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: 68,872 (11,650–230,000)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2003 Volkswagen Beetle 78,000 mi,
passenger lowbeam quit working, replaced bulb, still not working
2008 Volkswagen Beetle 66,000 mi,
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
2009 Volkswagen Beetle 18,982 mi,
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.
2002 Volkswagen Beetle 100,000 mi,
Seems like constantly replacing headlight bulbs
2007 Volkswagen Beetle 90,000 mi,
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.
both low beam headlights not working
2005 Volkswagen Beetle 84,000 mi,
Right headlight now working. Put in a new bulb, checked fuses, still doesn't work. Maybe wiring?
2006 Volkswagen Beetle 64,000 mi,
headlight bulbs keep burning out Cheaply made plastic housings break at retainers and clips
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.
2009 Volkswagen Beetle 62,000 mi,
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.
Had to replace whole light unit.
2009 Volkswagen Beetle 19,500 mi,
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.
2010 Volkswagen Beetle 60,000 mi,
Within the past year I have replaced my headlight 3 times. The last trip to the dealer they said needed to replace the headlight carrier that there was a bad connection. More research I have found other people having similar problems
2007 Volkswagen Beetle 30,000 mi,
Replacing one or both headlight low beam every six month at average. Harness also not engaging firmly which at times causes lights to fail. Poor design and problematic
2010 Volkswagen Beetle 12,258 mi,
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.
2004 Volkswagen Beetle 48,000 mi,
headlight balb went out.
2007 Volkswagen Beetle 87,000 mi,
I have had the headlights repaired several times and been stopped several times by the police and given warnings. My last visit to VW for the headlight problem I was informed that this is a known problem by VW. If I hit my headlight with a good fist bump every day, my light will work unless I hit a bump or railroad tracks. I wish they would do something about it other than charge me $70 every time I go get it repaired. I love my beetle however I am looking forward to the day I can get rid of this constant problem.
I have replaced the headlights twice in six months. Each time it is the low beams. The low beams come on and stay on when the key switch is on regardless of the time of day . I have changed the main switch to. Even the mechanic is baffled.