hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,891 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta lights problems

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 142016


  • 51,000 miles


Purchased 2012 VW Jetta new at local VW dealership. Currently has approx 51,000 miles on it. At around 29,000 miles ignition switch would not shut off while I was shopping-took to dealershipi and was told it was fixed- had just stuck. Less than a month later same thing happened. Dealership had the car for weeks-(this time they did provide loaner car). Most recent- prior to ignition problem currently occurring I had to have wiper motor replaced at my cost $600 plus dollars. I sat in waiting area of dealership that clearly stated we provide loaner car or shuttle service at time of your appt. Neither available on that day. I addressed this issue with service manager who was off that day. Received apologetic E-mail. Have had to replace headlight bulb and needs replaced again. Could this be an electrical issue" is this car even safe to drive my grandchildren in" I am not feelin comfortable with it. Presently as I am writing this my car has been running for 18 hours. Ignition stuck Friday eve- service dept not open on sat. When I called Friday eve basically I was told "get it over here somehow and we will take a look". presently weighing my options-needless to say I am extremely disappointed with the purchase of my first new VW. Previously had owned two used VW golf. Note: First time I was fortunately close to VW garage which is a 40 minute drive from my house-fortunate again this time that it's sitting in my driveway running until I can figure out a plan. Loved my VW-past tense. After going online I see other people have had this very experience with ignition. Seems it is going to be expensive. Very disappointed! my dealership is VW clarksburg, wv. Former star motor-1-304-623-7827. Shane leblond - "service manager"

- Philippi, WV, USA

problem #4

Oct 102014


  • miles
Driver side bulb keeps burning out. Was replaced by dealer with oem parts, but it keeps burning out every month. The daylight running light on the driver side does not work. They keep replacing it and it keeps burning out. I see many other Jetta's like mine with the same problem on the road.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 162016


  • 65,000 miles
My headlights keep burning out. I replaced them 4 times in the last two months! there is nothing wrong with the bulb harnesses. There was a point where both headlights burned out at the same time and I had no lights! I did research on this matter to find many Jetta owners are having the same issue these bulbs are not cheap to keep replacing them every couple of months, and the safety issue has to be considered here. I was parked thank god O noticed no lights before O drove. If where I lived was lit up I never would have noticed both my bulbs were burnt out!

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #2

Dec 152015


  • 77,456 miles
Driving home at night, both lowbeam headlights stopped working. The daytime running lamps still worked as did the high beams. I replaced one of the headlights with a new buld, and it still did not work

- Columbia Falls, MT, USA

problem #1

Nov 072015


  • 56,000 miles
Both of the low-beam headlights stopped working as I was driving home on a unlit highway at night. The daytime running lights worked when I turned off the headlights, and the high-beam headlights worked when I tried using them. The next morning I replaced both low-beam headlights and they still do not work.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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