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Cars/trucks/motorcycles that have common issues with HID / LED:
Posted by - NA - on 24 April 2017 01:53 PM

Below is a list of cars that have common problems when installing HID's. This list is NOT all cars that have problems. We are updating the list as we see patterns with certain makes and models.

***We can not guarantee these tips will work 100% but these fixes are what most customers have used and shared with us to solve some of these common problems when installing HID's on these vehicles.***

***NOTE: Vehicles that use a single bulb for the Daytime Running Light and Low or High beam will need a wiring harness when converting these to HID.


- Acura Integra (94-01): Low beams - reversed polarity
- Acura MDX (Most models): Low beams - reversed polarity
- Acura RSX: Low beams - Needs H1 bulb holder: CLICK HERE
- Acura ILX: Needs Wiring Harness and Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) for high beam HID to function due to daytime running lights
- Acura TSX: High Beam/DRL: When converting to HID may need Wiring Harness, Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) and 8 Ohm 50W resistors to prevent flicking and dash light
- Acura ZDX: May need Wiring Harness for DRL's to function properly with HID or LED, some may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) too. 

- Audi (Most 2002 to current): Low beams - Canbus Kit or may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Audi A4 (2002-2005): Fog lights - reversed polarity
- Audi A4 (2002-2005): Low beams - Canbus Kit, or try Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Audi A5 (2007 to present): Fog lights - Canbus Kit, or try Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)

- BMW 3 Series (E36: 1992-1999): Low beams – May need 2200 micro farad capacitor if OBC reads a bulb out
- BMW 3 Series (E46: 1999-2005): Low beams - May need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3). Need H7 Bulb Holder: CLICK HERE
- BMW 3 Series (E9X: 2005-present): Low beams/Fog Lights - Canbus Kit or may need 4700 Micro Farad Capacitors.
- BMW 5 Series (E39: 1996-2003): Low beams/fog lights – Typically needs Error Code Eliminators (BOW3).  OEM Headlights need H7 Bulb Holder
- BMW 5 Series (E34: 1988-1995): Low beams – May need 2200 micro farad capacitor
- BMW 5 Series (E60: 2004-present) - Canbus Kit or may need 4700 Micro Farad Capacitors or BOW3.
- BMW 7 Series (E38: 1994-2001): Fog lights - Reversed polarity
- BMW X3: Low beams/Fog Lights - Canbus Kit or may need 4700 Micro Farad Capacitors.
- BMW Motorcycles (All styles) - May need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or Canbus Kit.

- Buick: - May need Wiring Harness to address the flickering issue, for those models with auto light sensor.  Some may still need to cover the sensor, even with the HID harness installed.

- Cadillac CTS (2003-2007) – Has reversed polarity
- Cadillac (Most models and Years): Low beams - Reversed polarity
- Cadillac Escalade ESV/EXT (00-06) - When turning on the fog lights, the relay for the fogs also pulses the rear windshield wiper and slightly moves it up and down once

- Chevy Trucks: May need Wiring Harness if there is a firing issue with one side (typically happens on the pass side)
- Chevrolet Cruze: Needs Wiring Harness and Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) for vehicles with DRL
- Chevrolet Camaro: (2009+) : May need Canbus Kit
- Chevrolet Colorado (All years): Low beams - reversed polarity.
- Chevrolet Corvette (C5: 1996-2004) – Typically needs a Wiring Harness
- Chevrolet Malibu 7th gen (2008-2012): May have reversed polarity, may need Canbus kit
- Chevrolet Malibu 8th Gen (2013-2015) :Low beam - Canbus kit
- Chevrolet Silverado (Most years): Low beam – Has Reversed Polarity
- Chevrolet Silverado - 2nd Gen (2007+): Fog lights - No HIDs, may melt the housing with 35w HID kit.
- Chevrolet Silverado - 2007+: Low beams - Canbus Kit if it's equipped with DRL. Also may have reversed polarity.
- Chevrolet Suburban (All years): Low beam - Has Reversed Polarity
- Chevrolet Suburban (2015+) : Low Beams - Canbus kit if it's equipped with DRL
- Chevrolet Tahoe (All years): Low beams - Has Reversed Polarity
- Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban (00-06) - When turning on the fog lights, the relay for the fogs also pulses the rear windshield wiper and slightly moves it up and down once
- Chevrolet Volt: May need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3).

- Chrysler 300 series (2005-present): Lows / Highs / Fogs - Canbus Kit or reversed polarity into Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Chrysler PT Cruiser (2001-2007): Low beams - May need a Wiring Harness
- Chrysler Crossfire: Low beams - May need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or ECU flashed to turn on the Xenon shutter

- Dodge Avenger (2007-present): Reversed polarity. Use Canbus Kit or try Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Dodge Charger (2006-present): Low beams - Reversed polarity. Use Canbus Kit or try Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Dodge Caliber (2007-present): Low beams - Use Canbus kit or try Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or Wiring Harness
- Dodge Dart (2013-14): Low beams - Use Canbus kit , or may require both Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) and Wiring Harness if DRLs are enabled.
- Dodge Magnum: Lows / Highs / Fogs - Use Canbus Kit or try reversed polarity into Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Dodge Ram (1999-2010): use Canbus kit, or use Resistor Packs if you would like to keep dual filament headlights
- Dodge Ram (2010-13): Low beams - use Canbus kit, or try Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Dodge Ram (2004-present): Fog lights - use Canbus kit, or try both BOW3 and Wiring harness
- Dodge Ram (2009+): High beams - use Canbus kit, or try both BOW3 and Wiring harness
- Dodge Ram (2014-2015): Low beams: Use Canbus Kit
- Dodge Ram (2015+): use DDM Plus Canbus kit, some of them may still require to add BOW3 even with DDM Plus Canbus kit

- Eagle Talon - Reversed Polarity

- Ford Edge (2009+): Canbus Kit or may need a Wiring Harness
- Ford Edge (2011+): Canbus Kit or may need 1500 micro farad capacitor
- Ford Escape (2006): May need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3).
- Ford Explorer(2006+): Canbus kit
- Ford Focus (2012-13): Canbus Kit or may require 55W Ballasts and Wiring Harness. Some applications may also need 6 Ohm 50W resistors.
- Ford Fusion (All years): Canbus Kit or may need Wiring Harness.  Some also need 6 Ohm 50W resistors
- Ford F-150 (2009-2014): Canbut Kit or May need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) and Wiring Harness if using low beam only kit.

- GM Trucks: May need Wiring Harness if there is a firing issue with one side (typically happens on the pass side)
- GMC Canyon - reversed polarity.
- GMC Sierra - Low Beams have reversed Polarity. High Beams might have reversed polarity.
- GMC Sierra - 2014+: Low beams - Canbus Kit works best or may need Wiring Harness and Error Code Eliminators (BOW3).  Also may have reversed polarity.
- GMC Jimmy (95-06) - High and Low beam have reversed polarity.
- GMC Yukon/Yukon XL/Denali (00-06) - When turning on the fog lights, the relay for the fogs also pulses the rear windshield wiper and slightly moves it up and down once
- GMC Envoy (2007+): May need 1500 micro farad capacitor
- GMC (2015+) : May need Plus Canbus kit

- Honda Accord (Most years): Low beams - have reversed polarity
- Honda Accord (2014+) : Low Beam with Auto Lights may require Canbus Kit
- Honda Civic (2014): Fog lights may have reversed polarity.  
- Honda Pilot (1st Gen: 2003-2008) - Low beam have reversed polarity
- Honda Pilot (2nd Gen: 2009-2015), (3rd Gen: 2016-Present): May require Canbus kit.
- Prelude (BB6 97-01): Low beams - May need an H1 Bulb Holder


- Hyundai (All Models 2011+) - Canbus Kit or Wiring Harness for low and fogs some may also require Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) when using HID harness
- Hyundai Sonata (2015): Low beams may require 6 Ohm 50W resistors and Wiring Harness

- Jeep Commander - May need Wiring Harness
- Jeep  Cherokee (2014+): Canbus Kit
- Jeep Grand Cherokee (Most years) – May need a Wiring Harness
- Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011+): Fog lights - No HIDs, may melt the housing with 35w HID kit.
- Jeep Grand Cherokee (2014): Canbus Kit
- Jeep Wrangler : Low Beam Kit-   Use Ultra Canbus Kit or DDM Plus Canbus Kit.
- Jeep Wrangler (2005-present): high/low bulbs - Use Ultra Canbus Kit or DDM Plus Canbus Kit.  
- Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (2014): May need 6 Ohm 50W resistors to prevent high beam flickering
- Jeep Wrangler: Fog Lights, may need Canbus Kit.

- Kia (All Models 2011+) - Canbus Kit or Wiring Harness for low and fogs some may also require Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) when using HID harness
- Kai Optima 2015+: Needs Canbus Kit for headlights and fog lights
- Kia Sorento 2016+: Needs DDM Plus Canbus Kit

- Lexus Fog Lights (2013+) - Bulbs marked with the following: "H16" "12V 19W" "64219L+" This is a 19W halogen bulb that has a very similar base to the H11.  Do not use HID's in these applications, the housings are made of a soft plastic and may melt with 35W HID kits.  Please check the bulbs before ordering as it looks like Lexus is using this bulb in many of the new models.  Using an H11 LED bulb is recommended.
- Lexus SC300 (1991-2000): Low beams- Has reversed polarity
- Lexus (Most models): Low beams and fog lights - Has reversed polarity

- Mazda 3 / Mazda 6 – Typically need Wiring Harness for HID Kits

- Mercedes Benz (Most 2002+): Low beams – Canbus Kit or Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Mercedes Benz (Most 2002+): Fog lights - Canbus Kit or Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Mercedes Benz: Low beams - H7 bulbs may need an additional adapter we do not sell. Search "H7 adapter Mercedes" on Google for find a vendor, we do not sell the piece.

- Mini Cooper - Use Resistor Packs if vehicle came with H13 halogen bulbs or Canbus Kit for single beam applications

- Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII: Canbus kit. Or may need Wiring Harness and Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) Capacitors if equipped with DRL.
- Mitsubishi Evo 9: Low Beams have reversed polarity.

- Nissan Fog Lights (2016+) - Bulbs marked with the following: "H16" "12V 19W" "64219L+" This is a 19W halogen bulb that has a very similar base to the H11.  Do not use HID's in these applications, the housings are made of a soft plastic and may melt with 35W HID kits.  Please check the bulbs before ordering as it looks like Nissan is using this bulb in many of the new models.  Using an H11 LED bulb is recommended.
- Nissan Armada - Driver side may have reversed polarity
- Nissan Altima (2002-2006) - Fog lights may have reversed polarity
- Nissan Rogue (2014+) - Low beam / High beam / Fog lights: requires Wiring Harness, some may require Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) too.
- Nissan Murano (2010) - May need Wiring Harness with vehicles equipped with Auto Lights

- Pontiac GTO - The fog lights have reverse polarity
- Pontiac G8 (All years): Fog lights - No HIDs, may melt the housing with 35w HID kit
- Pontiac Trans Am (2002, may apply to all F-Style Chassis): One side amy have reversed polarity. We've had reports that the driver side is reversed and the pass side is normal.
- Pontiac Trans Am (2002, may apply to all F-Style Chassis): Fog Lights have reversed polarity

- Saturn LS (00-05) - Reversed Polarity.

- Scion (All models, most years): Low beams - Reversed polarity

- Subaru WRX (2002-2003) Low beams have reversed polarity
- Subaru WRX (4th Gen) May have reversed polarity on fog lights
- Subaru Forester (Gen II, 2002-2008): May need Wiring Harness for low beam only kits.
- Subaru Impreza (Gen 4: 2011+): Reversed polarity on low beams. High beam has DRL and will require HID harness and possibly BOW3 if converting to HID.
- Subaru Fog Lights (2013+): Bulbs marked with the following: "H16" "12V 19W" "64219L+" This is a 19W halogen bulb that has a very similar base to the H11.  Do not use HID's in these applications, the housings are made of a soft plastic and may melt with 35W HID kits.  Please check the bulbs before ordering as it looks like Subaru is using this bulb in many of the new models.  Using an H11 LED bulb is recommended.

- Toyota Corolla (03-08): Low beams – Canbus kit, Reversed polarity, may need Wiring Harness and (BOW3).
- Toyota Corolla (09-Present): Low beams - Canbus kit, Reversed polarity. Cars with automatic lights may require Wiring Harness and Error Code Eliminators (BOW3).
- Toyota Camry (All years): Low beams - Reversed polarity. Some of the fog lights have reversed polarity too.
- Toyota Matrix (2002-Present): Low beams - May need Error code eliminators (BOW3) and reversed polarity.
- Toyota Matrix (2009) Needs Wiring Harness for DRL
- Toyota 4Runner (1995-1998): Low beams - May need Wiring Harness
- Toyota Highlander (01-07) - Reversed Polarity
- Toyota Tacoma (2016): Low beams - May need Canbut kit. Standard kits might be flickering on one side or both sides. Earlier years may need Canbus kit too. 
- Toyota Fog Lights (2013+) - Bulbs marked with the following: "H16" "12V 19W" "64219L+" This is a 19W halogen bulb that has a very similar base to the H11.  Do not use HID's in these applications, the housings are made of a soft plastic and may melt with 35W HID kits.  Please check the bulbs before ordering as it looks like Toyota is using this bulb in many of the new models.  Using an H11 LED bulb is recommended.


- Volvo (Most years): Low beams - Canbus Kit or may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3)
- Volvo C30 (2008+): Low beams - Canbus Kit or may need 55w ballasts, Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) and Wiring Harness
- Volvo S40/V50 (2004.5+): Low beams - Canbus Kit or may need 55w ballasts, Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) and Wiring Harness
- Volvo S60/V70 (2001+): Low beams - Canbus Kit or may need 55w ballasts, Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) and Wiring Harness
- Volvo XC90 (2003+): Low beams -Canbus Kit or may need 55w ballasts, Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) and Wiring Harness and sometimes has reversed polarity

- VW (Most newer vehicles ~2007+): Canbus Kit
- VW Golf/Jetta (MkIV) - Canbus Kit or Needs Wiring Harness.
- VW Jetta (2009) - Fog lights have reversed polarity. (May be issue with all A5 Jetta's)
- VW GTi (2004-present) - Canbus Kit or may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or resistors(6 Ohm 50W) but LBF will be present. 
- VW Jetta (2010-present) - Canbus Kit or may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or resistors (6 Ohm 50W) but LBF will be present. 
- VW Passat (2005-Present) - Canbus Kit or may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or resistors (6 Ohm 50W) but LBF will be present. 
- VW Golf (MkV) - Reverse lights have reversed polarity and will not work with LEDs
- VW Tiguan - Canbus Kit or may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or resistors (6 Ohm 50W) but LBF will be present.
- VW Touran - Canbus Kit or may need Error Code Eliminators (BOW3) or resistors (6 Ohm 50W) but LBF will be present.

- Yamaha V-Max - H4 bulbs only: High/low bulbs may be too long for the headlight housing and not fit without modification. Low beam only H4 bulbs may not encounter this issue.