

My observations as well, btw, for those of us who've never had HID's to benchmark against on previous or other vehicles, it shouldn't matter. What would have helped is that Cad would have included fogs as std equipment like it was on my previous three GMC vehicles, come on Cadillac, what's up with that? As PP suggested, next trip to dealer, have them check alignment, that's what I'm going to do.
 

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Exactly correct. I am terribly dissapointed with the same situation and truly feel that the low beams are so bad that they pose a danger to night driving. We just turned in our 2008 Acadia which had the HID lights, bright and powerful but the SRX Lux lows's are terrible. 2011 SRX Lux edition


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Glad I'm not alone. I will show this post to my dealer because they always have the ready response "well, we never heard that complaint from anyone else before". I think they are aimed correctly, and I am sure the dealer will say so, but will ask them to check.
skyoung - I agree, I literally felt unsafe, and even though it is leased, I considered adding fog lights. I'm quite pissed about this.
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

Another question - does anyone know if these can be converted to HID and if so what would be the approx. cost?
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

The Enclave had standard HID lights. Very strong. There is a difference! You get what you pay for and now after having them on the Enclave and current SRX, I had to go buy some aftermarket replacement bulbs for my 2011 Yukon! Standard halogen bulbs did not compare. Perhaps it's what you get used to??

Anyway P.I.A to change the bulbs.........adjusted some stuff under hood so next time I can do in 10 minutes per side, max. There are some threads here about what a big job it is to change the SRX headlite bulbs. I think Capt has done????
See post on adding HID's................

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forum...ftermarket-hid-lights-base-luxury-models.html

I'd add FOG lites! 4 lights better than 2.

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

At dealer, dont bother, there is no aligment to be done. Halogens suck.
 

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also, converting halogen capsules to HID is illegal
(not to mention dangerous since the halogen capsule will spread the HID light in the eyes of oncoming traffic worse than high beams - which is why it's illegal)
 

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I went to my dealer and complained bitterly about the lousy low beams of my LUx model, he didn't seem to be bothered with my arguement even when I told him It was a serious issue with regard to safety. I think Cadillac has dropped the ball on this one. Our previous auto, an Acadia had HID's and what a difference. Driving lights, well they don't project out, just in front of the car so my gess Is I will try to get more powerful bulbs like PIA or better. Aside from this small complaint, both my wife and I love the car, it is great, especially now I put 20 " RSX wheels on it and big fatties, it looks real good. We also got the GPS opton. Dr Dave, I am a PA in the greater Seattle Area, Greetings
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

Simple solution for night driving on dark roads with my SRX Luxury Model.

I installed the following:
Replaced factory bulbs with Sylvania Silverstar H11 bulbs- Headlights still didnt light up the road until I added driving lights mounted on the lower grill below bumper.

Optronics Platinum Burner Series QH84CF driving lights with glass lens
5" wide x 2.3"high x 2.3"deep
H3 halogen bulbs
$19 at Walmart Auto Dept
very simple instalation

SRX now lights up dark roads with bright white light and no complaints from on coming traffic.

For some reason the Cadillac designers didnt use a wide beam projector headlight lens on the base and luxury model. They must of thought that senior citizens only drive during daylight hours.
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

I have aftermarket HID's installed on my Luxury model and the cut off line is exactly the same as the factory model. The reason people say the lights are illegal is because the lights are not auto leveling. If you keep your lights aimed this is not a problem. I have a thread in this forum that explains the mod. You can probally get a shop in your area to do the installation. Most shops doing radio installs, and other modifications will probally do the lights. You can also have the dealer do the fog light installation and add HID's to the fogs. This will help greatly if you don't want to go the aftermarket HID headlight route. I have to say, the factory halogens are terrible. This is the reason I changed my lights to HID's. All my other cars have HID"s and I couldn't live without them. I also have HID's in my fogs and the combination is unbelievable.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forum...ftermarket-hid-lights-base-luxury-models.html
 

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I'm a big fan of Xenon headlights- there's a huge difference between them and halogens.

It's not super cost effective, but another option may be installing a GM Foglight package through your dealer. It uses the same exact parts as what comes on the Performance and Premium models, replacing the black plastic "blank" on your front bumpers. Cost installed should be less than $500.
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

I just leased the 2011 SRX "Luxury" package with extra Nav. and tow. The headlights are very disappointing to me. The high beams are great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone else feel the same? Any advice? I wish I sprung for the fog lights just to get some extra light. I previously had the Enclave and the low lights were very good.
I changed out the H11 bulbs on my wife's SRX with the Philips Ultra Crystal Vision. There is a noticeable improvement in brightness.
Also did a DIY install on the foglights. My cost was $400 with dealer programming.
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

I just checked Auto Zone who carries SilverStar and they are not compatible with 2011 SRX AWD Luxury.
MY dealer wanted $638 to install fog lites, I told him where he should install them.
 

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Re: 2011 SRX "Luxury" headlights - high beams great but low beams TERRIBLE....anyone

2011 has H10's not H11's.
 
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