Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
Average mileage: 58,229 (16,000–165,000)
62 people reported this problem
Over the 16 months I have owned the vehicle (purchased new from VW dealer), the front headlamp bulbs have required replacement 4-5 times. On the second and third failures, the entire headlamp assembly was replaced by VW just before the 36K warranty expired. This did not fix the problem, as I continue experience bulb failures about every 10K miles. Unlike many post on forums, which discuss hot wires or loose connections, my issues have been solely bulbs that burn out. I have substitued various types of H7 to see if it is a bulb reliability problem, but the frequency of bulb failure has not changed.
I find I am replacing headlights once a month, ever since the car hit about 40K miles (now we are at 80K). We are becoming experts at changing the bulbs and are careful to never touch the bulb. We've tried multiple brands with no change in longevity. I drive mainly highways with few potholes. I do travel about 3200 miles a month and have the headlights on day and night, but this seems like a lot of headlight changes compared to other vehicles I've owned. My previous car was a Camry, it got almost the same number of miles per month on much rougher roads and weather, and I don't remember changing the headlights more than once or twice in 5 years.
2 months ago i replace a blown headlight with sylvania hid. Both my headlights are now blown again. I tried to replace with new bulbs and it won't work. Have to take it to a dealership to find out the issue. My horn also doesn't work. Wonder what it will cost to get this repaired. Hopefully this is not an reoccurring issue.
I went to replace a headlight bulb but when I did the the new bulb didn't work either so I examined the old bulb and it was not burned out either. The daylight and bright lights still worked so I assumed it had to be the wiring in the headlight assembly. After reading all the past and present VW headlight problems I can't believe there hasn't been a recall for this. I have owned Ford, Chevy, and Dodge and have had recalls for less safety issues.
Both headlights went out at the same time. The dealership blew me off and said it was just a rare situation. I'm also having intermittent issues with the trunk lights as well. Normally if I tap on the lense lightly they come back on.
Both of my low beams went out so I installed new bulbs but they won't turn on. Not sure what to do besides not drive at night.
I have a 2012 VW Jetta. Car was still under warranty when left day light went out in May 2012. 3 months ago, right light went out and had it replaced. October 2015 left light is out again. VW wants $150 to change bulb or $140.00 to diagnose what the issue is.
Are these bulbs easy to replace without going to a mechanic?
Someone posted that a sealant was put over the outer glass of lights and that seemed to work.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle this without paying vw more money for nothing????
I've had premature bulb burnout continually with this car. I've started replacing both when one burns out because I would replace one headlight and within a week or two the other one would go.
Both go out, daugher driving car at dusk. Not good. I alerted the NTSB.
We have a 2012 Jetta TDI that has had the headkamps burn out at least 4-5 times since we purchased the car. All we ever get from Volkswagon is a bulb replacement that we have to pay for when it seems there is clearly an issue with the car. Our commute weekly is two hours a day and often in inclement weather. The right thing for Volkswsgon to do would be to give free headlamp replacements whenever needed if they can't come up with a solution to the chronic headlamp problem that clearly many other owners are experiencing!!!
hAVE CHANGED 4 TIMES ALREADY
Headlight burnout low beam within 1week. the replacement bulbs state on package the the bulbs will last 185 hours. the highest intensity bulbs 100 hours.
I had headlight bulb burnout several times, I had my mechanic put a sealant on the top of the headlight and it seem to fix the problem.
2012 VW jetta SE. the low beams bulbs burn out every week or two. Using Sylania bulbs, no moisture is in the headlamp assembly, no finger oils get on the bulbs during installation. I'm assuming it's a wiring problem.
VW Jetta TDI. I have had both bulbs replaced 3x each, and now another has burned out. Seems they are thecheapest bulbs VW could find.
Have replace day lights 3 times and headlight once. Insist that your dealership change the bulb and only charge you for the bulb. It seems to be an on going problem with these cars.
Headlight bulbs blow out every other month.
My left fog light bulb melted itself to the connector, 15,000 miles later the right one did the same thing
both high beam headlights went out at same time
Car has 158,000 miles headlights replaced about 8 times. wifes 2012 58,0000 replaced twice