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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-02-2016, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Very poor headlights

I have owned 3 ML's prior to getting our new GLE two weeks ago. Every ML had the lighting package built in to equipment options by the dealer. That is how they ordered the vehicles. The new GLE has a stand alone option of LED lights, a $1,300 option. Very few vehicles have been ordered by the dealerships with this option. I just assumed ( not a good idea) that MB would be using Xenons as a standard. NOT TRUE. They chose to equip their GLE's with a very inferior headlight, one that can be found on any entry level car. I cannot see too well with these headlights and I'm 59 yrs old. I took it in to the dealership to get the muffler whine taken care of and asked one of the chief mechanics about the headlights. He said there wasn't an easy solution. He also noted that that a lot of people have been complaining and that he himself is having problems with night driving while in this vehicle. Is any other members of this forum having difficulties with night driving with these headlights? What opinions do you have about how MB chose to equip the GLE with this lighting system?
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I have owned 3 ML's prior to getting our new GLE two weeks ago. Every ML had the lighting package built in to equipment options by the dealer. That is how they ordered the vehicles. The new GLE has a stand alone option of LED lights, a $1,300 option. Very few vehicles have been ordered by the dealerships with this option. I just assumed ( not a good idea) that MB would be using Xenons as a standard. NOT TRUE. They chose to equip their GLE's with a very inferior headlight, one that can be found on any entry level car. I cannot see too well with these headlights and I'm 59 yrs old. I took it in to the dealership to get the muffler whine taken care of and asked one of the chief mechanics about the headlights. He said there wasn't an easy solution. He also noted that that a lot of people have been complaining and that he himself is having problems with night driving while in this vehicle. Is any other members of this forum having difficulties with night driving with these headlights? What opinions do you have about how MB chose to equip the GLE with this lighting system?
I wasn't happy with my the day I test drove it. I had aftermarket Morimoto HID system mod on my c300 and I knew their used the same bulb (H7) as c300, I was able removed and to moved the whole HID system over to GLE with an additional cost of $3 for the bracket to hold the Morimoto H7 base to lock it in with GLE base. I loved it since then. Hope this answer or help out.

On a side note: of course dealership will said "not an easy solution" they will always want to up charge a $30 part to $1500.00. Mine was with retro-fit a backup camera for my GLE, I didn't want all the junk like: Map, HDD, voice-control ect... My previous car was loaded with all that and I barely used it. It's mostly local drive to all the destinations I already knew.
Anywho, I'm stilling wait for some information on how to remove the "lift-gate" panel and still able to reinstall it with damaging it. I knew how to access and head unit already, I just need to run the cable and power the camera plus access to the engineering menu aka "secret-menu" to auto-switch the screen once the Reverse gear engage.
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I've seen quite a few people go the Morimoto route, but I've never seen the differences in person. Do you have pictures that show the differences ?
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I've seen quite a few people go the Morimoto route, but I've never seen the differences in person. Do you have pictures that show the differences ?
Here's the Low beam with morimoto H7 photos and halogen High beam.
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That's pretty amazing, especially with a halogen bulb. I can only imagine what it would look like if you were running a set of HIDs in there
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That's pretty amazing, especially with a halogen bulb. I can only imagine what it would look like if you were running a set of HIDs in there
Hi GLEM,
Actually the Low Beam (1st picture) are H7 HID by Morimoto 3Five. The High Beam (2nd picture) are OEM Halogen H7 bulb. It only helps with a little with Highbeam. I only use Highbeam to flash/warn drivers of Police ticketing ahead.
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See.. you are a part of the good people in the world !

I always appreciate the people that try to help other drivers out there !
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I have owned 3 ML's prior to getting our new GLE two weeks ago. Every ML had the lighting package built in to equipment options by the dealer. That is how they ordered the vehicles. The new GLE has a stand alone option of LED lights, a $1,300 option. Very few vehicles have been ordered by the dealerships with this option. I just assumed ( not a good idea) that MB would be using Xenons as a standard. NOT TRUE. They chose to equip their GLE's with a very inferior headlight, one that can be found on any entry level car. I cannot see too well with these headlights and I'm 59 yrs old. I took it in to the dealership to get the muffler whine taken care of and asked one of the chief mechanics about the headlights. He said there wasn't an easy solution. He also noted that that a lot of people have been complaining and that he himself is having problems with night driving while in this vehicle. Is any other members of this forum having difficulties with night driving with these headlights? What opinions do you have about how MB chose to equip the GLE with this lighting system?
Hello,

I'm in Geneva, Switzerland. I have exactly the same problem with my GLE 2016, equipped with H7 halogen headlamps. I consulted with the chief technician in MG garage. They don't touch the car as their affiliation policy with MB but a less costly and quick solution is to use Philipps H7 halogen with Xenon effect. The temperature of the bulb is around 4300K as apposed to yellowish lamps with 3300K. Otherwise, you can also use LEDs, etc. which needs adaptor and you cannot use the cap behind the headlight set. After market LEDs are not so reliable. They may either dazzle or not be sufficient for high beam. MB doesn't offer xenon to protect expensive selling option for LEDs.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2018, 12:36 PM
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HI did anyone replace or fix the issue. I have a same problem, poor light and the dealer says its not wired to be replaced with LED or Xeon light
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-13-2019, 03:31 PM
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I've replaced the bulbs with Osram Xenon effect H7. Almost 15% improvement. Still fall too short comparing to Xenon and LED.
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