Volkswagen’s top-selling car, the Jetta has been in production ever since 1979. This particular model, the Volkwagen Jetta IV, also went under the name of Bora (with both “Bora” and “Jetta” derived from different winds – the Atlantic jet stream and the Adriatic bora). Renowned for its high safety ratings –NHTSA awarded it 5/5 and 4/5 stars for frontal and side impacts respectively– the Jetta IV remained in production 1999-2005. The lighting technology used in these cars is however over 20 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H4 halogen and D2S/H7 single-xenon headlights.
The halogen version features an H4 reflector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
The single-xenon setup features a 2.5-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer right to the point where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Volkswagen Bora (Jetta IV) is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H4 halogen or D2S/H7 single-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Volkswagen Bora xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Volkswagen Bora will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.