Chrysler Headlight Buyer’s Guide
- Chrysler cars are popular for their distinctive silhouette and luxurious feel. Maintaining these cars is a must for most owners. One part that will need replacement after some time is the Chrysler headlight.
- There are three basic types of headlights - halogen, the classic and usually most affordable, HID, bright and more expensive, and LED - the less far-reaching but higher field of vision alternative.
- Due to the wide range of options, the range of buying one headlight can cost anywhere from $20 to over $400.
Chrysler is one of the “Big Three” American automobile manufacturers, together with General Motors Company and Ford Motors. Despite the company’s financial crisis in 2008, Chrysler has managed to stabilize their situation. Today, it continues to produce some of the most distinctive, classy, and well-built vehicles in the market.
Because of their beautiful classical silhouettes, Chrysler car owners are keen on keeping and maintaining their vehicles, and, as with all electronics, the need to replace certain car parts is inevitable. One of the parts that would need replacement after some time is the Chrysler headlight.
What are the Different Kinds of Chrysler Headlights?
There are three basic kinds of headlights: Halogen, HID, and LED. Halogen lights are the oldest and usually most readily available. They are relatively easy on the pocket but are also more prone to overheating. In terms of brightness, these are the least bright among the three.
HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. As the name suggests, it is the brightest amongst the three types of car headlights. However, with the increase in brightness comes an increase in cost too. These bulbs also use more power and can wear well below their expected 7,000 hours of life expectancy. Also, they can take a couple of seconds to warm up to full brightness. Some drivers also complain that HIDs can be too bright — they can be blinding to see in the mirror and can cause reflective road signs to be difficult to read at night.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. While common in household use, not a lot of car owners rely on LEDs due to the initial models being quite dim compared to even halogen. The strength of LED headlights lies in their ability to light across a wider expanse than the other two. While halogen and HID can let you see far, they are more focused lights, whereas LED naturally diffuses and gives you a wider field of vision. LEDs are the longest lasting of all three types of automotive lights, and they require no warm up time.
Common Chrysler Headlight Problems
Factory Chrysler 300 headlights have been known to have blinking issues, and some car dealers will replace these faulty headlights for free. The 2015 Chrysler 200 headlight and the same component in other year models suffer a similar issue. They have been reported to cut out without explanation, and some suffer from poor illumination. With these common headlight issues, some Chrysler owners will almost definitely need to have their headlights replaced at least once in the years of their ownership.
Difference Between OEM vs Aftermarket Parts
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts are also known as “genuine” car parts because they are manufactured directly by Chrysler or any of their official partners. You can easily find these in dealerships or official Chrysler parts sellers.
Aftermarket parts, meanwhile, are made by third-party car parts manufacturers. While they are not made by the manufacturer, aftermarket parts are specially produced to match the specs of original parts and are definitely comparable with the original factory parts.
How Much Will My Headlight Replacement Cost?
With the wide range of Chrysler models and headlight types, your replacement headlight can cost anywhere from $20 to over $400. The final cost will all depend on your car’s model, as well as the type of light you choose.