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#64404 by Martay
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:40 pm
Only just bought myself a 2L GLS, and the rear lights in the boot have spider-web-like cracks across them, looks age or sun related? Any info on this, is it common or easy to replace?

Also, i was wondering if someone would be so kind to post a pic of under bonnet and dasboard/console controls, as they looked really confusing!!
#64425 by humbucker
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:50 pm
Hi Martay. The 'frosting' you mention is common on older panels, no way of repairing them other than replacing the whole boot panel. It's a simple job of just unbolting the old and replacing with the new. mine was the same when i first got it, you can see the cracks quite clearly here and the discolouring of the red reflector. its a lot darker than the accompanying light cluster:


so i bought some brand new turbo rear lights and a second hand turbo boot panel. but guess what...:


so i bought ANOTHER turbo boot panel. this one was mint, and came with the bootlid too. sadly the sender put a thin layer of bubble wrap around it and chucked it in the back of a van. so this is what arrived:


bah! by this point i was fed up so went and bought a brand new one! notice how 'refreshed' the red in the reflectors is:


if you're not bothered about a turbo unit and just want to replace like for like then keep your eyes peeled on the 'bay or check your scrapper. i've seen a couple of brand new non turbo boot panels go for peanuts on the bay recently.
#64476 by Martay
Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:56 pm
Thanks for the advice. Sorry i posted in the wrong bit :cry

Are they just reflectors or lights? I was worried about water getting in, but if they're reflectors it wont be such a problem! :)

Thanks again
#64549 by humbucker
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:33 pm
they're just reflectors. they're stuck on with adhesive, you won't get them off without cracking them so you'll have to either make do or buy a replacement item :)

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