pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,500 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

lights problem

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 112016


  • miles


Low beams on both sides constantly fail. Have replaced bulbs with many different brands. Failure occurs around every 6 months, go figure. Mechanic stated to replace housing unit would cost between $600 to $800.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Feb 102014

Passat 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I took the vehicle in to have the headlight repaired. Both had stopped working over the weekend due to the insulation becoming brittle and breaking off of both wires to the plug that holds the light bulb. The wires were shorting out preventing the headlights from working. I made a temporary fix by applying electrical tape to the wires that allowed the lights to work. The car has about 120000 miles on it. The service people at West houston VW, [xxx], indicated this is a fairly common problem and the entire headlight assembly will need to be replaced at a cost of about $ 800. I see this as a defect with the wires used for the assembly. I checked on-line and there are numerous reports of problems with the 2006 Passat headlights failing. I contacted VW customer care for assistance and was denied any assistance due to the age of the car and the mileage. They also indicated there was no recall or service alert on the problem. I find this hard to believe since the staff at West houston VW knew exactly what the problem was once we described it to them. It seemed to be a fairly common problem that they have seen with the headlights failing. This is a serious safety issue both from the lack of lights and the possibility of an electrical short that could cause a fire. I have worked for a wire manufacturer and the insulation does not just become brittle and fall off of the wire. There is a manufacturing defect with the insulation on the wire. VW needs to address this issue and issue a safety recall to repair/replace the defective wiring. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 012006


  • miles
Headlight system continuously fails. Has been repaired over five times.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #1

May 202008

Passat 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
I purchased a brand new VW Passat in January 2007. Since then I had to have the hid headlights fixed under warranty three times. In the last week I have now had the drivers headlight and the passenger head light burn out. Thus I have no headlights on vehicle that is less than two years old and has approximately 18,000 miles on it. This is my wife's car and she is almost legally blind in one eye. In my opinion the constant headlight failures (especially both in a two week time frame) represents a serious safety concern. I appreciate you investigation and feedback.

- Northville, MI, USA

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