potownrob wrote:lighting package is a factory setup that is very different from the regular halogen lighting. For $1000 clams you get much brighter xenon lights that turn with the car and LED daytime running lights. I would care about the headlights since I drive a lot at night. Unfortunately, finding the base model with the lighting package isnt as easy as I thought. For ~$1k you get the lighting package, which would supposedly cost thousands to fabricate on your own. Not to mention the lighting package is covered under warranty and it probably adds at least some value to the car.
How much do you think it would cost to acquire the complete set of OEM parts?
If you get lucky you can find a rear-ended donor in a junkyard and get everything from it.
I think the package is a no-brainer for the cost. I mean a system like this costing $2,000 I would still think about it and most likely do it but at $1,000 this is a MUST-have. Most people on the club forums biggest regret isn't the PP package... it's the LP package because they soon find out that replica's and decent harness/wiring systems come out to being about the same price- but for a system that isn't as reliable and the cut off on the OEM HID is really, really, progressive. You could probably find donor parts from total'ed vehicles but if it was me trying to salvage parts like that to sell would be my first priority... these stock alloys are being up marked on ebay even- I think they MSRP at $273 and I see full sets "never used" being sold second hand for $1200. I'm really scared for long-term ownership with this vehicle in terms of parts...
To relate this all back though to the Focus ST and the WRX. I loved the tail light set up for the WRX... I would've bit the bullet to option the fog lights which was like $395. The Focus ST that I was optioning out came with a high spec 502a (not entirely positive) package so it had HID's. The HID's were not as clean as the VW. The one's in my GTI with the DRL/HID is absolutely stunning to me. It's one of my favorite aesthetics of the car. Now I just need to get some euro spec LED tail lights to complete what is started.