Unveiled in 2002, the Volkswagen T5 built on the success of the hugely popular T4 by offering over 100 different design combinations. It has been used as everything from trades vehicle and bus to ambulance and campervan, winning a raft of awards in the process, including Van of the Year, Best Medium Van, Best in Class and Best People Mover. This particular model, the pre-facelift T5, remained in production until 2009. But the lighting technology used in these cars is over 15 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H4 and H7/H1 halogen headlights, both of which feature reflectors that produce an average light beam even when new. Another option was a D2S bi-xenon projector headlight, made by ProjektZwo, using a Hella bi-xenon projector. In many cases, light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layers to peel off.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Volkswagen Transporter 5.1 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H4 or H7/H1 halogen 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 Transporter 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 Transporter will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.