Brake Light Problems of Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 36 problems linked to brake light (under the exterior lighting category).
#1 - Brake Light problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle was a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 3VWJM71K19_. My '09 Jetta had a "bulb failure" light sporadically turn on over the course of 3 days (sometimes it was on and sometimes it wasn't when I started the car), and when it was on, I noticed that my passenger-side headlight was out. I took it in to the dealership and it turned out to be a burnt fuse, and they notified me that it affected my brake lights as well. They replaced the entire fuse box for a price of $515. 00 (this was on wed. 9/18/2013). On Friday, 9/27/2013, the "bulb failure" light came on again, and now my driver's side headlight is out. I have found that this is occurring a lot with other 2009/2010 vw vehicles. The failure date was September 18, 2013.
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#2 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. VIN of the vehicle was 3VWSB69M71_. The 2001 v. W. Jetta: this vehicle burns an excessive amount of oil, approximately 1 quart per month, in daily, everday usage, city traffic and short highway trips, an exorbitant amount of oil, even with regular oil/filter changes. V. W. Has not notified me of this problem, nor corrected it and dealers' will do nothing about it. The driver's side, shoddy, flip-back, plastic arm rest is broken, cheaply made, it will not retain or hold the driver's arm, it is located adjacent and near the auto. Transmission gear shift, it could and does fail, a safety hazard. Rear tail and brake lights burn-out at excessive rates, often enough for it to be a nuisance, to replace them. Please have v. W. Correct these problems @ their own expense, not mine, owner. It was Tuesday, April 26, 2005 when this brake light issue occurred.
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#3 - Brake Light problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. The warning light came on upon starting the vehicle indicating that a headlight, side light, brake light, and rear light were out. I inspected the vehicle and all lights were working. The indicater however kept coming on. Upon taking into the shop to check on the repair I was informed that this is due to a defective fuse box in the vehicle which gets "hot" and shorts the box out. Vw is aware of this problem but not enough people have complained to warrant a recall. When I advised that this may result in a possible fire or shorting out of the system - mayble causing a stall I was told "it could happen. ". The fuse box was replaced which cost $785. 27. Fortunately, this box is still under warranty of the repair because I am having the problem again for a second time. This problem occurred on Jun. 28, 2013.
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#4 - Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Volkswagen Jetta is 3BWPG71K76_. The vehicle is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the brake light would consistently stay on even when the ignition was turned off, causing the battery to drain. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 104, 000. This brake light problem happened on 11/04/11.
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#5 - Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Volkswagen Jetta is 3VWDT71KX6_. Upon application of the car's brake, the upper rear brake light bleeds light into the rear window. This obscures vision through the rear window at night, especially in very low ambient light conditions. I have asked the dealer to take care of this under warranty, and their position is that this is not a safety or design issue. I have not been involved in an accident yet due to this design flaw, but I do consider this a safety issue that needs to be addressed. This problem occurred on Oct. 30, 2005.
#6 - Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle is 3VWPF71K56_. Brake lights remain on after car is shut off. This brake light issue occurred Friday, Oct. 20, 2006.
#7 - Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 45 mph, the rearview mirror overadjusted, which caused the brake lights to produce a large, red glare on the rear window. The failure caused poor visibility. The current mileage was 20,000 and failure mileage was 24. This brake light problem happened on Monday, May 1, 2006.
#8 - Brake Light problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2005 Volkswagen new Jetta. I have a 2005 vw 2. 5 Jetta. My first incident was at 32,000 miles when the back brakes went out. Following that, my brake lights became faulty. After replacing my brake lights, they went out again. I took it to the dealer who charged me $38 to change them again. They went out once again before the dealer decided to inform me there was a defect which was covered under warranty. The next problem was when I was driving on the freeway when my car lost power and the check engine light came on. I was towed to the dealer who told me my spark plugs were wet from the rain. They suggested the 40k mile maintenance at $500 to fix the problem. I agreed to do this only to have the light come on after I left the dealer. This happened about 4 more times until the dealer finally revealed they are aware of a problem with the coils. They were dying electronically one by one and they had to order 5 new updated coils from michigan for my specific VIN. 6 months later the check engine light came on again at 50 miles. Now I am being told the a/c fan motor has died. There is no sensor for this so the fan motor has to be replaced at $780. 00. I was also informed that the larger fan is working, but it is weak and might need replaced as well. The car jerks and runs very rough. My car also makes a loud noise when I start it. When I am sitting at a stop sign or red light the whole car shakes. This does not seem right for a car that has 56k miles currently. This issue happened on Mar. 21, 2008.
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#9 - Brake Light problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the right rear brake light was defective; when he would turn the vehicle off, it would stay on. The failure was intermittent. There was also a right rear brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but the vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was 77,936. The failure mileage was approximately 77,740. It was Thursday, October 21, 2010 when this brake light issue occurred.
#10 - Brake Light problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle was 3VWRK69M93_. I own a 2003 vw Jetta. I bought it on 09/02. Since then I have had a variety of problems. First it was my electrical. By brake lights stayed on and the key less remote did not work I could not lock my car and non of the interior and exterior lights worked. I took this problem to vw and the said that I needed to make an appontment before they would help me. So I had to drive home with all these problems and make my appt. This problem was fixed however occasionaly the brake lights still stay stuck on. This was also noted to vw. The second time I took my car in for a rattle in my clutch. I was told I would need to take my car on a test drive with a customer service rep (?). So I did and she stated she did not here anything and I told here that when I take the clutch out it does rattles very loud but when I push the clutch in the rattle stops. Customer service rep stated since she did not here this she could not let the actual tech look at it. I demanded the tech to look at it. Finally the tech and customer service rep told me I had a rattle in my clutch due to my bald tires. ???? since I did need new tires, I replaced all 4. My clutch still rattled. (shocker) I then decided to take my vw to another vw service dealer, and they determined that the rattle was a loose heat plate. Vw dealer stated this was fixed. The next day this rattle was still there. I have taken this car in for a total of 3 times for this rattle. I have decided on getting a new non-vw car. Not only has the car dissappointed me but the servcie poeple have treated me and my husband like ignorant consumers. On each of these visits to the vw dealer they have ahd to keep my car for numerous days, and never was I able to receive a rental, which resulted in me missing work and costing me more money. *. This brake light issue occurred Mon., Mar. 3, 2003.
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#11 - Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2002 Volkswagen new Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWSE69M82_. Tailights burn out frequently. Component caught fire. This brake light problem happened on Saturday, November 27, 2004.
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#12 - Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this Jetta is 3VWSK69M52_. In Dec. 01 the brake and abs panel lights came on. The car manual said to take to mechanic immediately. I have relocated from NJ where I purchased the car to v. I. I was told by salesman, gary, that Volkswagen would cover waranty expenses just send receipt. When I called vw about the problem I was told to ship the car to pr which would cost me $1600. The property damage figure I can't afford the pr dealer is the closest I spoke to them they said master brake control unit or the la bomba need replacement cost $600 dollars and 400 respectively. They said perhaps they would send mechanic if I paid transportation and room. If the parts special tools (loaned) and instructions are sent my mechanic could do the job. What are my options? this is a brand new car which I paid over $20,000.
#13 - Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle was a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. Brake lights stay illuminated while driving. Please provide further information.
#14 - Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. : the contact stated while driving 65 mph, the vehicle was pulled over by police and informed the tail lights were not illuminated. The 3 brake lights failed to illuminate in rapid succession and required that the bulbs needed to be replaced in August. The cruise control failed intermittently, as well as, the lighting in the instrument panel by the heat switch. The manufacturer was notified, but informed the contact the vehicle was not included in recall # 06v183000 for the exterior lighting: brake lights: switch due to the VIN, although the problems were similar. This issue happened on Thursday, October 12, 2006.
#15 - Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWSP69M62_. Brake light failure. It was Jan. 2, 2007 when this brake light issue happened.
#16 - Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
The VIN of the problem Jetta is WVWSP61J72_. - the contact has a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta and the brake light switch malfunctions causing the brake lights not to turn on when one applies the brakes. The contact wants the safety recall on Volkswagen brake lights to apply to all of the Volkswagen vehicles. This brake light issue occurred Friday, January 12, 2007.
#17 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Back brake lights have worn out, and the light to acknowledge that brakes need service has not come on yet. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything. This issue happened on 06/02/2002.
#18 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this Jetta is 3VWSS29M31_. Nothing but problems!!! the day I was to pick my car up, driver window needed replacement. Since then it has fallen into door 3 times. Air conitioner leaked into interior, soaking carpets and smells bad. Brake lights stuck on when car is off, arm rest and glove box broke. Received zero help from dealership or volks. Of America. What is next???. It was Thu., Jan. 25, 2001 when this brake light issue happened.
#19 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. There was crash involved with this Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle is 3VWRP29M11_. Brake lights went out repeatedly. Vehicle has been in the repair shop a number of times, yet the problem keeps recurring. Vehicle was in an accident due to brake light failure.
#20 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Consumer complained about a transmission problem. Transmission will not go into reverse. Also, consumer was told that there was a problem with the brake light. Water intrusion from the driver's side of the vehicle leaving 1/2" of water on floorboard. Consumer reporting this condition results in slippery pedals and windows fogging up. It was Thursday, January 1, 2004 when this brake light issue occurred.
#21 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle is 3VWSD69M41_. I noticed on the incident date that the brake lights were on when the car was turned off and parked. I tried to get the brake lights to go off by gently tapping on the brake pedal, but they would not. I was told by the dealership that it was probably the brake light switch. And that many of their Jetta customers were complaining about their brakes lights being on. I was also told that this item was not covered under waranty. This is not a wear and tear item. If this is a common occurence then Volkswagen should pick up the cost to repair this malfunction. There should be some kind of recall issued for this occurrence. This problem occurred on Feb. 23, 2004.
#22 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. My passenger rear brake light has burnt out aproximately five time since I purchased the vehicle - I asked the dealer to inspect to see if there was a short causing the lights to burn out and was told that it is normal wear and tear. Funny thing is that my driver's side brake light has never burnt out in three years and I have two friends with the exact same problem same side and everything. It was Jan. 11, 2004 when this brake light issue occurred.
#23 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Since I have had my Jetta I have had to keep oil in the trunk because the car burns oil, I was told by the dealer that it is normal for a car to use that much oil, I have had to have the brake switch replaced, the arm rest latch replaced, cd player replaced twice, my passenger rear brake lights burn out regularly (only passenger side), my key in the ignition alarm and lights left on alarm turned and stayed on everytime I drove my car. The dealer's solution to all these problems was to downgrade my car and buy a vw beetle. I purchased a 2002 used beetle - dealer allowed me take car and promised to fix anything on the following Monday. There was a light on the dash that was lit up called epc - I asked the dealer what the light was for and they said that the alignment needed to be adjusted no big deal they would fix it when I returned on Monday. I drove the car off the lot got about 20 miles for the dealership and the car died on the freeway!!!!! while waiting for the tow truck I read in the car manual that epc stood for electric power control - it said if this light goes on do not attempt to drive - tow to dealership immediately - after that I marched right back to the dealer and got my Jetta back - however I still have all of the above problems and few to add to the list defective electric window, noisy brakes when in reverse even after brakes were replaced. I can't wait to turn the piece of @#$%# in to the dealer when my lease is up and walk away - I just feel sorry for the fool they turn around and sell it to!. This issue happened on Sun., Apr. 22, 2001.
#24 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. I have had nothing but problems after purchasing my brand new 2001 v. W Jetta. I had vehicle only 6 months and it left me stranded due to malfunction of emission control sensor. 5 months after that, ignition lock cylinder was inoperable, needing them to repair. 2 months later, owned for 1 yr 1 month, car was burning a lot of oil so consumption test was done and determined to be true,that the car was in fact consuming abnormal amount of oil. As "a courtesy to me, the customer" Volkswagen replaced piston rings, rod bearings and deglazed cylynder walls. They had my car 6 days to rebuild engine. 6 months later car was shaking really bad when driving on the freeway, took it in and service technition discovered that rear brakes were warped and rear brake pads had "premature wear. " those were replaced. Throughout this course of time the passenger brake light had been replace 2 times,air condition vent was not working and had to be remove and install new center air outlet,armrest broke and had to be replaced, glove compartment latch broke, and the brake lights have gone out and been repaired numerous times but are still faulty,not working at this time. Volkswagen has treated me as though I was the one inconviencing them!! I regret purchasing this vehicle and will continue discouraging anyone from ever buying a Volkswagen! I don't feel safe in this car!! after doing some research I see now that I am not alone. Knowing there are many other vw's on the road with the same mechanical problems my car, I'm concerned with the safety of others as well as myself!. This issue happened on Sep. 6, 2001.
#25 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 3VWSS29M81_. Normal operation of vehicle until the failure occurred. No incidents as of yet. Both tail lights and window brake lights do not illuminate. Car was serviced on a previous recall. The failure date was Jun. 19, 2006.
#26 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of the problem Jetta is WVWSB61JX1_. Brake light switch has failed for the 2nd time in 2 years. The brake lights do not work when the brakes are applied. There is no indication in the car to indicate that the brake lights are not working. This problem occurred on Jul. 1, 2006.
#27 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. I have had my 2001 Jetta Volkswagen for 3 years bought it used in those 3 years have had the epc light come on 4 different occasions. One of the time that had the dealership fix feel under the recall list. Since then it has failed 2 different times the latest of the 2 once in November when the dealership mechanic stated we know about the problem here is the phone to corporate to complain that is all we can do. Now in August it has failed again while my wife was driving on the freeway for no reason. When the epc light comes on the brake fail to work at all. Luckily my wife was not in a car accident that day but could have been since the brakes do not work. This brake light problem happened on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006.
#28 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. : the contact stated after driving 35 mph on normal road conditions, the brake lights remained illuminated. There were no warning lights indicating any malfunctions. The manufacturer was contacted who determined the vehicle was not included in recall # 06v183000 nor in # 04v096000 due to the VIN. The contact was very concerned because the brake light defect described in the recalls matched the problem the vehicle presented. The failure date was Oct. 20, 2006.
#29 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 3VWSK69M01_. My brake lights are constantly going out. I will replace the left and then a month or so later I have to replace the right, or the center brake light or the license plate light. I am replacing about 4-5 lights per year on the rear of the vehicle. Also numerous electrical problems. 1/2 of the interior lights are no longer working, and when I unlock the car it will automatically lock on me within 15 seconds unless I start the engine. It was May 28, 2005 when this brake light issue happened.
#30 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Numerous problems with 2001 vw Jetta, purchased new in June, 2001. Including : windows sporadically malfunctioning (when I called vw corporate as well as my local dealer, I was told that after the dealer evaluated problem I could be responsible for the labor charge depending on the outcome of their diagnosis!!); trunk latch has been replaced once (out of warranty) and now latch does not respond to remotes nor to the inside release on driver door; driver door lock does not respond to remotes nor to control on driver door (the other three door locks are presently functioning); interior coating on plastic door handles and center console began to peel within six months of delivery; center console latch broke long ago; check engine light comes on/off sporadically (brought car to certified mechanic but problem undiagnosed); a wax substance was constantly running into doorwells; vw dealer replaced coil, cables and buffer in response to rough engine idle complaint and I incurred all costs and inconvenience of car in shop , this at 72,000 miles,hazard lights malfunctioned; turn signals malfunctioned; now I hear of a brake light recall and an emergency light switch problem. I am just realizing recently that I am not alone with my Jetta problems, that numerous jjetta owners are having the same problems ( I researched on internet) . Vw customer service not helpful at all in resolving these problems. This issue happened on Jun. 15, 2001.
#31 - Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The vw Jetta vr6 2001 that I purchased last year for $7,000 (financing through my credit union) is a lemon. I have had it less than a year and already spent $2000 on minor repairs and I estimate that right now it needs about $4000 more in the next few months. I believe that sundance improperly sold this car, knowing that a massive amount of things are wrong with it. I had a garage with which they are affiliated look at it and completely misrepresented the shape of the car. Since acquiring it I have been plagued with difficulties with it, from head lights mysteriously going out, to the water pump failing, to the serpentine coil failing, now to the air compressor failing, as well as the computer to the a/c, and today it is the epc code (which I believe has something to do with either the catalytic converter, or computer - but the thing is losing power and the brake lights don't work which is a major safety hazard), not to mention the transmission slips and will need to be replaced. Having been plagued with these issues, I have come to find out that there are many other vw Jetta vr6 2001 owners who are adamant that this car is a manufactured lemon. Vw needs to be in some way held accountable - all of us have had nightmarish lives and are paying for the defects every day. This problem occurred on 06/10/2010.
#32 - Brake Light problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 3VWSE29M3Y_. Vw Jettas. Common problem is that the brake lights stop working without warning. Owners are unaware of this. This is dangerous. 2000 and newer years. You should make them issue a safety recall. This issue happened on Jan. 1, 2002.
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#33 - Brake Light problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle was a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta. Problems with vehicle's brake lights. On three occasions, the window regulator clips were replaced. Currently the brake light switch needed to be replaced for a third time. It was Tuesday, June 1, 2004 when this brake light issue occurred.
Other Exterior Lighting related problems of Volkswagen Jetta:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Brake Light Switch problems||103|
|Brake Light problems||36|
|Exterior Lighting problems||19|
|Hazard Flashing Warning Light Switch problems||17|
|Turn Signal problems||14|
|Turn Signal Flasher Unit problems||8|
|Turn Signal Switch problems||8|
|Hazard Flashing Warning Light Unit problems||7|
|Tail Light Switch problems||5|
|Tail Light problems||4|
|Hazard Flashing Warning Light problems||4|
|Back Up Lights problems||2|
|Headlight Switch problems||2|
|Back Up Light Switch problems||2|
|High/low Beam Switch problems||1|