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Brake Light Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 38 problems related to brake light (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 11/20/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while pulled over by a police officer, she was made aware that the third brake light failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the window defroster and third brake light failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

The vehicle failed to start so it was jumpstarted with no problems then taken to get the battery tested. The battery, alternator, and starter all tested ok. Then warning lights indicating that the right headlamp and right rear taillamp illuminated then went out. Vehicle was driven to the dealer and they determined that a part of the fuse box had melted. Upon further inspection a 30amp fuse for the brake lights had melted into the fuse panel, but had not popped the fuse.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 09/18/2013

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.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 06/28/2013

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.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 11/04/2011

The contact owns 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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 10/21/2010

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 06/10/2010

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.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 03/21/2008

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 01/12/2007

- 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.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 01/02/2007

Brake light failure.


 
car image   Brake Light problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 10/22/2006

I am 8 months pregnant driving with my one year old daughter in the car and was hit in the rear of my 2000 Jetta while stopped at a light. The women who hit me told me brake lights weren't on. Thankfully both the baby I am pregnant with and my 1 year old are ok but I had already brought my car in for this problem in 2004. Now the brake lights stay on constantly. Vw needs to address this problem before they kill me or my babies!!.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 10/20/2006

Brake lights remain on after car is shut off.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 10/20/2006

: 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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 10/12/2006

: 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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 08/08/2006

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 07/01/2006

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 06/19/2006

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 05/01/2006

The contact owns 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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 10/30/2005

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 05/28/2005

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 04/26/2005

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 11/27/2004

Tailights burn out frequently. Component caught fire.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 24
Failure Date: 02/23/2004

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.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 01/11/2004

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.