Originally Posted by ragoodsp
I can only imagine how much circutry there is involved to support the self leveling function, HID, LED day light's, etc. I am sure many fuctions are asembled into the housing and come as one unit. There could have been other issues beyond a mere burned out bulb that had to be checked out before a determination could be made as to what was wrong. If the total cost is really $3000 the conclusion can be made that there is a cost to what we are demanding in our vehicles, how they look, function, etc. I grant you they should not malfunction when brand new but "stuff" does happen. If you do not want to pay to maintain your $56,000 vehicle perhaps you should not have bought it in the first place.
This is exactly what they want you to think. Luxury car companies/dealers have been doing it for years. Engine bays surrounded by plastic so as to appear impenetrable by anybody but the dealer's trusted techs, notions of special diagnostic equipment, special tools, exotic parts.
There is nothing incredible about the headlights on the 2014 JGC. They are adaptive, auto leveling, HIDs with LED DRLs. These headlights are not new, HID technology has been on cars for coming up on 20 years. You can actually buy HID bulbs from AutoZone now. Actually...Home Depot sells them. They're like $90 a pair.
The adaptive/autoleveling/DRL attributes of the light have nothing to do with the HID component. HID consists of a "bulb" (there is no filament) and a ballast. If the lamp is not functioning, its either the bulb...or the ballast. Regardless of which it is, it won't cost $3,000. Even if the ballast is built into the lamp assembly (which it probably is, and they determined the issue was the bulb which they told you) not gonna cost $3,000.
Your opinion that people should be happy to pay incredible costs to repair "your $56,000 vehicle" is exactly what the car dealers want to hear you say. "Well sir, yes the oil change is $300...but its a $60,000 car". People fall for it many times every day.