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Volkswagen Beetle Premature Head Light Bulb Burnout and Bulb Harness Failure is Common

Volkswagen Beetle Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 68,649 mi (11,650 mi - 230,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 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


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  • , , 100,000 mi

    Seems like constantly replacing headlight bulbs

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  • , , 78,000 mi

    passenger lowbeam quit working, replaced bulb, still not working

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  • , , 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.

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  • both low beam headlights not working

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  • , , 64,000 mi

    headlight bulbs keep burning out Cheaply made plastic housings break at retainers and clips

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  • 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.

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    Had to replace whole light unit.

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  • , , 84,000 mi

    Right headlight now working. Put in a new bulb, checked fuses, still doesn't work. Maybe wiring?

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  • , , 19,500 mi

    I purchased my Beetle used. It had 19500 miles. I noticed that the passenger side light was dim. I had it it 3 different times and they said it was fine. Finally it went out all together and they ordered the whole assembly. When I went to have it installed they found a bad connection. I hope that is the end of the problem. I only have 30000 miles now and I am going in again because the glove compartment broke, the sound when I lock my car has stopped and the wheel cover is peeling. I am finding that Volkswagen is not what it used to be. I have had 3 other Volkswagen and never had these problems. I also had the alternator replaced right after I purchased the car. I am glad that I had the orginal warranty left and 2 more years from the dealer.

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