<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by odypinoy:
jimblock, can you provide some details on how your dealer wired the DRLs? Seems like the insurance discount pays off after a few years. Thanks.</font>
Unfortunately, I don't know any details. The Odyssey was purched in 9/1999 -- one of the first 2000 models. The dealer was Honda City in Levitown, NY (Long Island). I got the 2000 EX NAVI for MSRP through Autobytel and luck -- no one on their waiting list had specified a Navigation System.
The dealer did not push any options, although they offered them, but at too high a price. They did push add-on DRL -- in fact they mistated that NY State law was going to require them. I checked and knew that claim was false but I did want them, and knew I'd get a small insurance discount. (I believe the dealer was pushing DRL on all Honda sales, not just Odyssey.)
The kit was installed before delivery and my insurer accepted it once they received the invoice stating it had been installed.
they were adding the Honda DRL feature, but not so -- it does work though. When the ignition is on, so are the headlights, but not tailights or dash lights (The Navigation System also correctly thinks the headlights are off, so it does not dim.) If I turn on the headlights, the tail light and amber running lights go on as does dash lighting. There is a small green LED installed to remind you that DRL are on. It goes out when regular headlights are turned on.
The true Honda (Canadian) DRL are a little smarter -- if the car is in park and the parking brake is pressed the headlights go out. And I think they run the headlights dimmer than full lighting. It also iluminates something in the dash (I think the bright light symbol) to remind you DRL is on. (All this info is from the Owners manual.)
The dealer charged about $160 for DRL including installation. I had a non-Honda but integrated alarm added the day I picked up the car and my alarm installer told me that he could have added DRL for about $85.
Only annoyance: when parked, if I keep the ignition on, the headlights stay on, but this is NOT true in the accessory position that runs the radio and Nav system.
Would I do it again, YES. Would I have the dealer install -- NO.
But I think many alarm shops can add it for you.