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    Golf SV Cracks in Headlights

    My Golf SV is 2 years old. It has cracks in both headlights. I have been told it is because the headlights are made out of plastic, and the heat of the bulbs have made them crack. Usually the cold wind, while driving, dissipates the heat, so I must have been standing still for prolonged periods with my headlights on.
    I haven't. I deny this.
    I have been told that these headlights cannot be replaced under the VW warranty because the cracks do not interfere with the headlamp beam. I have also been told that this will not affect the resale value, because the salesman will not notice.
    Am I allowed to post the garage's name?

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    Hi Pie Man,

    No one else seems to be responding to your query, so I'll add my two-penny worth for you

    Have you fitted uprated bulbs with a higher heat output? In all my years of driving, have never heard of headlights cracking in the way you have described... and that includes all the cars that I have added high-intensity bulbs to. The only time I have experienced a cracked headlight was when it was hit by a stone leaving a clear impact mark on the lens.

    How big are the cracks? If they are so small that they will not be noticed when you resell the car, then they will probably not have any effect on the beam. But will they grow and let water in? And I'd think that they would only be covered under the warranty if you could prove a manufacturing defect.

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    Very common, people (including myself) have tried to polish them and in the end give up and fit news units, far less stress and mess.
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