Headlights Problems of Volkswagen New Beetle



Volkswagen New Beetle owners have reported 31 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle 1
Failure Date: 11/15/2010

Sensor lights come on intermittently. Not consistent and go days between repeat issue. Abs/brake/esp: comes on and when car is restart will not duplicate. Dealer replaced module and it came on again. Seat belt alarm: will alarm even when seat belt is fastened. Airbag sensor: came on then, when car was restart it would not duplicate. Happened 3 time in a week. Headlights replaced: both replaced twice in one year. Locks: will lock/unlock while driving when they already had been locked.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle 2
Failure Date: 08/21/2010

I have a 2007 vw beetle that I have replaced the headlights on about six times. The taillights have been replaced three times. Now my headlights won't stay on. I believe this is a design flaw, because if you push on the lights, they will comrade on. However if I hit just a small bump in the road, they will go out. This is a hazard, especially driving in the dark.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 3
Failure Date: 08/03/2010

Plastic part in headlights (which bulb sits in) gets hot melts causing headlight to go out. Potential for fire.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle 4
Failure Date: 01/22/2010

My vw beetle is a 2008. I just had the 6th light replaced on 03/23/12. Took the car to be inspected and replaced the 7th light on 03/26/12!! I am not sure of the actual date of the first blown light. However, I do know that 7 running/headlights in less than 4 years is not normal!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 5
Failure Date: 11/25/2009

Headlights need to be replaced 3 times a year, can only be done at a dealer and are very expensive.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 6
Failure Date: 07/04/2009

Low beam headlight bulbs fail prematurely causing loss of vision at night. New bulbs only last about 3 months before they burn out. We asked the vw dealership if there is a remedy for the problem, but they answered "no". I know other people that have the same problem.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 7
Failure Date: 10/15/2007

Headlight went out while starting the car. Dealer found a burned wiring harness to be the cause. Cost to repair $ 159. 31. This could have been a major problem if both head lights would have gone out while traveling on a dark hwy at high speed. Burned wiring harness is in my possession. Second problem was with a brake light that went out date 10/30/07. Cause as per dealer was a faulty light socket. Cost to repair $ 73. 61.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 8
Failure Date: 03/24/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen beetle. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag indicator constantly illuminated. Also, the seat belt indicator illuminated intermittently even when the vehicle was unoccupied. In addition, the daytime running lamps would shut off, but the dealer replaced the bulbs. The contact had an appointment to have the air bag indicator diagnosed. The current and failure mileage were 35851.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 9
Failure Date: 04/29/2006

Headlamp assembly shorting out and burning assembly beyond repairable. Heat being produced by headlamp too high and shorts out headlight. Replacement of assembly is an option, but cause of assembly shorting out is not removed, with high probability of a repeat short.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 10
Failure Date: 02/28/2006

These are secondary safety issues: 1) gas gauge requires $700 instrument cluster 2) headlights shipped from factory missing retainer band and require $650 fix just to align. Vw san jose, CA invoice 441148 on 2001 vw beetle lemon 3vwdd21c21m460086.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 11
Failure Date: 09/01/2005

Purchased brand new. Problems I have had with this car: 1. Rear power windows have both taken turns falling down into the body. Will not power up. One has been replaced. Dealer now won't fix second one because they 'don't see it as a known problem. ' 2. Headliner around rear window has come undone. 3. Headlights have to be replaced constantly. For example; a light bulb was installed on a Saturday, and had stopped working by the following Wednesday. 4. Rubber coating on glove box and on interior doors is peeling off. Dealer would not even condsider fixing or addressing. 5. Key assembly for arm console broke almost immediately. It took approximately 8 months, and several reminders, to get dealer to replace. 6. Sometimes radio stays on after key has been removed from ignition. 7. Air bag light stays on. Won't go off. 8. Hand release on front passenger seat often gets 'stuck' and will not work. 9. Cup holder has come off track. I only drive this car to-and-from work. No kids/passengers ride in it. It has not had any owner abuse. I will never buy another Volkswagen product.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle 12
Failure Date: 03/11/2005

Since new, in the past (4) years, I have had to replace the drivers side headlamp bulb (5) times and the pass. Side headlamp bulb (4) times (daytime running and low beam). Now, the daytime running and low beam lights do no function at all! I cannot find any blown fuses or circuit breakers and after reviewing several vw owner support sites, I'm told it is a problem with the wiring harness do to corrosion from the windshield washer bottle spillage. The only way to drive the car at night or dusk is by using the high beam lamps. There is obviously something wrong with the wiring or electrical system on this car, 2000 vw beetle with the 1. 8 turbo engine.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle 13
Failure Date: 02/03/2005

I have a 2000 Volkswagen beetle and its right head light has gone out and I have noticed that a lot of Volkswagens right headlight is out as well not just on bettles but also its other models. Just wondering if there is a defect in there light assembly.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 14
Failure Date: 12/14/2004

Multiple requests to have our 2001 New Beetle tdi headlights adjusted properly have not been complied with by gurley-leep vw service department, since the first year of ownership, 2001 when the car was new. Specifically: low beam headlights are set far, far too low; I estimate the headlights illuminate about 60 feet in front of the vehicle, limiting travel at night to ~35 mph; this is obviously a safety hazard for two reasons: 1) we can't see hazards soon enough, and 2) our lower speeds present a hazard to other vehicles traveling at higher (normal) speeds. When I ask why the headlights are set too low, I'm told by service department personnel that "they're set to spec". Latest, 12/14/04: service department again told us they set the headlights "to spec", but the right light assembly doesn't stay in adjustment, I. E. , it "drops", and we need to buy a new assembly at about $330. 00. This is a strange situation because the left headlight illuminates the road at the same distance as the right headlight, and the gurley leep service department people did not tell us there was a problem with the left. Bottom line: this is apparently either a manufacturing defect or a poorly managed maintenance department; either way it is a safety hazard and must be corrected by vw at no charge.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 15
Failure Date: 05/30/2004

Purchased my third Volkswagen New Beetle - recognize that my second one, a 2003 was a lemon  5 right rear tail lights replaced and 2 headlights. Also had to have the intermittent wiper relay replaced - see odi #10074539. Dealer traded me for a 2004, on 4/6/04 and not even 2 weeks into my purchase, the drivers side window would not operate properly. Thought I was imagining things, especially after my last experience. I put the window down (electronically) and then put it up and it comes down by itself  certainly another safety fault of this car. It happened 2 more times before I called the dealer  they told me OH, we knew about that  bring it in and get it fixed. Oh, here we go again! I buy a new car about every 3-4 years, as I drive a lot and want a very dependable car, with no repairs needed. I will never feel safe in a vw New Beetle again. No matter if I never have another problem&& incidient date noted is when the dealer took my car to fix it. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 16
Failure Date: 05/01/2004

Headlights constantly go out while driving, have been pulled over by the police many times due to no lights or having to drive with high beams on. This past time had to park the car and have someone take us home, could not drive car until the next morning. Repair bills are becoming rediculous.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 17
Failure Date: 04/03/2004

From sept 03 through April 04, I had 5 right rear brake lights replaced and 2 left headlights replaced on my 2003 vw New Beetle. No reason was ever given as to why they kept failing. The dealership just kept replacing them. My son was stopped by the state patrol once because a rear light was out - I had total strangers tell me that the lights were out and my neighbors and I are keeping track of how many vw New Beetles have at least one light out  I count at least 4 each week. I want all vw New Beetle owners to know that this is a malfunction of their car and it is a safety issue and the dealer must repair it for free  vw is not consistent with recording their recalls on the internet, so I did not know that this was a problem. I finally got sick and tired of this problem and took my car back to the dealer I purchased it from. The dealer finally acknowledged the problem by giving me a new car; however I am now having problems with the driver window going back down on its own. Refer to #odi 10074541 and #10074539. (I recorded the last incident as the incident date).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle 18
Failure Date: 11/08/2003

Seatbelt air bag sensor- air bag malfunction light came on 11/8/03 took the car to the dealership they ordered the part. Both headlights were not working by the time I got to the dealer, they replaced those, turn signals were going on and off along with the hazard lights, was told these needed to be ordered. Called in 2 weeks and was told the parts were on manufacture backorder and they would call me when they came in. I called every 2 weeks they part were not in. 3/3/04 smog test done to register my car- failed smog, took car to dealer cat converter out, they had to order part said they would reorder the sensor, 3/12/04 took car back in parts not in yet, called every day parts not in now my registration was late. Cat converter came in on 4/2/04 it was installed dealer was refusing to smog test for free the finally did but would not pay the fees for my registration being late. Called again every 2 weeks parts did not come in. 6/30/04 went in other parts on the car were braking off, emergency brake handle broken, display lights not working, cup holder broken, again they had to order parts, and they never came in. 8/18/04 air conditioning stoped blowing cold air, made appt online for 8/23/04 took car in, none of the parts ordered are in again. Service stated my air conditioning is not covered because of a hole in the condensor even though my warranty states it is covered they refused to fix it and tried to charge me $95. 00 for finding the hole, I refused to pay after all I have been waiting since November for several parts including a saftey issue, the dealer service has been the worst I dealt with in 25 years of driving. I have sent emails, phone calls and faxes to the dealer regarding all my complaints and have not received a response.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 19
Failure Date: 03/01/2003

I have had the headlight bulbs (low beams) 3 times in my New Beetle. The manufacturer suggested that I not run the lights while driving during the day. They said that excessive use of the headlights will cause the bulbs to burn out faster. Sorry, but the headlights come on automatically when the car is on and the parking brake is released. So the lights are on all the time the vehicle is available for motion. The driver has no control on the use of the headlights orther than engaging the parking brake while driving. Hmmm, does not sound like an alternative that is useful. The lay person can not change these bulbs, it takes a mechanic to remove/disassemble the entire lamp assembly to get to the bulb. And vw is not reasonable in their replacement cost (labor) of this part. Especially after the third time in 13 months.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 20
Failure Date: 03/01/2003

Left headlamp bulb burned-out. I had to replace the driver's side headlamp at least 5 times over the life of the vehicle. The passenger side headlamp bulb has only needed replacement once over the same time period.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 21
Failure Date: 06/03/2002

Headlight malfunctions, burns out. Upon replacement, wiring harness melted. Car no longer under warranty.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 22
Failure Date: 01/20/2002

Headlight is burned out. To replace it you have to take the fender off of the vehicle. A coworker of mine also has a New Beetle and his headlight burnt out within a year. Also driving around you constantly see New Beetles with burned out headlights. I think this must be a manufactuerer defect that needs to be addressed. I have to note the dealership will repair it for free since the car is less than a year old, however I don't believe the headlights should burn out this frequently.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 23
Failure Date: 11/08/2001

Low beams fail must take apart and reset bulb to correct 3 times in one year owning it.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 24
Failure Date: 10/25/2001

We noticed the headlight was out. The right side had already gone out and we were able to replace the bulb with no problems. When we tried to replace the drivers side bulb, the bulb had exploded inside the headlight assembly and we noticed that the metal end of the halogen bulb was melted to the connector. We made an appointment with the dealer for repairs. The dealer showed us the wiring harness which was completely melted. Additionally they said the headlight assembly connection was also melted. The dealer commented that they were surprised there was not a fire in the vehicle.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 25
Failure Date: 06/29/2001

First bulb out on 10/2000 on driver's side, on 1/17/01 replaced wire harnesses as recommended by volkswagon dealer on both head lights. Also replaced both bulbs at this time. On 6/29/01 both bulbs burnt out again and both replaced. Volkswagon refuses to refund, because work not done at certified vw dealer. This is a dangerous problem. . . One went out while driving in fog and visibility was bad. I wanted to report this problem, to inform others that this part should be recalled and may not be designed properly. I feel I should also be refunded the money spent on replacing these defective parts. It is a safety issue! sincerely, laura frashier.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 26
Failure Date: 02/15/2001

The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle. The contact stated that whenever he drove 35 mph or more at night the headlights failed. They are not adjustable; yet, the one on the drivers side was aimed lower and the passenger side was aimed higher. The vehicle was taken to the dealer previously who adjusted the headlights but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 168,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 27
Failure Date: 07/01/2000

Consumer states upon starting the vehicle, one or both headlights do not always turn on, consumer has replaced the bulbs about 5 times each, consumer can lightly tap the headlight assembly and the lights will turn on until the next start up, consumer has checked the connection and cleaned them, however the problem still exists, he thinks it may have to do with the current flow to the bulbs or be a grounding problem, consumer also states that the lights have never gone out or flickered while driving.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 28
Failure Date: 07/01/2000

Consumer states upon starting the vehicle, one or both headlights do not always turn on, consumer has replaced the bulbs about 5 times each, consumer can lightly tap the headlight assembly and the lights will turn on until the next start up, consumer has checked the connection and cleaned them, however the problem still exists, he thinks it may have to do with the current flow to the bulbs or be a grounding problem, consumer also states that the lights have never gone out or flickered while driving.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 29
Failure Date: 07/25/1999

I have a 1998 vw beetle. I bought the beetle new. The headlights have been a problem since the car had 15,000 miles. The first time I took it to the dealership they said they could not get the light to remain out, however since I had reported it they would honor the warranty on it if it went out again. It did the month the warranty ran out. They refused to honor the warranty. I filed a complaint with vw and they said settled it with the dealer. After going back and forth I finally paid 80. 00 to get it repaired. Two months after the first headlight went out the other headlight quit completely. I took it back with the same complaint. They told me they are aware of the problem with the headlights and vw would address the problem later. Being stubborn, I have not repaired the headlight. The car now has 52000 miles on it. I think they should pay me for the first repair and also repair the second headlight. Vw is very aware of the issue as I have spoken with numerous other owners with the same problem who own 98's and 99's.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 30
Failure Date: 02/01/1998

Headlights will blow out unexpectedly, consumer has had 10 sets of new headlights, and paid to have new wiring, and problem still occurs. Mostly happens in dark.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 31
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2005 Volkswagen beetle would not start properly. Mechanic determined the temp sensor was bad and replaced it. Parts for the convertible top and headlights have been replaced. The dealer in now telling the consumer that the vehicle needs a strut bearing.