One or Both Head Lights May Not Work on Volkswagen Beetle

One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.

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Average mileage: 68,237 (11,650–230,000)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
160 people reported this problem
104 people shared problem details
2008 beetle has had 2 passenger and 2 driver side headlight failures AND HAS TO BE FIXED AT THE DEALER. ~$100 EACH EXCEPT FIR THE ONE UNDER WARRANTY. Ridiculous!! I will not buy another VW ever...Spent $300 for headlight bulbs. CALL VW AMERICA AND COMPLAIN VW NEEDS TO COME CLEAN ON THEIR POOR DESIGN OR POOR QUALITY PARTS
passenger lowbeam quit working, replaced bulb, still not working
Driver side low beam was out. I swapped the low beam fuses and the driver side was still out but the passenger side still worked. The I swapped the passenger side low beam bulb with the drivers side one. Same results, no driver side low beam. Seems like a harness or connector problem. Still cold out so I'll wait for warmer weather to continue trouble shooting this problem. Getting the headlight assembly out (and back in) is a REAL pain.
Seems like constantly replacing headlight bulbs
headlight bulbs keep burning out Cheaply made plastic housings break at retainers and clips
both low beam headlights not working
Had to replace whole light unit.
Right headlight now working. Put in a new bulb, checked fuses, still doesn't work. Maybe wiring?
The headlight lamp socket burned several times, thought is was the bulb, not... I just purchased 2 headlamp sockets @ $2.87 pc. I'm going to replace them myself. I don't wish to spend $300 to replace the entire lamp. I have 129,000 miles and plan to by a new car in a few months.
I purchased my Beetle used. It had 19500 miles. I noticed that the passenger side light was dim. I had it it 3 different times and they said it was fine. Finally it went out all together and they ordered the whole assembly. When I went to have it installed they found a bad connection. I hope that is the end of the problem. I only have 30000 miles now and I am going in again because the glove compartment broke, the sound when I lock my car has stopped and the wheel cover is peeling. I am finding that Volkswagen is not what it used to be. I have had 3 other Volkswagen and never had these problems. I also had the alternator replaced right after I purchased the car. I am glad that I had the orginal warranty left and 2 more years from the dealer.
Both headlights will not work, bulbs replaced (very price), harness, even took to the dealership and they weren't able to dx.
My left rear turn signal light failed to work a month ago. The indicator is that the turn signal was clicking fast. They fixed the socket. Next the right turn signal was not working. Friday they said it was a loose wire. That evening it stopped working. Today on Wednesday, they replaced the socket.
The light will go out if you run over a bump in road or push on headlights they will come on let off pressure and the go out.
The Passenger side low beam would flicker out, but if I tapped the hood it would come back on. Then is just wouldn't come on, but if I tapped the hood it would come back on, unless I hit a bump in the road, then I was out again. Now it won't come on at all, the high beams work on both sides. I took it to a mechanic and they said I needed a whole new assembly and that a dealer would have to do it. I'm going to have to wait, that is just too expensive. I plan to sell the car.
headlight balb went out.
Right side headlight constantly looses connection and goes out. Real safety problem. Tried repositioning and relocking. Sometimes works for a while, sometimes not. Very poor design. Worked on pin connectors with poor success. This problem seems to be wide spread and should result in a recall. VW doesn't seem to have an answer to the problem short of replacing the headlight assembly which doesn't fix the problem.
I have had headlights go out constantly, even had a whole headlight assembly replaced cost $380.00. Recently I was driving home and both lights went out and it was night time. I took a friends car home and took my car to a vw garage the next day. He checked it out and found out bulbs was fine, had to push on the headlight to get it back on. hitting a bump on the road would make it go out again. I have had three beetles since 2002 and love them, but if vw does not stand behind there product and make this right I will get rid of it and never get another or recommend one ever again. I love my beetle but am retired and can't afford this. o'neill Atalissa Iowa
The headlights seem to go out alternately at least once a year. I have the bulbs replaced and go on. I mentioned it to the service attendants, and the response was they just seem to go out sooner than most cars. I've never had a vehicle that I've had to change this often,
Headlight bracket and harness / plug stoped making good connection. Fixed then started again after hitting bump, jarged connection lose again. Removed bracket, looked it over, seen what i needed to TRIM off the bracket so the male would slide further into the female! Of course that done the trick! lol This happens to almost all beetles of this design!
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