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#1 Old 01-29-2013, 01:36 AM
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Projector & Warranty

Hi all,

I just bought the Hyundai Elantra Limited 2013 last month. I would like to install the projector headlight w/ LED on my car. I went to eBay and found a really good match for my interest (Link provided). My questions is: will I void my warranty if I install the replacement? Thanks!


Black CCFL Halo Projector Headlights w LED Parking Lights for 2011 2013 Elantra | eBay

BLACK CCFL HALO PROJECTOR HEADLIGHTS w/ LED PARKING LIGHTS FOR 2011-2013 ELANTRA
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I guess it will not void your warranty, that is 1:1 replacement of headlights.
no tapping or cutting of wires will happen.
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You can always call the phone number on your warranty and ask. It will probably fall under the 3y/36000 electronic warranty.
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depends on the dealer.
Some will say this was modification and voids total warranty, some will not warrant the headlights only, some will not accept warranty on the electric part of the car, while others will not notice it at all...

There is no way to tell.


However, keep in mind this headlight is not OEM headlight. I am not sure whether or not it was certified. In other words - is it street legal or not. The Seller does not show any picture of the certificates stamped on the "glass". Look onto your headlights and you will find several letters and numbers - those are certificates allowing this car to be driven anywhere in the world - but not to be registered anywhere.

If you want to be sure it is just fine, go with OEM headlight with projectors setup from Avante. The sell them along with OEM HID setup.

It might have same issue for warranty, but the light distribution will be close to ideal while the cheap projector might be very poor - cut off line can be crooked, not sharp, it may have very poor light intensity (very intense in the near front and poor on distance), and so on...

As you noticed, there is no picture of the cut off line.



And on the end.
From my experience aftermarket replacements are cheaper because they are poorer quality. I tested it on three different reflectors - two for cars I used to own in Europe and one here - 2009 Elantra.
High beam is much worse. Low beam - not so bad, but may strokes, some empty spots, and cut off line is not same as it is with OEM. Turn signal is half intensity and pointed too low comparing to OEM.

Just my opinion...

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I had purchased eagle eye LED/Halo headlights for my '06 sonata and loved them. IMO they were my favorite mod and I would get them again in a heartbeat. I ended up selling the car so I didn't see how many years they would last, but for the time I had them, I had absolutely no problems with them. I sold them to another member here (not sure if he's still around) but I never heard that he had any issues with them. Also, for the price of them, I could've bought two sets of them for the cost of another aftermarket headlight. So the way I looked at it, if I had a problem with one after a few years I could buy a second set and still be ahead.

In regards to the warranty, take a look at the magnuson moss act (link below). To summarize a manufacturer can not deny warranty work unless they can prove that the aftermarket problem caused the defect. So for something like headlights, if you start having headlight problems, they most likely wouldn't cover anything under warranty, but all other parts of your warranty would remain in tact.

To answer a good point PLP made, the headlights by Eagles Eyes are SAE/DOT approved. The one's I had were marked on the headlight and this listing does mention that they are approved and street legal so I would imagine they would be marked as well.

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They will not void your entire warranty. They have to prove whatever you are trying to get warranty covered that the failure was a result of you adding those headlamps. Meaning, if your rear shock absorber goes out, that would still be covered since there is no way headlights would have caused that. Now, if you fried your entire electrical system and they traced it back to a short in the headlights...then that is grounds for them to deny you warranty coverage.

Sorry for the duplicate post. I just went back and read Alex's second paragraph. That info is correct.

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^^ What they said. Spot on.

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I had purchased eagle eye LED/Halo headlights for my '06 sonata and loved them. IMO they were my favorite mod and I would get them again in a heartbeat.
who was the supplier?

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a manufacturer can not deny warranty work unless they can prove that the aftermarket problem caused the defect.
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Now, if you fried your entire electrical system and they traced it back to a short in the headlights...then that is grounds for them to deny you warranty coverage.

Sure, that is clear and seems fair, right?
But - how do you see the "must prove" part?

There was a case, in KIA forum, where one of the members got a brand new Sorento. He put HID kit into it. Not a big deal, right?
Everything was fine until one day when the car simply died. No hiccups, no warnings - simply stopped.
So, took it to dealer, they checked everything and... for whatever reason BCM or ECU (I do not recall which one) got fried.

They (KIA) linked that to HID. There was no apparent connection between these two - relays, fuses, and what not. But they still insisted the HID caused the problem.
After long fight - the was charged over 3000 USD in repairs.
Finally, he got the money back, but it took a lot of effort.

The bottom line is - they did not really say how and why - they only said HID is at fault. It was the dealer and the regional rep, and...

Hence, they could refuse almost anything if there is any link. For instance - if EPS fails. Why not, right?


What I do - if I must take my Rondo to dealer for any repair I remove HID. Just in case...
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What I do - if I must take my Rondo to dealer for any repair I remove HID. Just in case...
LOL....I did exactly the same while I had non-HID vehiclesBut now - not, my heads are an OEM and same warranty applies to it

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