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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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$240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

One of my headlamps just burned out on my 09 Traverse w/60K miles. Since the bulbs dim with age, when one is replaced they recommend that you replace both at the same time for maximum visibility. If this happens to you, it's 1.8 hrs of labor and about $20 to replace each bulb. The stupid idiot engineers at GM put the air filter box in the way of getting access to the headlight on one side and a big fuse box in the way to prevent access to the headlight on the opposite side. In order to gain access to the headlamp assembly, the tech has to go in through the wheel well. I'm so SICK AND TIRED of this car I can't even tell you.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 10:08 AM
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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

The Standard procedure is to go through the wheel well. Some new cars on the market are even worse. The worst part is it only takes 5 minuets to change a blub... At least that's all it took me. So they took you for a ride... Don't blame GM it's who ever serviced the lights.

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TO access the rear of the headlamps to replace burned out bulbs- requires that you remove 4 screws- 2 in the wheel well and 2 under the bumper- and then pull the plastic wheel well shield just enough to turn and remove the cover.

"It is really this simple." So I will state it again you were ripped off by the Service techs. I could have pulled the engine out in 1.8 hrs.

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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

As stated before, you were ripped off. It is literally a 5 minute job.....10 with a break between bulbs.....sorry to say

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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

yes- thats right-- they ripped you off.
the last time I changed my bulbs- it took me 20 min to do both sides- all while watching my 2 yr old -to make sure he didnt run into the street- and having him hand me 'tools'.... and you know how long it takes for a little one to hand you a screwdriver.

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One of my headlamps just burned out on my 09 Traverse w/60K miles. Since the bulbs dim with age, when one is replaced they recommend that you replace both at the same time for maximum visibility. If this happens to you, it's 1.8 hrs of labor and about $20 to replace each bulb. The stupid idiot engineers at GM put the air filter box in the way of getting access to the headlight on one side and a big fuse box in the way to prevent access to the headlight on the opposite side. In order to gain access to the headlamp assembly, the tech has to go in through the wheel well. I'm so SICK AND TIRED of this car I can't even tell you.
Did you have this done at your Chevy dealer ? When they gave you the quote, I'm assuming here you asked for the price, you should have jumped into your Traverse and moved on ..... don't blame Chevrolet.

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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

heres a how to I made on how to change your headlight bulbs... wih pictures

http://www.traverseforum.com/index.p...sg3980#msg3980

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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

Good grief! Worst car I have ever had to change the HL bulb on was a Volvo xc70. First time 45 minutes and my entire library of cuss words. Now under ten mins.
Best? Honda-under 5 mins last time by feel in the pitch black of night without a flash light.
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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

The GM dealer wanted $254 so I went to a local garage and they came out with the $240 quote. I got the Traverse back a few hours ago and the bill came to $212 with a coupon I found so I still saved quite a bit vs the dealership.

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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

A Dealer told me I had a bulb out on my silverado and asked if I wanted them to change it. Ok but how much $$ , $32.00 ?? which bulb was out I asked? A side marker "wheat bulb" $.75 Never mind I'll do it. These are the rates dealers charge when they go by the book not real life. Be careful

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 09:32 PM
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Re: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!

My dealer quoted me $110 complete to swap out both halogen headlamps with the projector headlamps I bought on ebay.
And that's a lot more work involved than just replacing the bulbs.
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