As others have said in this thread and many others, it is likely just the bulbs. The prices you got sound ridiculous unless there is something wrong with the housing or ballast and I don't see any reason why you should assume that. Again sat stated here, you can buy bulbs for less than $50 a piece and change them yourself. Good luck
Update on my headlights. The replacements I put in were to high in the light frequency range 10000k and the lights were too dim for rural neighborhoods. So I bought a pair of Xenons for about $40 and put them in. This time, it took me all of 30 mins or less and the cheap xenons ahve not had a problem since. Worth taking the time to do it yourself or find a friend to help.
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Good info jlopes....I am looking to change the headlights in my 07...looking to get the 6000K lights but what under impression I had to purchase the entire kit, but after further review it appears I just need the bulbs which is great news.
If you immediately turn your headlights off and back on does the passenger light come back on? If so, you have a bad bulb. It's easy to replace yourself. The part will set you back $240 though (OEM through the dealer).
1. Remove the plastic HID socket cover by turning it counter-clockwise.
2. Remove the silver metal socket fitting attached to the braided cable by turning counter-clockwise about 45 degrees and pulling towards you.
3. There's a U-shaped set spring retainer that has kind of curled circle ends. This holds the bulb assembly in place by locking into notches on either side at roughly 11:00 & 1:00 on the housing. Pinch those two curled ends towards each other and pull them out and down to clear the notches and swing the retainer downward. This will release the bulb in the very center of the unit.
4. Pull the bulb out by it's base. It's about 3" long and comes straight out. Don't touch the glass if you intend to reuse the bulb.
5. The Toyota HID bulb is part # 90981-20024 (for my 2007 ES350).
6. Holding the new bulb by the base and without touching the glass, push the bulb back into the hole. There are notches & tabs in the base and mount that must match. Just rotate the bulb until it catches.
7. Reset the retaining spring by swinging it up and pushing it in while pinching the curled ends a bit. Release the ends when they lock into the metal notches on the housing. Make sure the retainer is secure before proceeding.
8. Reattach the metal socket fitting by pushing in at and turning clockwise 45 degrees from roughly a 10:00 to a 12:00 position.
9. Reattach the plastic cover by turning it clockwise.
That's all there is to it.
Dreyfuss thanks for the explanation. I changed mine on the DRIVER'S side today and didn't need to take out anything else (ie battery / fuse box) except for the compartmental plastic covers. Your instructions were very straightforward but it was definitely easier said than done. But now that its done thanks!!!! It took me about 15-20 minutes to do the job. The hardest part is step #6 to get it to stay in place and step #8 took me a while because one of these extraneous metal clips was bent.