Headlights Problems of Volkswagen Beetle - part 1



Volkswagen Beetle owners have reported 38 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 1
Failure Date: 06/12/2014

My engine light came on and the ac stopped blowing cold air. I also noticed a beep sound that would come on when I turned the headlights on but the sound would turn off and on while I drove. Then the alarm stopped working and the interior lights malfunctioned, the radio also gave out and the vehicle seemed to hesitate while driving it. I checked the fuse box on the battery and discovered that the slot where the fuse slips into on top of the vehicle battery was melted and there was something on the driver side headlamp cover like some type of gas or fumes had escaped the battery and sprayed the headlampcover. I changed the fuses around and got the ac going again, then I changed them all out, and everything worked great for about 5 days, then the interior lights went out again, the alarm stopped working, radio is out, the beeping sound is back and when I checked the fuse, it was melting again. I am afraid that while in the vehicle with my children I will have a malfunction and be injured. I just paid off the vehicle. . . What a gift for paying off a vehicle. . . Seems like eveything in and on that vehicle is a hazard and an accident waiting to happen. . Its sad because I use to love my new Beetle.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 2
Failure Date: 05/15/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that the passenger's side headlight failed to illuminate. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the headlight wiring harness was faulty. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 3
Failure Date: 01/01/2013

My Beetle smells like melted crayons since the day I bought it. It gives me a major headache on long trips and everything that goes into the car for more than an hour gets contaminated with the crayon smell, hope its not toxic. Google search shows this is a problem in most 2006 Beetles made in mexico. I'm not sure what can be done, but I would not have bought the car if I had known. Its the first thing I noticed when I test drove the car but thought maybe a crayon was stuck in the defroster - not the case. Let one of the vw executives take a long road trip and see for themselves. Also the headlights are extremly poorly designed. Bulbs blow regulary and are hard to change and I even had the entire headlight assembly pop out of the car while driving on the highway. It could have killed the people behind me, easily. Apparently the wind/air rushing thru the grill forced the entire assembly to pop out and go bouncing down the highway like a bowling ball. Im sure it had something to do with the dificulty of installing the assembly and it not being secured correctly by the dealership employees. You shouldnt need a phd to change a bulb. Cute will only get you so far vw!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 4
Failure Date: 06/24/2012

Right side head light electrical connection comes loose and the headlight no longer functions. While under warranty I had six failures of the headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle 5
Failure Date: 02/19/2012

Headlights keep going out. I have to replace them about every three months.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 6
Failure Date: 02/14/2012

The low beam head lights on the 2006 Beetle are tied into the day time running lights. If the day time running lights go out, then there are no low-beam head lights and generally I don't know until I have no headlights but high-beams. If the running lights have to be tied into any headlight then it should be the high-beams. I can drive without them but not without the low-beams. I have had my running lights go out twice since I purchased my car new in 12/2005. Lost the low-beam headlights both times. This is a safety hazard and a bad design.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Beetle 7
Failure Date: 12/18/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the headlight assembly disconnected from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection where the headlight assembly was replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2011

Headlight bulbs burn out every three months or so. I am an engineer, and have insured that the connections are tight, and the housing is free of moisture. I have googled this issue and found many similar complaints!!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle 9
Failure Date: 12/20/2010

The headlamps have been replaced four times. According to a vw dealership who serviced the vehicle, I was informed that the vehicle's wiring harness is defective, causing the headlights and instrumentation cluster to fail. The dealership informed me that they are aware of the wireing harness problem, but are not aware of any service recalls.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 10
Failure Date: 08/22/2010

My left front headlamp failed while driving. I thought it would be just a bulb. I went to pull the bulb and the headlamp harness was melted and fused. I contacted the local vw dealer and they claimed this can happen and I would have to replace the entire assembly. This is a $400. 00 repair. Why does the harness melt , this is a fire hazard under the hood. Plus what if this happens to both headlights at the same time ??.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 11
Failure Date: 01/07/2010

We have a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle. The driver's side headlight has gone out at least 8 times since the car was purchased new in spring of 2006. The authorized dealership has repaired each time with something to do with the rails. Volkswagen encourages me to continue bring it to them for repair. It is unsafe as the light will go out on normal highway driveway, not bumpy country roads. I have included the latest incident.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 12
Failure Date: 08/01/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle. A headlight bulb blew out in the vehicle. The dealer informed the contact that the entire high intensity density system needed to be replaced; however, due to the repair cost the contact was unable to repair the vehicle so that he could pass the virginia state inspection. The contact is concerned about the safety risk specifically since the state of virginia prohibits driving without head lamps. The current and failure mileages were 26,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 13
Failure Date: 10/15/2008

I own a 2005 vw Beetle and have had the car since new. The headlights on the car are coming apart at the seams. Vw says this is normal. I don't think it is normal at all. Seems like faulty parts to me. Headlights should not be coming apart at the seams.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Beetle 14
Failure Date: 02/25/2008

Purchased 1999 vw Beetle 20 months ago. Car has only 54,000 miles. Since owning the car have already over $3,500 in repairs. All of the repairs were done at my local darcar vw repair shop. I believe some of these repairs were recalls and have all receipt. Is there someone I can sent my repair receipts to to see if I can be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses which should have been recall services? I can forward receipts. Also seven days ago the passenger side window regulator broke and it appears it had been recalled per two vw owner who had same problems but I can't find the recall information on it. Can you suggest how I can view all recalls for 1999 vw Beetle GLS?.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 15
Failure Date: 02/05/2008

Both headlights turn themselves off while driving, leading to distressing conditions at night. This has been an ongoing problem since I first purchased the vehicle, continuing today. The headlights must be manipulate from inside the engine compartment to 're-lock' them into position for them to work again. Vw offered to sell new headlight assemblies, but offered no reason for them turning themselves off except to say that they see this issue a lot. I have also had tremendous problems with the windows, both front and back windows not operating and not fully moving up to the stop position. Again, volkswagon says they have had a lot of issues with the windows not operating correctly. These have been ongoing problems, first addressed by the dealer under warranty, but not replace, and later after warranty the dealer offered to sell new headlight assemblies and window controllers to me to fix the problem. Why wouldn't they replace them when they were under warranty. This is a very dangerous situation when driving and the headlights shut off.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Beetle 16
Failure Date: 08/30/2007

Electrical 1st the dealer charges for eveything they look at, and the work is never under warranty or recall. I have had two headlamps go out intermittently. My a/c switch when out, now the whole unit has gone out. The cost for repairs are outrageous. And they always rig their cars with special tools, so you cannot gpr elsewhere for service.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 17
Failure Date: 08/01/2007

06 vw Beetle headlights have gone out so many times and the cost to repair each time is around $100. After each repair it could be a day a week or two before the headlight goes out again. I have been told by 2 different dealerships that it is a design flaw. I now drive with the high beams so that I am visible at night.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 18
Failure Date: 05/10/2007

I own a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle that I bought new. Last year one of the lens covers on the headlight fell off. I had to replace the whole headlight assembly due to the part falling off as I was driving. I replaced it through ebay. A couple of weeks ago the other factory headlight lens cover fell off . It seemed the sealant that was being used was drying out, causing the lens to come loose and fall off the assembly. Last week, the headlight , that I replaced through ebay, also fell apart, with the lens cover coming off. If I go through the dealership to replace the lens covers it would be in excess of $ 250. 00 a piece for them. I am now looking at having to replace two of them at a cost of more than $500. 00. This to me seemed to be a factory defect as it kept happening.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 19
Failure Date: 12/06/2006

The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that the xenon lights would turn off and on at any time. The contact was in an accident in December 2006 because the lights turned off suddenly and caused the contact to run into a curb. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the lights were replaced. However, the failure still occurred and the contact could not drive safely at nights. The lights would reset after the vehicle was turned off and restarted. The failure mileage was approximately 12,000. The current mileage was approximately 64,500.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 20
Failure Date: 04/15/2005

Purchased 2005 vw Beetle with 7,300 miles assured full warranty. . . . Guaranteed paint on front bumper would be corrected. . . Did it twice still peeling off. . . . Electric windows repaired twice. . . . Began making noises when weather was damp. . . Took it to be checked out and was assured it would not always happen but normal. . . Told them transmission seemed to be slipping. . . . One headlight had a short, and then recall on brakelight. . . They did repair that. . . But informed me that was all they had time to do that do due to recall. . . Gas cap cover was sticking as well. . . Didn't fix it either. . . . Then my air bag light came on. . . Took it in for recall on that . . . After it was supposedly fixed airbag light did not go off, insisted it had nothing to do with sensor that was recalled. . . Noise in front end began and floorboard flooded during heavy rain. . . . With no obvious entry point. . . . Did search for problems with vw Beetles and there are thousands having the very same problems I have been experiencing. . . . Now heat gauge light comes off and on, alarm randomly sounds. . . . . But noise in front end concerns me greatly. . . Would not even diagnose car without $98 bucks an hour labor charge to find problems. . . . This car only has 34,952 miles on it and it is falling apart. . . No way can all these problems be fixed and me make payments. . . . But thousands are having these very same problems. . . Why has our government not insisted on a recall. . . . .

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle 21
Failure Date: 01/01/2005

Driving down the road in my car the day time running light went out. The brights still work but the passenger side headlight doesn't unless it is on brights, I thought this was just normal maybe the light work out but I was told it was the connection and I have seen so many with the same headlight out this is unsafe and can potentially result in a ticket or a wreck.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle 22
Failure Date: 11/28/2004

Was wondering if there is a problem/recall with the new vw beatle. I have a 2000 and I have had to replace the headlights 4-5 times within a year or so. Also I see alot of them on thge highway with one headlight out. Do you have any information inreference to this issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle 23
Failure Date: 01/14/2004

2001 vw Beetle - gasket for headlights and headlight lenses deteriorated. Had to have replaced.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle 24
Failure Date: 08/19/2003

Headlights failed while driving without warning.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Beetle 25
Failure Date: 07/07/2003

Dealer had to replace headlights 7 times this year. Consumer states vehicle is not longer under warranty so she had to pay $60. Oo for each head lamp.