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7.7

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,919 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta lights problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #18

May 092015

Jetta

  • 102,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta equipped with aftermarket spyder headlights, part number: 444vg06-hid-drl-bk. While driving 15 mph, the headlights failed to illuminate the roadway adequately enough to see at night. The failure recurred on a consistent basis. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Racho Domingez, CA, USA

problem #17

Feb 142008

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am leasing a 2006 VW Jetta since Jan. 2006. Ever since, periodically one of the daylight headlights (mostly the right light) does not turn off after turning off the motor. I then turn the motor back on, move the car and turn it off again. The light will then turn off. VW service is aware of this problem but could never detect anything wrong with it. 6 weeks ago, my brake light went out and the bulbs needed to be replaced. On Feb 3rd, the daylight headlights turned off while I was driving. It was very dangerous because toas had a snowstorm and the supporting headlights (smaller) were not sufficient enough. I called VW headquarters on 2-3 and explained what happened. I wanted VW to start a case on it, replaced the headlight bulbs and credit me for the brake light I replaced earlier, because I think that the lighting issue comes from one source. I made an appointment with VW service for 2-5, but had to reschedule for 2-12 due to a snowstorm. However, meanwhile the daylight headlights turned back on again (after two days of not functioning). I brought the car to have the lights checked and VW service was not able to find anything wrong, but started a case on it. Meanwhile, VW headquarter called and told me that there is nothing wrong with the car. Yesterday again, the lights did not turn off after parking, and I almost had it towed to the dealership just to prove that I am not making anything up! it is very frustrating to deal with such incompetent people at the dealership and VW headquarter. I am worried that my child and my safety is at stake.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #16

Jan 162006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The headlights aim too high and do not shine on the road. The vehicle was repaired for NHTSA campaign id number 07V442000 (exterior lighting:headlights); however, the failure still occurred after the cap was placed on the vehicle. The dealer stated that the lights met Volkswagen specifications. The failure mileage was 2 and current mileage was 36,877. Updated 3/18/08 the consumer stated dealer would not solve the problem. Updated 03/18/08

- Rossville , IN, USA

problem #15

Jul 172006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My VW dealer tells me that the high and low headlights cannot be adjusted separately on my 2006 Jetta. The low beams illuminate the road for about 100 feet and the high beams only illuminate the tree tops. I cannot see the road safely to drive with any combination. They have adjusted the beams several times and cannot fix it to a safe condition.

- Wabasha, MN, USA

problem #14

Apr 012006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the high beams were aimed too high. They shine upwards into the trees. The failure has been occurring since the vehicle was purchased. The dealer stated that they were unable to adjust the high and low beams. His vehicle is included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V442000 (exterior lighting:headlights); however, he is still experiencing the failure. The manufacturer has not offered any further assistance and the dealer never placed the adjuster cap on the head lamps. The engine size and VIN were unknown. The failure mileage was 6 and current mileage was 17,000.

- Mrytle Beach, SC, USA

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problem #13

Nov 012007

Jetta

  • miles
2006 VW Jetta recall on headlamp inspection/modification. Consumer states that the headlamps are now back where they were. Consumer also states that the high beams shine into the tree tops. The consumer stated the high beams were useless as they shined about 20 feet down the road. There was absolutely no illumination change looking down the road between the low beams and the high beams. The consumer had the headlights adjusted so that the high beams were effective, but then the low beams shined down very close to the front of the vehicle which did not provide illumination far enough down the road. Recall # 07V442000

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #12

Mar 042007

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The high beam headlamp assemblies on my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi are designed in a manner that I feel is extremely dangerous. The design of these headlamps is such that the high beams cannot be adjusted independently of the low beams. When the low beams are aimed correctly, the high beams are aimed far too high to be effective. This headlamp design could most definitely result in an accident and I do not understand how they are even consistent with the dot lighting code.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #11

Sep 222006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 5 miles
The headlights are defective. When low beams are properly adjusted the high beams are too high. So high that there is a black line between the top of the low bean cut off and the bottom of the high beam start.

- Wernersville, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 202006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I noticed high beams were very high right after I took delivery in Nov. 2005. Because, at the time, I did very little night driving, it didn't bother me. It wasn't until about October,2006, when I had some night local driving to do, that I noticed how the high-beams so nicely lit up my neighbors second story windows. I quickly learned to use 'low-beams only" in our development!!! I called ton bush motors in jacksonville to ask if they had found a cure for this problem. They said the service mgr said he thought he could take care of it. As I have been following these complaints for a while on the 'net, my first thought was "oh, sure." On 12/20/06, I left the car with the service people. Within 30 minutes they paged me, saying that it's all set. That night, I drove the car all thru' the development....... not a single case of second story lighting !!! and the low-beams give adequate coverage. I drove onto Florida A1A the next night South to St augustine, and had great visibility the whole way. I don't know what "tech 336" did, but my lights are now fine.

- Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 252006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
The high and low headlights are not capable of being adjusted independently. This is a safety concern because per manufacturer spec, the low beams are appropriately aimed, but the high beams illuminate only trees. If the headlights are adjusted so that the high beams are appropriately aimed, the low beams only illuminate a useless distance in front of the car.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #8

Nov 102006

Jetta

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The high beam headlamp assemblies on my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi cannot be adjusted properly and I feel this creates a dangerous situation. The design of these headlamps is such that the high beams cannot be adjusted independently of the low beams. When the low beams are aimed correctly, the high beams are aimed far too high to be effective. The dealer claims the headlights are adjusted properly however the Focus of the high beams it literally pointed up in the trees. This headlamp design could most definitely result in an accident.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #7

May 012006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 15 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph on normal road conditions the high beams were observed to be too high although the road was not illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined the adjustment could only be made to either for the low beams or the high beam. However, if the high beam was adjusted to the appropriate level, the low beam would become too low with the consequence of no road illumination. A second dealership was contacted who also was unable to repair the defect. The manufacturer was contacted and acknowledged the problem and promised to call back however the call was never received.

- Corbett, OR, USA

problem #6

Nov 072006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The high beam headlamp assemblies on my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi are designed in a manner that I feel is extremely dangerous. The design of these headlamps is such that the high beams cannot be adjusted independently of the low beams. When the low beams are aimed correctly, the high beams are aimed far too high to be effective. This headlamp design could most definitely result in an accident and I do not understand how they are even consistent with the dot lighting code.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 062006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68 miles
The headlamp assemblies on my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi are designed in a manner that I feel is extremely dangerous. When the low beams are aimed correctly, the high beams are aimed far too high to be effective. The design of these headlamps is such that the high beams cannot be adjusted independently of the low beams. This headlamp design could most definitely result in an accident.

- Port Angeles, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 062006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Registered prior to an accident: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta headlight system : the low beams and the high beams are not independently adjustable. While the low beams are normal to good quality while illuminating the roadway, the high beams are set too high. The high beams are not usable for night time driving in żżopen rangeż country. They do not illuminate anything on the roadway and are essentially useless. An estimate is at about 100 ft distance in front of the vehicle the center of the high beam is about 10 ft above the roadway. To see a person or animal on the roadway at a distance of 500 ft is impossible. The VW dealer said there is nothing that can be done to lower the high beam aim point. This is the only vehicle in 50 years of driving that I have had this problem with.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Nov 052006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The high beam headlamp assemblies on my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi are designed in a manner that I feel is extremely dangerous. The design of these headlamps is such that the high beams cannot be adjusted independently of the low beams. When the low beams are aimed correctly, the high beams are aimed far too high to be effective. This headlamp design could most definitely result in an accident and I do not understand how they are even consistent with the dot lighting code.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 152006

Jetta

  • miles
The standard (non-xenon) highbeams on 2005 and 2006 Jettas are defective. Due to a design flaw, they do not add any useful light to the road surface, but only illuminate the tops of trees. There is no separate adjustment for the highbeam; the high and low beams move as a unit. If you lower the highbeam to make it useful, the low beam becomes too low.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 092005

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,450 miles
During product evaluation, test drive and upon delivery of my new car, it did not include daytime running lights (drl). After initial service at 5,000 miles, the car suddenly included drl. The dealer explained that he was required by law to activate this feature. The implementation of this function does not include an override switch, nor does it include a darkness sensor that activates the main lights when it gets dark. Therefore, when driving the car as dusk approaches the road is illuminated by the drl, the instrument lights are on, and there is no ability to recognize that the actual lights (including tail lights) are not active. I am very concerned that this presents a significant safety hazard that could lead to rear-end collisions side-impact collisions after dark.

- Lafayette, CO, USA

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