Headlights Problems of Volkswagen Beetle - part 1

Volkswagen Beetle owners have reported 47 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen Beetle based on all problems reported for the Beetle.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Beetle 1
Failure Date: 11/22/2017

Headlight assembly electrical connection has a design flaw that allows the rear pin connector to slightly pull-away and loosen from the headlamp bucket resulting in intermittant headlight failure, especially in colder weather or going over a bump in the road. This has happened to my vehicle numerous times during the past several years, each time thinking the bulbs burned-out but in actuality, it is the wiring harness. The vw dealer says the entire assembly must be replaced, but it the too-short chassis wiring harness that is the issue. This sudden loss of headlight illumination presents a clear & present danger when traveling at night and reasonably must be addresses as soon as possible. According to the vw online forums, this is a known issue that vw has ignored for years.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 2
Failure Date: 04/05/2017

Driver side headlamp - was inspected by ek automotive in chicago. Headlamp assembly is not connecting to power supply therefore, this is a big safety concern! . Every time I hit a bump, the low beam headlight goes out !! vw needs to fix this at their expense!! I've seen so many new Beetles with one headlight out. . . Make it right!!!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 3
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

While driving the vehicle going 60mph, the lights turn off. I had to stop and hit the headlights to get the lights to come on. Then they would shut off again. I took it to the dealer. The headlight assembly is made of plastic and broke. It is a matter of time before the assembly breaks again causing the lights to fail.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Beetle 4
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The passenger-side headlight has repeatedly failed over the 3 years I've owned this convertible. I have spend almost a $1000 to have various related parts replaced and the light fails to work (I. E. It is never just a blown bulb) within a few months. Most recently June 2016.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 5
Failure Date: 06/15/2015

I took my 2005 convertible Beetle to the service provider because my r headlight was out. They refused to work on it because it was a fire hazard. All the wires to the headlight were exposed. The protective part over the wires were brittle and appeared to have just rotted off. Each wire will need to be repaired before any one will work on it due to the hazard. I looked at the left headlight and someone had repaired the wires already on that side. Lots of electrical tape and wire nuts. I still have no r headlight. The airbag light has been on as well since I purchased the vehicle used last year. I own another Beetle. It is a 2000 and the airbag light has been on for several years as well. I have read about wiring problems with the airbags and feel that it is also a safety issue I felt that needed to be reported. Please feel free to contact me for further details.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Beetle 6
Failure Date: 11/13/2014

Vw has known issues with their headlights. They easily disconnect from the wiring harness (plugs do not have a safety measure to keep them attached to each other). I was driving down the highway last night and all of my lights went out. If it had not been for other cars coming I would have been unable to pull to the side of the road due to no lighting.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 7
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 2008 Volkswagen Beetle 8
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

The 2008 model for the vw Beetle appears to have a design flaw regarding the headlight assemblies. We have had to replace both assemblies because the "headlight buckets" come loose from the power supply inside the fender where the housing units are connected. This issue means that when you hit a bump, the lighting assembly comes loose and headlights fail to operate. At night, this is extremely dangerous! I have contacted vw about the issue and I am supposed to hear back from them. I have had both assemblies replaced with brand new units and the same issue occurs. Most people probably believe their headlight burned out and have it replaced. When the headlight is replaced, the unit is removed and plugged back in and can easily mask the real issue. There is a flaw in the design and a continuous connectivity issue with these parts! vw needs to issue a safely recall and fix this so our headlight assemblies remain plugged into the power source!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 9
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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 10
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!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
Failure Date: 07/15/2009

Vw 2005 convertible bug both rear window problems, will not roll up or down. Passenger side window is making a horrible squeaking noise, seems to be the next one to go. Along with head light shortages. The last 5 years I have at least replaced the headlights at least 8 times. Recently both headlights have turned themselves off/out. This is ridiculous! this is unacceptable and vw should be ashamed of themselves to not fix the problems that are obviously flawed! I understand putting out a product will have some flaws, but not standing behind their brand name and not making things right is a slap in the face. I was a proud owner of my first car I bought myself. And all I have to show and get out of the deal is an empty wallet and embarrassment when I drive down the road because features don't work right. Do what's right vw and man up to your mistake. I would buy 10 more cars like the one I have if only they took pride in their product and honored the average loyal customer. I'm a 25 year old girl who supports myself on my own dollar. I was raised knowing you fix what problems you create. Be accountable and do what's right! it's your turn vw please do what's right.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Beetle 21
Failure Date: 07/08/2009

Both headlights either burnout or lose connection. It happened 4 times during warranty and an additional 8 times after warranty period. Numerous contacts at the dealer resulted in conversation that vw would not recognize this problem. It is clearly evident to me as an automotive engineer and a registered professional engineer that the locking assembly is not adequate to lock the assembly into the required position.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.