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30 January 2004 @ 08:53 am
Post from the road..  
..using the LJHiptop script I wrote.

Sometimes it's embarrassing to have a yuppie car. I've endured much teasing about the windshield wipers on the headlights. But I'm very glad for the item pictured in the first photo below, when I come out to the car in the morning to see the second!


Brendan: Yeah I'm badroho on January 30th, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it! At least since I got this car, I haven't had a repeat of the unpleasant experience I had once on a trip back from Maine to Chicago...It started getting dark, and my lights barely seemed to be illuminating anything. I pulled off at a rest area, and discovered a solid half inch of ice plating them both!
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
I can beat that ...

1984 Toyota Corolla. Headlights were sealed-beam and set back 2-3 inches from the grille. Drove home from Iowa through a blizzard at 30MPH. Every 20 minutes I had to pull over and shovel the snow from in front of the headlights!

The 1985 model had flush-mounted headlights that didn't have this problem. :p

If I wanted washers on my Golf I could install a European bumper and the washer refit kit. Unfortunately, doing this means losing the yellow front side marker lights. Many people take them off for stylistic reasons but I refuse to (beyond installing clear covers and amber bulbs) because I feel they're necessary for safety reasons. So I will not install the European bumper. And thus, no washers.

I'd love a used 2000-up BMW 325i sport wagon, with xenons and headlight washers, though! (And butt-warmers!)
Turquanaturq on January 31st, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
The 1985 model had flush-mounted headlights that didn't have this problem

Bzzt! Wrong. My parents owned one. ;P
The -1986- corolla had flushmounted headlights (and then in 1987, they switched bodystyles).
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 31st, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
The info I saw must have been wrong, then. Can you find a picture somewhere of what's clearly an 85 with the inset headlights? And, I guess that Geo I rode around in in Ohio was the same model generation as the 87?
Turquanaturq on February 1st, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)

Top is an 85, bottom is an 86. I -was- wrong about the changeover to the more modern body style, it was done in -1988-, so 87s looked much like 86s. The Geo would've been the same as the '88 redesign (roughly; it actually uses a Toyota Sprinter body), as that's when the Geo nameplate was produced; the previous generation of rebadged Corollas (again using the Sprinter body) were Chevy Novas. Images were retrieved using Google Image search; I'd link to the original pages, but they were both flakey. If you don't trust me, feel free to google yourself, using the terms '1985 corolla' and '1986 corolla'. Do keep in mind that -any- pictures you find of Corollas from outside the US will have flushmount headlights, as only we (and probably Canada) got the sealed-beams in that generation.