definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,800 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle lights problems

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 272002


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle. While driving various speeds at night, the headlights and tail lights failed to work intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 152010


  • miles
Serious electrical long term quality issues, starting with under hood wiring for glow plugs melted away, air bag/seat belt wiring broke/failed, seat heater failed, passenger door switch failed, turn signal bulb holder failed, repeated head lamp and tail light failures, alternator pulley clutch failed(exploded) factory alarm problems - just sets off, air back light on dash on, service engine light on.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #3

Aug 252002


  • 60,000 miles
Each time I select the turn signal it now blinks a couple times and then stops working. The hazard lights work fine.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Mar 112008


  • 42,000 miles
I own two of the VW new Beetles. One is 2002 and the other is 2003. Both of them have trouble with the taillight/stoplight and turn signals not working due to a defective contact design in the bulb socket. In order to fix the problem you have to take the assembly out and bend the contact to put more spring in them which puts more pressure against the bulb. This may fix the problem for a time ( 1 to 60 days) then the problem reverts. All parts are oem equipment. I have contacted VW about this and there is not a recall. I would think that turn signals and tail lights would be considered a safety issue. I know I am not the only person to have this problem. I am concerned about my families safety and don't understand why a mandatory recall has not been issued.

- Goddard, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 252002

(reported on)


  • miles
When following this vehicle in bright sun it is impossible to see the brake lights or the turn signal lights on the back of the vehicle. The sun just washes then out. They need to be mounted vertically and not on a slope as they are now.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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