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 Passat Premature Head Light Bulb Burnout and Bulb Harness Failure is Common
Volkswagen Passat Problem
Average Mileage: 102,250 mi (60,000 mi - 130,000 mi)
Visitor, 2001 Volkswagen Passat, 130,000 mi
Socket melted, had to replace wire harness
I have a 2007 Passatwagon headlight fell out and burned wires
replaced with all new housing on both dealer said would take 3 hours to install
went to another shop done in 30 mins charged me $40
Visitor, 2001 Volkswagen Passat, 127,000 mi
Headlight harness shot again. $75.00 for a piss poor design. Volkswagen. have your ever heard of Quality Control?
REPLACED THE HEADLAMP AT A BODY SHOP BECAUSE THE DEALER GAVE ME SUCH A HIGH PRICE QUOTE. 2008. BULB ITSELF WAS $120 AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE HIS SHOP HAD PURCHASED!! wORKING FINE SINCE.