One or Both Head Lights May Not Work on Volkswagen GTI

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: 77,658 (49,600–106,000)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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problem details
2006 Volkswagen GTI 49,600 mi,
1 headlamp bulb, and "igniter" replaced for approximately $1,000 at dealer.
2006 Volkswagen GTI 106,000 mi,
replaced passenger side bulb for $106.00. It failed within 24 hours. Mechanic noted wiring harness breakdown present.
Driver's side headlight turned color and burnt out a couple days after
2004 Volkswagen GTI 56,000 mi,
Premature burnout