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Replace headlights from same generation different year car models, possible?

There is an interesting thread on the Forester board where the poster is considering changing the complete headlight with different year model. Its a great idea actually but I am curious if it will fit.

I have the same vehicle and I am going to replace the headlights soon, but this idea feels better, although way expensive than just replacing the bulbs.

Replacing headlight is a lot of work and they will need to be adjusted by a Subaru dealer because they could blind other drivers. Replacing bulbs is much more easier.

If OEM Numbers match then it’ll be no problem I think

If you choose this route, be sure to check if there are on there electrical modifications required. They might be plug and play, I don’t know.

Look up aftermarket units. If they cover both years in question, odds are very high they will work.