One or Both Head Lights May Not Work on Volkswagen Beetle

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: 68,021 (11,650–230,000)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
154 people reported this problem
99 people shared problem details
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 VW NEEDS TO COME CLEAN ON THEIR POOR DESIGN OR POOR QUALITY PARTS
passenger lowbeam quit working, replaced bulb, still not working
Seems like constantly replacing headlight bulbs
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.
both low beam headlights not working
headlight bulbs keep burning out Cheaply made plastic housings break at retainers and clips
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.
Had to replace whole light unit.
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.
Right headlight now working. Put in a new bulb, checked fuses, still doesn't work. Maybe wiring?
My left rear turn signal light failed to work a month ago. The indicator is that the turn signal was clicking fast. They fixed the socket. Next the right turn signal was not working. Friday they said it was a loose wire. That evening it stopped working. Today on Wednesday, they replaced the socket.
Both headlights will not work, bulbs replaced (very price), harness, even took to the dealership and they weren't able to dx.
headlight balb went out.
Headlight bracket and harness / plug stoped making good connection. Fixed then started again after hitting bump, jarged connection lose again. Removed bracket, looked it over, seen what i needed to TRIM off the bracket so the male would slide further into the female! Of course that done the trick! lol This happens to almost all beetles of this design!
Left headlight out.
Big Bulb Driver side blown
Head Lamp for running light burns out regularly
Replace the headlight
Frequently I change the bulbs about every 6 months.
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