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Picked up a 2019 forester sport. Just after a week getting it and driving to work. While on the freeway I hear a loud pop noise. Got to work, looked around and didn’t see anything so assume something hit underneath. Few days later I see a crack headlight...just my luck.
 

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Wonder if they are acoustic headlight lens made by AGC Automotive:grin2:
 

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fuuudge!

Would those clear 3m protectors help? I just got the 2019 for my wife, and ive been looking for protective stuff.

Cleaning out and detailing her impreza for trade in, i saw many small superficial scuffs in the front and rear.
 

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Geez, what luck. Best to just ride it out as long as you can and hopefully someone will be selling one of those soon.
 

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fuuudge!

Would those clear 3m protectors help? I just got the 2019 for my wife, and ive been looking for protective stuff.

Cleaning out and detailing her impreza for trade in, i saw many small superficial scuffs in the front and rear.
Yes. People should always protect the headlights with 3m. I use the mildest tint (not clear) possible. You lose about 2-5% output but they are protected and look better.

you have to buy the entire housing, as you can’t just buy the lenses. Some housings can be 10 grand+ for a pair.

Ridiculous
 

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Geez, what luck. Best to just ride it out as long as you can and hopefully someone will be selling one of those soon.
Yeah, I’m riding it out as I’m sure it’ll be way to expensive to replace. Having a kid along the way so the headlights would the lowest of priorities.
 

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fuuudge!

Would those clear 3m protectors help? I just got the 2019 for my wife, and ive been looking for protective stuff.

Cleaning out and detailing her impreza for trade in, i saw many small superficial scuffs in the front and rear.


Yes. People should always protect the headlights with 3m. I use the mildest tint (not clear) possible. You lose about 2-5% output but they are protected and look better.

you have to buy the entire housing, as you can’t just buy the lenses. Some housings can be 10 grand+ for a pair.

Ridiculous
Oh snaps! 10 grand plus for a new headlight housing? Fml.
 

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Am I the only one on here with insurance? Comprehensive covers crap that happens, headlights, windshields, runaway grocery carts etc.
 

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Right on, JMW; especially with the insane replacement numbers being thrown around on this thread a call to the agent is a no-brainer. The comp deductible is probably $50 to $250 at the high end, although I'd think a little if I had $250. I have zero glass, but I assume that's just windows/windshield.
 

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Better the headlight than sheet metal, in my view.

Years ago, on a West Coast interstate, an Aunt of mine had her VW Passat struck by a solid piece of metal weighing the better part of a pound. It turned out to be the handle from the type the hydraulic controls found on heavy load carrying OTR truck trailers or the like. I could only guess the damage if it hit the windshield or the car body, let alone the undercarriage.

She had no idea she was struck by it, because I found it embedded in the radiator grill. The plastic grill was the only thing damaged. Pure luck.

I have driven a lot in Europe over the last three decades; France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Northern Italy, mostly. The roads are well maintained and spotless compared with here. Germany in particular with France being less so than the rest.

In 2015, I saw a multi-vehicle accident on an Autobahn in southern Germany in which a Honda Civic ended up on its roof. While waiting to pass the accident, the most impressive thing aside from how well the emergency crews were equipped, how organized they were, and how polite and focused all the other drivers were in getting past the accident in an orderly manner, was how thorough the roadway was cleaned of accident debris and fluids by the responding firemen and highway crews. Nothing but nothing from the accident was left on the roadway.
 

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Just did a little quick search on a used auto part website using the following search criteria

Subaru
Forester
2019
Headlight assembly - complete
Subaru parts only, no interchange.

Sitting down?

Between $550-$600 ea, RH or LH

For that price, I'd try to ignore it unless your state fails you at inspection. Or put a light tint protector on it to make it less visible.
 
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