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Old 03-23-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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So 3 months after getting the new Impreza, thanks to Subaru's poor design of not having any protective layer over them by default, I've already got a cracked fog light on the passenger side. I called my dealer today and they quoted me $300 just for the 'part' to fix it, which I know is the cost for the whole fog light kit. I didn't even bother to argue with the service guy over the phone since I knew it'd get me nowhere, but it's absolutely ridiculous that they want to charge me for 2 fog lights when only 1 is broken, not to mention it's just the glass lens that needs to be replaced.

What third-party options do I have to fix it? The glass lens is cracked open and I might need a new bulb, but that's it. Do I really need to replace the whole module just to swap out the glass?
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
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I feel your pain i had a cracked windshield and my drivers side fog is cracked, this was all after 3months. 300 bucks for fogs seems high to me. Im going to get some hella's or something like that when i go to replace them and do the install myself. Unless its something warranty related for the next few yrs im not going to the dealer.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:23 PM   #3
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www.rockauto.com

Id say under $95 shipped

Get some Rockblocker or better yet mesh fog covers
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link, much appreciated. Much rather do that and swap out myself. I hate to have to get the whole assembly but what can you do. I'm considering the Subaru fog light protectors, but I don't want to give the dealer more money if I don't have to.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:38 PM   #5
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lmao...poor design
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:42 PM   #6
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Fog protectors do very well. I have them installed and havent had a cracked fog housing/lens yet *knocks on wood*.


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Old 03-24-2011, 01:22 AM   #7
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Thanks for the pics. They don't look half bad. It's pretty ridiculous they aren't a part of the original fog light kit. All older subies I've seen have at least *something* protecting them.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:29 AM   #8
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i remember seeing a thread somewhere here where a guy was in the same situation. he was able to get those cheap $25 4" fog lights from pepboys or whatever, take that lens, and put them on our fog light housings. t'was successful. i'll see if i can find it
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:34 AM   #9
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:50 AM   #10
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lmao...poor design
same design as practically any other car on the road.

can u name one car that comes from the factory with stone shields?
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:56 PM   #11
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I had those fog lights protectors on my 2010 WRX.
People made fun of me because I had them on, cost $35 dollars at the dealer, fog light kit $300 and something....
They are great against gravel roads or debri on the highway. Good investment.

Somewthing is wrong with that price they gave you.
I just had one of my 2010 Legacy GT fog lights replaced because the hangers broke.
I paid $45 dollars for a brand new one at the dealer.
There is no need for you to buy the full kit. You can order them individually.
Good luck.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:29 PM   #12
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They may have given you a price with labor included.....still way high IMO
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:12 PM   #13
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Go to a "you pull" kind of salvage yard. You may be able to find a totaled impreza with a good fog you could swap out, or at least a lens. They'd probably charge you 20 bucks for it if you could find one.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:42 AM   #14
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same design as practically any other car on the road.

can u name one car that comes from the factory with stone shields?
Just because other manufacturers are doing the same thing doesn't refute the fact that it's poor design. Vertical glass low on the front of the vehicle and directly exposed to road debris is going to easily break, simple as that. That they can't include adequate protection with the fog light kit itself (that runs $300) is ridiculously cheap and borderline opportunistic, considering how many people get them fixed through the dealer no questions asked.

Look at the 00-02 Legacy to see it done right.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:48 AM   #15
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Great find, I'll definitely be giving this a shot. Thanks for the advice everyone.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:42 AM   #16
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Thought I would follow up for those with the same problem.

I ended up finding these fog lights on eBay for $10 shipped and used the lens to replace the cracked one. Thanks to bjkeed and this post by irish44j for the idea.



I couldn't find them at any of the local auto parts stores in my area (O'Reilly, Auto Zone, etc) so you'll probably have the best luck somewhere online. Navigator Driving Lights NV-552W.

It was fairly easy to remove the lens from their original casing. I then used a waterproof sealant normally for windshields to secure the replacement lens to the assembly and let it cure for 24 hours. Worked perfectly!

I also picked up the Subaru fog light projectors to make sure it doesn't get cracked again. They seem a little lame at first, but actually are hardly noticeable.



Last, but not least, a pair of Hoen Endurance fog light bulbs to replace the broken one.




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Old 08-30-2012, 10:12 PM   #17
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Just noticed both fogs on my 2012 STI are cracked after 6 months. Got too agree I think the lenses are built like Christmas ornaments. Since it happened I've been checking out other vehicles with similarly place lamps. So far none are cracked.

Dealer says too bad, road hazard, $400 to replace.
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Saw your post, I immediately made these:
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just finished sealing mine... got the last one in the store. now i need to make a protector.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:44 AM   #21
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I had a cracked fog light and bought the same lights as above from Advance Auto Parts. For the existing light I (carefully) broke up the glass a little so that when I used my heat gun I was pulling out smaller pieces rather than the whole lens. On the light from Advance Auto Parts I used my rotary tool to cut the backside of the light into a couple of individual pieces. It's much easier to do it in chunks.
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