One or Both Head Lights May Not Work on Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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: 59,031 (16,000–165,000)
10 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 55,000 mi,
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.
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 40,000 mi,
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.
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.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 47,000 mi,
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.
2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 30,000 mi,
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.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 39,000 mi,
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.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 54,000 mi,
Both go out, daugher driving car at dusk. Not good. I alerted the NTSB.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 60,000 mi,
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 approx 80,000 miles on my 2012 Jetta TDI. After about the 3rd pair of headlights I am determined to find out why these are burning out so fast. I just noticed today, that the sheet metal bulb interface to the plastic twist-lock had relative motion between it and the bulb. (This would probably allow the bulb to vibrate excessively, especially with the TDI rattling right next to it.) I removed the bulb then pried off the sheet metal piece and pinched the tabs that engage the plastic twist lock "bumps" and reinstalled it to the plastic twist lock and plugged the bulb back in. It seems to have tighten it up significantly...BUT time will tell.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 36,000 mi,
I am currently about to put my 5th set in the car. Had the originals burnout, sylvanias, two sets of putcos, and now unsure what to try. Dealer claims they have never heard of problem and suggest going to a set of OEM ones.....even though they burnt out after 3 months. Every time powder free gloves have been worn to remove old bulb and changed gloves to install new one.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 52,500 mi,
Have replaced 4 bulbs in two years. Hi beams still function.
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!!!
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 50,000 mi,
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.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 60,225 mi,
replaced bulb November 2015.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 64,200 mi,
Yellow Light bulb symbol illuminated, info panel cautions check right front main beam, then left rear light, then third brake light, eventually almost every bulb is mentioned and they are all blown. This will be my third trip to the dealer in two weeks, all with the exact same problem in the exact same sequence. So far replaced the headlight control module, all the blown bulbs, and brake light harness for the hatch and the LED third light assembly. Second visit had the battery replaced, the module, and the bulbs. The third trip was this morning, outcome unknown at this time.
Headlight bulbs blow out every other month.
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 65,000 mi,
My left fog light bulb melted itself to the connector, 15,000 miles later the right one did the same thing
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 60,000 mi,
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.