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  1. The CBIs are definitely whiter, but my recommendation would be to go for the Lasers. Looking good won't do much if you can't see where you're going 🙂
  2. I just changed cars to a Mondeo this week. The CBI was in my previous Mk3 Focus, and yes they were fine in the dry but much poorer in the wet. Nightbreaker Lasers were much better. Be aware that the colour of the Laser isn't pure white - it's kind of inbetween a halogen and one of those German fancy lights. However, it gives very decent light output, including in the wet.
  3. Tip of the hat to scoggy there - I had the same update issue with the corrupt files. What fixed it for me was using the direct URL to download the update rather than clicking the button on the Ford update site to download. That allowed for extraction of the files without any CRC errors. This is something I've seen before with other cloud-hosted downloads; sometimes a fancy button to download the files results in slow or corrupt data, whereas using the direct download URL seems to work. Interestingly, the update link I got for my 2017 Mondeo points to the same download file scoggy used, so I suspect it's tailored more to the Sync version rather than a specific vehicle.
  4. They're definitely better, but the headlight design isn't the best on the Focus. I do find them a definite improvement over the stock, but don't expect miracles...
  5. The Nightbreaker Lasers are definitely yellower; I'd describe them as a warm white colour. However, they are also brighter than the Cool Blue Intense, and the yellower tint improves visibility in poor weather, especially on wet roads.
  6. TBH, mechanically there's nothing too worrying on that list - those are the kind of things that you'd expect to replace on a car of that age and mileage. What might be the deciding factor is rust - once the dreaded tin worm sets in, the repair costs will creep up. Depending on the bodywork condition, there's probably a fair amount of life left in it. Of course, if you're just looking for justification to buy a new shiny, that's a different story 🙂
  7. Clearly she remembers the tiger in your tank adverts from many years ago, and is trying to recreate them.
  8. Give the mechanism a good clean and some lubrication, that should help. Normally it's just a dirty rod. Fnar. Also, check the screen wash is up to spec. It's very easy for the headlight washers to freeze, which will cause problems.
  9. If I don't use the car for a couple of days in the cold weather then the glow plug light seems to stay on a bit longer, and occasionally the engine start is delayed. If it gets used regularly then the light barely comes on. This evening it was 1C and I didn't even see it come on.
  10. It's a bit random. The other day mine insisted on going through the pre-heat process when it was about 3C; today it was colder and started straight away. For the headlights a small amount of misting in cold weather isn't a problem. Putting the lights on should heat up the air inside and dry them out. There are also some rubber breather pipes on the back of the headlights; check they're not blocked as they allow the damp air to escape. If the misting becomes bad then it may be the seal around the light unit that's gone. Either that will need resealing (which is difficult and not always successful) or a new light unit (expensive). I once had it so bad on one car that one of the headlights was half full of water. That probably counts as a replacement light situation 🙂
  11. As an additional thought, you could try using rubber gloves. That should give a bit more grip, plus protect the bulb and holder.
  12. Anticlockwise, if you're looking at the back of the headlight, I think - but it's been a while. It will only turn one way. Try moving it by very small amounts and it should come loose eventually.
  13. Fingers and patience 😁 Using tools isn't that practical as it is very tight, and if the tools slip it's very expensive new headlight time. Just take your time on the first one and it will come out after some swearing. The first one took me half an hour; the second about 5 minutes.
  14. Depends how you define easy... It's quite straightforward, but you have to remove the headlight and the bulb retaining rings can be very tight. It doesn't help that access to the retaining rings is very restricted. I found it easier to access from the side access panel rather than the back. Turn the retainer about an eighth of a turn - it only turns one way, but some force is required and it might feel like you're going to break it - then you can pull the bulb out. Once you've done one then you can see how the retainer works, which makes the second one a lot easier.