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Someone backed into my wife's 2000 Odyssey in a parking lot last evening. The local dealer wants almost $300.00 for the part and ~ $500.00 total to replace the assembly. I have found the part for ~ 210.00 online. Has anyone replaced the headlight assembly? I cannot find a thread anywhere on the net related to this. I am concerned I will have to remove the bumper to get to the assembly. If she drives it and the head light gets wet it will shatter. This is a very unexpected expense.

Thanks, Steve
 

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2 thoughts:

- I once "fixed" a lens by gluing some plexiglass to it with silicone, all bought at the hardware store. I did not plan it to be permanent, but it lasted 3 years, until I sold the car. This may not work for you, but it's really cheap.

- On 05+ you do have to remove the bumper.

If no one answers you can always go to tech info.Honda.com and get the relevant manual using the 3 days @ 10$ subscription. I don't have shares in the place, I just love having the factory manual... :)

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You could try a 'glue' type filler if the crack isn't wide. Some clear plastic type tape will also seal it until you can replace it.
Some cheaper headlight headlight assemblies don't focus as well as a quality one does.
I know this because my 2003 Ody had it replaced by the body shop (previous owner) and they didn't use a genuine Honda or high quality replacement. They said that the insurance co wouldn't pay for a Honda replacement (sure). :rolleyes:
It has a bright spot in it's beam.
It's noticeable during night driving and it doesn't spread the beam as evenly as the other one.
Don't know how hard it is to pull the bumper (may just be the plastic guard held on by plastic pins) like it was on my friends 2000CRV and it only took about 20 min.
Perhaps the library has a book you can borrow if someone here doesn't post the procedure here.
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I don't have all the plastic pieces to glue it back together. It happened at night and my wife drove the car after the accident. Some pieces were lost.
 

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You might want to check with a salvage yard (either local or online) or on Ebay - for Ebay I'm thinking of an original assembly here rather than aftermarket, e.g. right now there is a 2001 right side light on Ebay listed under "2001 Honda Odyssey RH Headlight Assembly #45459" - it's priced at $45 with Buy it Now (but his shipping cost seems somewhat high at $18...). Didn't look through all the listings, just had a quick glance.

Perhaps you can find one in good shape (and reasonably clear) for a fraction of the price of a new one. If you are buying it online (rather than going to a salvage yard yourself) I would ask about how cloudy the plastic has become, and compare to what you have for your remaining good assembly. There are threads on this forum about how to restore them to good clarity. The picture of the one I reference above looks good, but...

Bummer about the damage - I had something similar happen to a car of mine last year (taillight though), and bought a used original part cheap off of Ebay that turned out to be in perfect condition. But I did have to sort through offerings.

Good luck.

P.S. I posted that 2001 from Ebay just as an example, but you could check which years are compatible with your 2000. My guess is 1999-2004 but check. And of course I don't know whether you are looking for a LH or RH assembly.
 

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smzimmer said:
Someone backed into my wife's 2000 Odyssey in a parking lot last evening. The local dealer wants almost $300.00 for the part and ~ $500.00 total to replace the assembly. I have found the part for ~ 210.00 online. Has anyone replaced the headlight assembly? I cannot find a thread anywhere on the net related to this. I am concerned I will have to remove the bumper to get to the assembly. If she drives it and the head light gets wet it will shatter. This is a very unexpected expense.

Thanks, Steve
Yes, I have replaced both headlights on my 2004. Pulling all of the plastic pins for the grill and bumper is easy. If I remember right there are 2 bolts around each fender to pull and the entire thing comes off. Very simple. Then you can get to the bolts that hold the headlight assembly on. My hanes manual pointed out all of the bolt/pin locations. Good luck and I hop I am not too late with feedback.
 

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Re: Re: cracked lens--have to replace headlight assembly

Elboman said:
Yes, I have replaced both headlights on my 2004. Pulling all of the plastic pins for the grill and bumper is easy. If I remember right there are 2 bolts around each fender to pull and the entire thing comes off. Very simple. Then you can get to the bolts that hold the headlight assembly on. My hanes manual pointed out all of the bolt/pin locations. Good luck and I hop I am not too late with feedback.
Thanks very much for this.

I have a Japanese import, Odyssey 'Absolute' model, and had to remove my headlamp assemply to get to the xenon ballast (attached to the underneath of the assembly).

Couldn't believe you'd have to remove the front bumper, but found reassurance in your post and had it off in about 10 minutes.

Now just have to find a suitable replacement....original part from Honda = over £300!!!

Cheers :)
 
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