I have an MKZ with the Ultima system and believe it is exceptional, however it sounds mediocre with XM radio and with FM HD, just okay with bluetooth and podcasts. I mostly use FLAc files on a usb stick or 320 mp3 files (usb and ipod) to listen to, and have found the sound to be flat, detailed and dynamic, one of the best systems out there
As much as I LOVE my MKZ, I don't want to get a new car that's the same as the one I presently have.
I don't want a Crossover/SUV.
The new Cadillac CT4 looks nice but I am not a fan of 4-cylinder engines.
I only buy American brand-name cars.
I am leaning toward the Dodge Challenger AWD - a big, roomy, V-6 powered coupe with a little attitude;)
I have a definite front runner for my next car. Never saw myself with one of these, but I drove one and was VERY impressed. The interior is stunning, the car feels well built, and has all the features I want.
Subaru Legacy Touring
The bulb you show is a standard halogen H11 specified as the OE low beam unit for your car. The optional HID is, as you've noted, a D3S, as shown in this video. Also, a power ballast for each side would be present, as shown below. Not to mention the obvious differences in color temperature between the halogens and HIDs.
Check to see if there are fuses in the 7 & 8 positions in the SJB in the passenger compartment (fuse box). These are the low beam headlight fuses. Also check for relays in 42 & 44 in the power distribution box.
The 2011 does have the HID option. The bulb replacement section in the manual says "H11LL (D3S [HID] optional)" in the trade number box for low beam headlamp. The low beam headlamp on the car says H11 on it. I am not too familiar with which bulb type corresponds to which number and assumed H11 was the non-HID bulb. When I search D3S bulbs online, the results are for HID bulbs.
I first noticed this about 8 months ago. I went to an auto parts store and a guy that worked there came out to see. He was surprised but left it at "well they're working so don't worry about it then."
I've always been the type of guy to want to underatand why/how things work when they seem to be not function normally. The other thing is I can't help but to think about it each time I turn the lights on.
How can I tell for sure if the bulb in the car is HID?
You can run your power cable through the hole that the cable for the hood release passes through.
You will have the push the grommet out of the hole then your power wire will pass through the firewall just below the battery.
You will have to remove the battery tray to get to it, but that is a simple job.
Is it possible that that model year had 2 different type of headlights available (standard and HID) and the missing components are for the other type? HID types do take a much larger current and may have required relays and additional power fuses.