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    Default C5 diesel does it again.

    Just back from my bi-annual trip east. Had a drama when the rr tyre showed up badly worn on the edge.
    Trailing arm bearings were shot on both sides.
    Many thank to the guys in Vic club and Paris motors for their efforts and getting me back on track on time.
    Completed 12,500klms again. Across the nully averaged 100klm/hr with 5.1 ltrs/100klms. Better than last time @ 5.9ltrs/. 307,000 klms now and running better than ever.
    My last such journey as I am feeling too old for this #hit.

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    Need to modify h/lights on both cars cos they stuff ballasts which I cannot replace. $.
    Any advice on whether the new xenon ballasts can be fitted??

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    Your never to old to chuck a Nitro kit on and do the Nully in half the time.
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    You'd have to have a very large tank to carry enough nitrous.. but it would be a hoot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary View Post
    Just back from my bi-annual trip east. Had a drama when the rr tyre showed up badly worn on the edge.
    Trailing arm bearings were shot on both sides.
    Many thank to the guys in Vic club and Paris motors for their efforts and getting me back on track on time.
    Completed 12,500klms again. Across the nully averaged 100klm/hr with 5.1 ltrs/100klms. Better than last time @ 5.9ltrs/. 307,000 klms now and running better than ever.
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    2001 model.
    Need to get rid of the valeo headlight ballasts which have failed in both my C5's and replace them with latest model ballasts.
    NOBODY as been able to tell me it can be done or how, without quoting major difficulties and prices, but the adverts on ebay indicate it can be done.
    Any help here please??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary View Post
    2001 model.
    Need to get rid of the valeo headlight ballasts which have failed in both my C5's and replace them with latest model ballasts.
    NOBODY as been able to tell me it can be done or how, without quoting major difficulties and prices, but the adverts on ebay indicate it can be done.
    Any help here please??
    Hi Cary, I have a 2004 C5 which has the valero Ballasts, never had a problem, at all. Both headlights always come on together. My previous car had normal Halogen globes, and I bought generic Xenon HIDs with generic ballasts, and fitted them to the Xantia. They worked well, about $50.00 a kit. But I would see no need to replace the valeo ones. Why don't you source 2 replacement headlights from a motor wrecker? A pretty cheap option.
    Good luck, cheers, George 1/8th.

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    Hi George.
    H/lights are very expensive from the wreckers I have tried, hence my thoughts on generic ballasts.
    They are both lhs which I think is strange.
    Guess I will have to soldier on.
    Cheers all.

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    Hi Cary,

    My experience with our 2002 C5 was the ballasts never gave trouble, but I have heard of cars that did?????

    Have you tried EBay UK?

    The other solution may be a pair of Halogen headlamps (UK), but you might have to reset the BSI to halogen not HDI.

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    If it's a 2001 HDi, then it will not have the HID headlamps and so has no ballast units. In Series 1 C5, these came as standard only on the V6, with the ballast secured to the bottom. So, if it's a bog standard 2001 HDi, then you should have the halogen headlights, which have a different enclosure and reflector shape - i.e. intended for halogen lamps, not HID. Used headlamps from a V6 with ballast and the lamp are not too hard to find used. There was a change in the internal wiring and the plug for the lamp though, so it's best to get a whole headlamp. It's normally the lamps that fail not the ballast units. If only one headlamp is out, try swapping the lamps and see if the fault follows.

    For the 2005-on facelift C5, the HID headlamps are different and have a turning projector lens inside. They are not interchangeable with the earlier type, which are only self-levelling and not turning.
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    Thanks David.
    I have the v6 in bits atm replacing thermostat etc because of o/ heat problem.
    It is the v6 with the ballast prob.
    Will investigate the hdi lamp outage when the v6 is up n runnin again.

    Anybody got lhs 2002 v6 hlight complete for me??

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    Well it gets betterer.
    Thanks to David I managed to get a replacement globe for my hdi.
    The plastic had melted around the prongs of the globe which required the use of a screwdriver to prise them apart.
    Cool. Except the spring is now somewhere under the car hopefully on the belly pan.
    It seems that my efforts to relocate the new globe were taking too long, so my back went into spasms, reducing me to a crumpled body on the garage floor.
    At least I can look forwards to about a week in bed, whilst my wife complains she has no car.
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