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Old 28th November 2019, 22:41   #1
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Got in the tourer today and the bulb warning light came on when I switched on the side lights . Out I jumped to do a check and the o/s/f side lampbulb had failed but I can't complain as it was the original fitted at Longbridge more than 17 years ago ! It was a bit fiddly to replace due to it's location within the lamp but a few twists and it was out.

There's still a few factory fitted bulbs to the car such as main beam , rear number plate lamps and a couple of bulbs still in the rear lights so lets see if we can get to 20 years !
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Old 28th November 2019, 23:45   #2
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Got in the tourer today and the bulb warning light came on when I switched on the side lights . Out I jumped to do a check and the o/s/f side lampbulb had failed but I can't complain as it was the original fitted at Longbridge more than 17 years ago ! It was a bit fiddly to replace due to it's location within the lamp but a few twists and it was out.

There's still a few factory fitted bulbs to the car such as main beam , rear number plate lamps and a couple of bulbs still in the rear lights so lets see if we can get to 20 years !
You're very lucky -unbelievable! I've change around 10-20 in mine in 17 years! Bulb quality today is not a patch!
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Old 29th November 2019, 00:00   #3
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I have had my 200 coupe 20 years next month and have never had a bulb failure of any description,internal or external.In saying that,it has never been a daily.Still a testament to bulb quality.
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Old 29th November 2019, 12:56   #4
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You're very lucky -unbelievable! I've change around 10-20 in mine in 17 years! Bulb quality today is not a patch!
The surprise is how long the little 501 capless bulbs have lasted. I still have an original bulb in the n/s/f and o/s/r side lights and to think how many times the side lights have been switched on over the years !
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Old 29th November 2019, 15:59   #5
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My 20 year old car had its first failed bulb changed last year. It was a brake light bulb.
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Old 29th November 2019, 16:32   #6
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I fitted Osram nightbreakers for the headlights on my ZT and they were shocking. Swapped to Philips in the end and didn't have one go.
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Old 29th November 2019, 17:04   #7
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My 20 year old car had its first failed bulb changed last year. It was a brake light bulb.
Shocking unreliability if only there was still a manufacturer to complain to
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That's some going.

My first R75 absolutely ate bulbs and was the worse car I had owned for bulbs failing. It was so bad my wife used to comment on it. Had that car from the dealership for 5 years.

My current Zed has had a couple go in 4 years (indicator, number plate, Xenon, brake and rear light) so not exactly brilliant. My Sup has never had a bulb failure in the 9 years I have owned it.
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Old 30th November 2019, 22:38   #9
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I acquired my ZT in 2014 and she would eat headlight bulbs. But since replacing the alternator in 2017 I've had no blown bulbs at all. I have quite a few spares in case NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD- or Murphy read this post
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I have had my 200 coupe 20 years next month and have never had a bulb failure of any description,internal or external.In saying that,it has never been a daily.Still a testament to bulb quality.
I got pulled over in the 214 just before I laid it up, one of the 5W capless wedge bulbs in the back light was a bit dim.

Upon inspection, the bulb still worked despite having silvered inside.

That was the only bulb in nearly 400,000 miles.......absolute rubbish I tell you

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