Advice on headlamp replacement for my son's 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

Philip Educator California Posted   Latest  
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited 3.6L (G ERC Gas) 9-spd (948TE) — 2C4RC1GGXHR635624

Friends,

My son (in Ohio and I in California) is asking for assistance on the repair of the daytime running lamps on his 2017 Pacifica mini-van. The headlamps have an integral lighting section that appears to be LED for the DRL's. The headlamps work fine but one side has no DRL. The Chrysler dealer quoted him a little over $1000 to replace the one headlamp. The bumper has to come off and Alldata lists the HID headlamp assembly as $859 so the price sounds about right. However, I found this on Ebay, ebay​.​com/itm… 

They are made in Mexico and of course, I have no idea what to expect in terms of quality but I wonder if anyone else has used this or a similar aftermarket product. Thanks for any enlightenment.

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Robert Technical Support Specialist
New York
Robert
 

Be ready for fault codes with a aftermarket housing with them, better off finding a used one at a salvage yard and the Pacifica bumper is no joy to remove.

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Eric Owner/Technician
Michigan
Eric
 

This kind of poor quality is so typical of Chrysler and other domestic brands. Sad thing is in a couple of years, it won't even be available from Chrysler.

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Robert Technical Support Specialist
New York
Robert
 

This is a FIAT based product so they have a great reputation for quality on their own, LOL

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Stephen Owner/Technician
California
Stephen
   

The light will likely be dimmer as the LED's are low quality. I've scene this happen on a Lexus led tail lamp housing.

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
   

It is stated to be OEM, and appears to be. Of course, what is shown and what is shipped are not always the same thing. It might be Magnetti-Marelli. OEM now ends in “H”, and is only a little more expensive.

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Robert Technical Support Specialist
New York
Robert
 

Probably one of the wonderful EBAY bait and switch sales. show OEM part in a box take some pics out of the box and sell as OEM. Only way to know if it is a OEM part is to order it and see if it comes in a Mopar box which is what it would be in from dealership or the box may have all FCA brand logos on it.

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Stephen Owner/Technician
California
Stephen
 

It's ebay. OEM really means “OEM liike" 😎

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Eric Owner/Technician
Michigan
Eric
 

OEM, Oriental Equipment Manufacturer

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Scott Owner
California
Scott
 

Hi Phil, I found this statement by the seller to be an indication of what might happen - “Please check your car OEM and make sure the products is comfortable for your car before your pur….” First thought, English is not their native language, although they show to be in OK, USA. I clicked on their feedback and now they show to be from China. If a deal sounds to good to be true…

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Richard Technician
New York
Richard
 

Hi Phil, that price sure is tempting compared to the 859. I would certainly go for it. My only other thought is, is a used one available? If not, I would give it a shot.

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Mark Owner
Pennsylvania
Mark
 

The add says its OEM in the title.

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Philip Educator
California
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I appreciate all the feedback and some gave me a nice laugh, as in the meaning of “OEM”. However, in consulting with my son over the lack of the LED light strip under his right headlamp, it seems that the cost to repair exceeds the benefit by a considerable margin, even with the Ebay headlamp. Removing the front bumper looks to be a serious project as well so this vehicle is not going to get…

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