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This morning while heading out to work, I passed my neighbor in his red Insight in the garage. I believe he has an '03 (could be a late '02, I suppose). His Insight doesn't have daytime running lights; mine does.

The owner's manual talks about DRL as a Canada-only feature; but perhaps if it was added as standard in 2003, the documentation wasn't updated.

Anyone know what the scoop is? My car came from Nevada; which as far as I know doesn't require DRL. As a certified vehicle, it should have been returned to stock anyway.
 
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I have a US '03 that does NOT have daytime running lights. I am the original owner.
 

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Huh. Maybe it's a feature of my trimline, although my neighbor has a CVT too. I should ask him if he has a/c.
 

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The Canadian daytime lights run at reduced power to save energy and prolong the life of the bulbs. My CRX doesn't never had them and sometimes social responsible drivers flick their headlights at me to tell me mine aren't on. I figure if they can't see a canary yellow car then perhaps they need an eye exam, but I don't get upset, cause I'm Canadian, eh! :)
 

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Yeah, what a bunch of hosers...


jsanford: I don't think DRL's are standard on any year, or on any Honda for that matter. Don't know why. You're luck if you ask me. Which you didn't, but hey, there ya go, eh?
 

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:lol: :lol: Careful Holicow or we'll make you an honourary citizen! Then you will have to add U to honorary. :roll:
 

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Mouse's mysterious past...

How weird.

I guess I'm interested mostly as I don't know very much about my car's past; just its in-service date and my dealer bought it at an auction in Nevada. Perhaps it was modified to have daytime running lights? Or maybe it's actually a sign of a defective electrical repair?

Any Europeans have Insights with daytime running lights? Maybe they're manufactured to be toggled for it.
 

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OK I'll take the bait. But what do you mean by 'daytime running lights'?

I can only assume you mean the small circular 'sidelights' in the corner of the headlights? Which all Insights (I have seen) do have.
 

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Jepp, I guess it's those. Orange on the front and red on the rear.
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Daytime Running Lights defined...

What I mean by Daytime Running Lights is that when I start up the car, the front headlights are always on, even at idle stop. In Canada cars are required to have their front lights on all the time. Some cars in the US also now have this feature, but it's not required by law.

When I drove by my neighbor in his red Insight, his headlights were off, and the manual discusses DRL in terms of "Canada models only."
 

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DRL are weaker then low beams. The DRL is slightly orange/yellow in colour because the bulbs don't receive full voltage in order to ensure bulb life is not affected.
Also on the dash the words "DRL" lights up when they are on.
When low or high beams are turned on the "DRL" light on the dash turns off.

DRL increase safety during the day, many studies around the world have proven this.
 

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In spite of its lower brightness, DLR lights up the high beam filament so it aims directly at the oncoming drivers eyes.

The small circular lights are "parking" lights. They are white, like the "Great White North".

Jsanford, perhaps your car is an offspring of a cross border relationship. :wink:
 
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