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The insides are cloudy? Is it water vapour or dust? Either one will cause significant loss of light output...but if the seals are gone (water)...your idea to replace the units entirely may be the right one. If it's just dust, you could remove them and swish a couple of rounds of methanol in it to try to clean the dust out.

In either case, removing the lights isn't terribly difficult, but the bumper does come off easily enough. CARiD has some cheap aftermarket units.
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Hey everyone,
I am on the same boat as everyone. My headlights are going as dim as candle lights since year now. So I tried LED bulbs from Amazon and guess what that didn't improve anything at all. In rain it felt like the headlights are not even on. So after some research and reading posts above I believe I have to change the headlight units. What brand do you guys suggest for aftermarket unit that is reliable and will last few years at least?
 

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This has been a very informative thread. I have the same dimness problem on my 2014 Altima, which, otherwise, is one of the best cars I've owned. Here's the question I don't see an answer to: when dealers have said that an owner needs to replace the headlight assemblies, are those replacements new and improved parts that will not have the same problem again? Also, if I want to fix this myself, is there any way to tell which parts manufacturers provide a part that will not fail again? Has anyone replaced them and had great success over several years? If so, which brand?

The net here is that I don't want to pay the local dealer $500-1000, OR spend a bunch of time and slightly less money on the DIY fix for $350-400, only to have the same thing happen again in two years.

Also, EVERYONE should report this issue to the nhtsa dot gov website, and it may result in a recall. There is a Report a Problem link on the right side of the main page. Takes 5 minutes.
 

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This has been a very informative thread. I have the same dimness problem on my 2014 Altima, which, otherwise, is one of the best cars I've owned. Here's the question I don't see an answer to: when dealers have said that an owner needs to replace the headlight assemblies, are those replacements new and improved parts that will not have the same problem again? Also, if I want to fix this myself, is there any way to tell which parts manufacturers provide a part that will not fail again? Has anyone replaced them and had great success over several years? If so, which brand?

The net here is that I don't want to pay the local dealer $500-1000, OR spend a bunch of time and slightly less money on the DIY fix for $350-400, only to have the same thing happen again in two years.

Also, EVERYONE should report this issue to the nhtsa dot gov website, and it may result in a recall. There is a Report a Problem link on the right side of the main page. Takes 5 minutes.
I have a 14 Nissan Altima as well. After the 1st year of ownership I noticed the low beams were dimming to the point of no night time vision while driving. I was actually stopped by local police who thought I was driving without my headlights on. The police officer made a joke that I be better off using two flash lights, I agreed. Since the 1st year I've replaced the manufacturer bulbs with HIDs which didnt make much of a difference. After the HIDs I decided to replace the manufacturer assembly with an aftermarket assembly hopeing it would be better than the lemon headlights that came with the car. Unfortunately the aftermarket lights didnt provide much better lighting so I now only use bright lights the entire time I'm driving. To make matters worse after having the aftermarket lights about a year and a half the inside of the lens starting to turn a yellowish color making even the bright lights less effective. I dont want to waste anymore money on headlights for this car. If anyone found a solution please post.
 

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I was able to fix this issue for about $150 plus my own labor. Bought replacements on that huge e commerce site from Seattle. Installation was a decent amount of work (have to remove bumper), but nothing too bad if you have the tools and are very careful about labeling which screws/bolts go where. Will these have the same problem eventually? Maybe. But looking good and working well for now.

"SPEC-D TUNING For 13-15 Nissan Altima Projector Headlights"
Seller: G ForceUSA
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07WW7D8QH?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_asin_title&tag=mshop-android-att-sam-star2-phone-pre-us-20#

Best video I found on removing bumper (a little more detail than the video below re this part).

Best video I found on entire process of removing bumper and replacing headlight assembly

You're also gonna want to buy a pair of "Nissan Altima Fender Liner Retainer - Front" by Dorman, part 963-545. They have them everywhere. Pulling off the bumper broke the two of these plastic screw things that were there.
 

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We bought a 2013 Nissan Altima a few months back. Had decent miles and have always heard good things about Nissan. Anyhow my headlights are horrible! The brights are ok. But the dim I can't see hardly at all while driving and it scares me! Especially having my three kids in the car. I try and drive with my brights as much as possible but when there's traffic I can't. We even bought a whole new assembly kit and it's still pretty much the same. It's really upsetting. If my husband is off of work we have to drive the 2014 Toyota Corolla if we are going anywhere at night bc of it. The difference in the dim lights on the Corolla and the dim lights on the Altima are crazy! The brights on the Altima is about the dim on the Corolla. And it should not be that way! I can see maybe a couple of feet in front of me when driving. Also I seen where some were talking about projectors. Does the projector come with the new assembly? Thanks!
 

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everyone that is experiencing this issue needs to file a complaint with the NHTSA to get Nissan to fix this problem. it's a known issue that the reflective material in the projector is bad and Nissan doesn't want to acknowledge this issue and issue a recall to replace the Lights. here is a link to the NHTSA website: www nhtsa gov
when I looked there were only 4 complaints listed. if everyone that is having this problem files a complaint maybe it will get looked at. I had to remove the link but the address is still the same just insert the dot between :)
 

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I have a 2014 Altima S. It has 33,000 miles on it. The headlights have been a problem for a while. The headlights are so dim I can barely see a foot in front of me. Traveling through my neighborhood on the way home from work, I have to put my brights on to see. I can see with those on. I haven't had anyone bright me back. I'm thinking the brights must not be too bright.

I've read some posts on here but have not seen any solutions. I've seen where people have been successful on replacing them DIY. But, I do not see any posts after stating it fixed the problem.

I'm not having any other electrical problems right now.

Nissan dealership said it would be about $1,000.00 to fix the problem. They said they would have to replace the projectors also. They tried new bulbs but it didn't help.

I'm not into paying $1,000.00 to fix headlights. Thought I could find someone that knew the solution. Then, I might be able to find a competitive price for someone to fix the problem. Crossing my fingers someone on here knows the solution! Thanks!
I have the same problems with 2015 Altima Spc.Ed.
 

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After reading about this chronic problem, I bought DEPO headlight assemblies from Ebay for $260.00 delivered. I had my mechanic install them at a cost of $200.00 (which I think he gave me a break. He had to take off the bumper etc. to replace the assemblies). So $460.00 for something that shouldn't have needed to be done. Quality parts, Nissan? But it fixed the problem and now I can see safely again. It was the only solution, because reflective lining had burned off the reflector around the headlight bulb.
 

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I guess as might as well throw my hat in the ring as I am having the same dim headlight issue with my 2013 Nissan Altima (93,000 Miles). At first I thought maybe my eyesight was failing me for night driving as many times I couldn't really tell if my low beams were even on. The high beams work fine. Anyways, yesterday I replaced my H11 low beam headlight bulbs with the best rated Sylvania Silver Star Ultra as my drivers side bulb had completely burned out. I couldn't wait for darkness so that I could test drive my car to see what improvement these top rated bulbs made. Unfortunately, there was no improvement. As others have stated, apparently the protective coating within the lens receptacle has tarnished or been burnt significantly altering the bulb's ability to project light. Today I called Nissan Customer Affairs and opened a formal case requesting replacement of my two headlight assemblies. I am awaiting a call from the regional customer affairs manger to seen if Nissan will provide any resolution. I also accessed the NHTSA to review complaints that have been filed. For the 2013 Altima there are 1,726 complaints. Of these, there are many complaints pertaining to the dim headlight issue filed under Exterior Lighting. I did not check other model years but I assume the same is issue is present. As this is a safety related issue, Nissan should recall these cars and replace the headlight assemblies. I am 63 years old and have owned many cars and have never experienced this issue of dimming headlights.
 

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Has anyone has success in using RockAuto to purchase replacement headlight assemblies manufactured by Dorman or TYC for a 2013 Nissan Altima experiencing problems with dem low beam headlights? Their prices are at least 70% cheaper than OEM parts from Nissan.
 

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I have a 14 Nissan Altima as well. After the 1st year of ownership I noticed the low beams were dimming to the point of no night time vision while driving. I was actually stopped by local police who thought I was driving without my headlights on. The police officer made a joke that I be better off using two flash lights, I agreed. Since the 1st year I've replaced the manufacturer bulbs with HIDs which didnt make much of a difference. After the HIDs I decided to replace the manufacturer assembly with an aftermarket assembly hopeing it would be better than the lemon headlights that came with the car. Unfortunately the aftermarket lights didnt provide much better lighting so I now only use bright lights the entire time I'm driving. To make matters worse after having the aftermarket lights about a year and a half the inside of the lens starting to turn a yellowish color making even the bright lights less effective. I dont want to waste anymore money on headlights for this car. If anyone found a solution please post.
By chance could you identify who you purchased the after market assemblies from and who manufactured them. I was looking at possbily using RockAuto for Assemblies manufactured by Dorman or TYC. They are substantially cheaper than OEM replacement parts from Nissan.
 

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Has anyone has success in using RockAuto to purchase replacement headlight assemblies manufactured by Dorman or TYC for a 2013 Nissan Altima experiencing problems with dem low beam headlights? Their prices are at least 70% cheaper than OEM parts from Nissan.
Update I bit the bullet and purchased new OEM Nissan HL Assemblies with bulbs for $442 from a out of state Nissan Dealership plus $15 shipping. I figured I will keep my car another 4 to 5 years so for my piece of mind I paid a premium over the price of aftermarket assemblies. Still the official Nissan Parts Supply Store wanted $350 a piece even with a 15% discount. A local auto body repair shop has agreed to install them for $125. So I should be good. Hopefully I'm not surprised and discover that my dim low beam headlights are resulting from some other issue. Highly unlikely.
 

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I will update. However, if I get caught up in the holidays, just reply to my post because I get notifications on my email. The guy at the dealership mentioned something about the projectors being replaced. I guess the assembly includes that.

FYI-- I tried to take a picture too while I was driving in the neighborhood. That doesn't work. The camera picks up on all the light around. It looks like it has more light than it really does.

I'm curious how many years of the Altima this includes. Also, if I were to get a 2017
2.5SL, do they have the same problem? I saw a Certified one that I really like. It looks like it has LED low beam lights. I wonder if they have the same problem.
 

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Update I bit the bullet and purchased new OEM Nissan HL Assemblies with bulbs for $442 from a out of state Nissan Dealership plus $15 shipping. I figured I will keep my car another 4 to 5 years so for my piece of mind I paid a premium over the price of aftermarket assemblies. Still the official Nissan Parts Supply Store wanted $350 a piece even with a 15% discount. A local auto body repair shop has agreed to install them for $125. So I should be good. Hopefully I'm not surprised and discover that my dim low beam headlights are resulting from some other issue. Highly unlikely.
Did the new headlight assembly fix your problem?
 

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Yes, they are better as one headlight assembly was providing zero projection light even with the bulb working. However, I need to go back to the body shop and have them raise the headlight beam so that it projects further down the road. Apparently this should be a rather easy adjustment with access holes available from under the hood with a extra long Phillips #2 screw driver. So in summary, they are better but I wouldn’t say great. Probably never were. When I purchase a new car I will definitely test drive it at night to determine how effectI’ve the low beams are. It will be a deal breaker.
 

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Thanks Brandon! No to the cooking of the headlight assembly! Lol! It looked like it worked for the guy though. I know I'm gonna have to spend some but I think $1,000.00 is a little too much. Sounds like this is a common problem with the Altimas.
I FOUND THE HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR $135 FOR BOTH SIDES AND I FOUND SOMEBODY RO SO IT FOR $60
 

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If swapping the headlight assembly fixed your problem please post back and let us know. Haven’t ordered new ones yet since I haven’t read anywhere it’s a for sure fix.
This might be a little to late but I just purchase my headlight assembly it should arrive tomorrow I will let u know how it looks when I get them installed
 
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