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post #1 of 29 Old 11-17-2017, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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So I know fog lights can be added...the question is in the Touring trim are they already wired behind the silver cover things?? I have access to a very good deal on factory set and wonder if the install would be as simple as plugging them in and adding the different light control stalk/Arm on the steering column?
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So I know fog lights can be added...the question is in the Touring trim are they already wired behind the silver cover things?? I have access to a very good deal on factory set and wonder if the install would be as simple as plugging them in and adding the different light control stalk/Arm on the steering column?
No idea but its not a huge job to take the bumper off and look.

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The oem fog lights are completely useless if you have led headlights. You barely notice if they're on or off. Waste of money.

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Is there an indicator that the fog lights are on?
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It may to true that if you are looking directly straight ahead up the road on a relatively clear night and switch on your fog lights not much of anything will be accomplished. But if you are driving slowly through a thick fog trying to pick your way along, the fog lights make a huge difference IMHO. They should light up the periphery corners of your visual field lower down enough to help you through anything other than a complete whiteout. I know, because up here in the Great White North we get sudden weather bombs that hit unexpectedly and I have had to drive through more of these than I care to remember. Decent Fogs are a must! In my experience, the fogs on the CX3 GT version are among the best that I have actually used so far.

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A week ago i was driving in sleet/snow storm. Temperature was 0...+2 C.
I had to stop every 15 kilometers to swipe off 1" thick layer of sleet that completely covered the headlights and the recesses where the fog lights and indicator lights are located.
Location and size of fog lights could be better. And led lights don't produce enough heat to keep them free of snow in certain temperatures/conditions.

I have not faced any conditions that I would have felt that the fog lights would help me see better.

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Agree with all of the above. However, while fog lights don't necessarily help you see better, they sure help you to BE seen.

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Is there an indicator that the fog lights are on?
If you are asking whether there is an indicator light in the instrument cluster when the fogs are turned on, the answer is no. Kind of odd, although I recall a Subaru Forrester we owned about 15 years ago had the same arrangement. As to the effectiveness of the CX-3 fog lamps, IMO there are about as effective as any others on cars I've had. No better or worse then those on my Honda CR-V, Pilot, Acura MDX, or Toyota RAV4.

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If you are asking whether there is an indicator light in the instrument cluster when the fogs are turned on, the answer is no. Kind of odd, although I recall a Subaru Forrester we owned about 15 years ago had the same arrangement. As to the effectiveness of the CX-3 fog lamps, IMO there are about as effective as any others on cars I've had. No better or worse then those on my Honda CR-V, Pilot, Acura MDX, or Toyota RAV4.
There most definitely is.
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US models do not have a "fog lights on" indicator light, thankfully.

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