Miata headlight bulbs not burning the midnight oil - why?
September 23, 2010 2:18 PM Subscribe
Why do the light bulbs on my Miata keep burning out?
posted by Capri to travel & transportation (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've got a 2000 Mazda Miata, which I bought new, and now has about 70,000 miles on it. Ever since I've owned it, the light bulbs in the headlights have burned out at a stupendous rate, like a pair a year, or even more often than that. I took it in to the dealer while it was still under warranty and complained, and after an examination of the car's electrical system got essentially a shrug. The problem has continued.
I've tried multiple kinds of bulbs, from the super expensive to the super cheap, and they all die early deaths. I've gone though easily a dozen pairs on this car, while my husband's car has never had a bulb burn out in the same period.
Any idea what the problem is, and how I could possibly fix it? And if I can't fix it, what kind of bulb would you think would be the best to buy, the cheapest? Is there an environmental consideration when buying a bulb that I know is destined for the landfill in a year?