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.
Car Problem Reports
Volkswagen Beetle Premature Head Light Bulb Burnout and Bulb Harness Failure is Common
Volkswagen Beetle Problem
Average Mileage: 70,186 mi (11,650 mi - 230,000 mi)
Visitor, 2002 Volkswagen Beetle, 100,000 mi
Seems like constantly replacing headlight bulbs
Visitor, 2003 Volkswagen Beetle, 78,000 mi
passenger lowbeam quit working, replaced bulb, still not working
Visitor, 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
Had to replace whole light unit.
Visitor, 2009 Volkswagen Beetle
both low beam headlights not working
Visitor, 2006 Volkswagen Beetle, 64,000 mi
headlight bulbs keep burning out Cheaply made plastic housings break at retainers and clips
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
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.
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2004 Volkswagen Beetle, 48,000 mi
headlight balb went out.