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    Thread: MY low beams do not work wtf

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      03-30-2013 09:47 PM #1
      Well I guess it's already happening. My low beams don't work. I've checked the fuses. My high beams, running lights, fogs work... but not my low beams.

      I honestly don't even know where to begin. Any suggestions? Seems weird that both my low beems would go out.

      What really pisses me off is that I just bought the damn car and no one checked to see if the damn headlights work before they sold the car.
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      03-30-2013 10:14 PM #2
      If its the switch I have one for $15+ shipping got a euro and don't need it

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      03-30-2013 10:44 PM #3
      Thanks but I found out the issue
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      03-30-2013 10:51 PM #4
      Lol what was the problem

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      03-30-2013 11:16 PM #5
      Power surge killed the bulbs
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      03-31-2013 12:32 AM #6
      Lol you have factory headlights? Do the d2s conversion for factory HIDs

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      03-31-2013 12:36 AM #7
      I will research that I guess. I am not for sure about these headlights. I've got to find bulbs and there are HID and non HID bulbs for these headlights. Usually it's one or the other with most vehicles.

      Well I'm just going to stick with OEM setup. I don't want to fool around with HID's and back in 2008 I had crap luck with HID Kits.
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      03-31-2013 02:48 AM #8
      In the USA only the W8 Passat had factory HID, and it had different headlight housings. Putting HID capsules in the standard housings is an aftermarket mod. Two things I see here - people saying you've gotta install an HID kit, and people having trouble with them.

      Personally, if you keep the lenses polished, I think the standard headlights are entirely adequate.

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      03-31-2013 03:13 AM #9
      Yeah. I don't know about HID kits. My headlights are practically brand new and I am not really wanting to modify this vehicle a lot. I'm pretty strict on the whole OEM+ thing so I'll stick with the OEM H7 bulbs that I need

      Oh, and I meant to say also is I've had bad experiences with HID kits
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      03-31-2013 09:09 AM #10
      Have you spent more than 80 bucks on an HID kit? If not they are all crap and use digital ballasts. All the kits I sell are lifetime warranty on ballast and 2 year on bulb. Never flicker, dim, or discolor. Another reason I recommend hid is they are a more pure light at 5000k. And always look cleaner than a slight tint of yellow. He'll even my grandma mercury and grandpa's thunderbird rock HIDs
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      03-31-2013 06:38 PM #11
      Well I just swapped out bulbs and only one damn bulb works and it's not a bad bulb. Pretty ridiculous.

      Lets just say this car is under warranty still and I'm taking it back to the place I bought it and they better fix every damn thing that is wrong.
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      03-31-2013 08:25 PM #12
      Could it be a bad ballast
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      03-31-2013 08:47 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroLuvMk2 View Post
      Could it be a bad ballast
      ???? I thought you said you had stock headlights? No HID, no ballast. So it's not a bad ballast.

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      03-31-2013 08:52 PM #14
      Yeah stock headlights with no HIDs

      Whatever it is It's frustrating. In my opinion this should have been taken care of before the sold the car. Surely checking headlights functionality would be a test priority
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      03-31-2013 09:42 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroLuvMk2 View Post
      In my opinion this should have been taken care of before the sold the car. Surely checking headlights functionality would be a test priority
      The states I've lived in, the car has to meet state safety inspection to be sold. No headlights would seem to be a problem with that. Question - did you ever see the headlights work? Might not be their fault; when I bought my last Passat, the turn signals literally failed on the way home. Turned around and went back, they had them fixed in ten minutes.

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      03-31-2013 10:30 PM #16
      Yeah. I'm going to just remain calm (the best I can) and go down there tomorrow morning and hopefully they can fix it easily.
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      03-31-2013 11:42 PM #18
      55w 4300k and relay harness and your perfect!!!!

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      04-01-2013 02:19 AM #19
      Thanks.

      What's even better now is an interior trim piece broke
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      04-01-2013 08:47 AM #20
      Well, I'll be the first to say it....

      Shoulda looked at more cars... not fallen in love with one and should have listened to 90% of the forum...

      Not that I'm not saying it won't be an easy fix... but these are cars that are getting over a decade old, and little things always break, and there is always something to fiddle with... Hence why I personally thought the price was way high....

      Hope you get it sorted...
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      04-01-2013 08:55 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroLuvMk2 View Post
      What's even better now is an interior trim piece broke
      As long as it's not one of the wood parts, that's not a big deal. When I bought my 2000, six years ago, it was in apparently excellent condition, at a VW dealer, with a warranty - but as I got to know the car, I found all sorts of things that were broken or missing. Took me a year to realize there was supposed to be an insulating panel under the hood.

      Unless the owner dies or something, cars that are perfect and need nothing don't get offered for sale.

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      04-01-2013 11:17 AM #22
      ok here's what has happened. the coating on my headlight harness had some wear on it causing the wires to be exposed, wires were touching causing the bulbs to blow/ blown fuses.

      they are installing new harnesses. problem solved
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      04-01-2013 11:27 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by E CODE View Post
      Well, I'll be the first to say it....

      Shoulda looked at more cars... not fallen in love with one and should have listened to 90% of the forum...

      Not that I'm not saying it won't be an easy fix... but these are cars that are getting over a decade old, and little things always break, and there is always something to fiddle with... Hence why I personally thought the price was way high....

      Hope you get it sorted...

      I definitely understand where you are coming from. I've researched quite a bit and looked around in person and online and I've yet to find a Passat Wagon with under 100k in such incredible condition with all necessary maintainence completed. I don't know if its even possible to find a daily driven Passat in as good of condition as mine

      and I'm pretty sure I am the one that broke the inner clip on the interior piece :hide: but as you can see in the picture you can't really even tell. it doesn't sag or anything. there is a uniform gap around the piece. that's a really bad angle, I'm sure its not 100% but unless you really know that there is an issue you wouldn't be able to tell

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      04-01-2013 12:38 PM #24
      Kinda calls into question all the other 'work' that was 'done' doesn't it?
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      04-01-2013 12:43 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by E CODE View Post
      Kinda calls into question all the other 'work' that was 'done' doesn't it?
      I'm not sure I'd go that far. The seller was posting here about the car, and he seemed OK, if a little self-aggrandizing. Frayed insulation is easy to miss, even when frequently inspected by pros, as on commercial airliners. At least in this case, no one crashed (and they're fixing it).

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      04-01-2013 07:34 PM #26
      the car is such an amazing vehicle and the condition It's in is awesome.

      the issue is me lol. I am not a gentle giant and I tend to rough handle things without meaning too. that's why the interior clip got broken when I was checking the fuses.

      so the low beam harness touched wires together which is why the lows weren't working. so they are installing new headlight harnesses. they also told me about the axle needing to probably be replaced a second time all under warranty which I previously knew about after MF told me previously.

      am I frustrated? sure. not at MF Though. I believe MF Auto will fix everything under waranty

      Do I regret buying it? HELL NO. I LOVE IT
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      04-02-2013 12:01 PM #27
      My wife's car did the same thing. I thought it was from me because I was replacing a burnt out headlight with a new bulb, but the bulb burnt out right away. The problem happened again when I tried to replace it again. I checked, bought, and replaced fuses.

      I called my friend who works at the Volkswagen indy shop here in Columbus, and he told me that it's common for the headlight harness insulation to get brittle and crack off the wire. This occurs especially on the passenger side because of the heat from the turbo. My wife's car had one new headlight from the previous owner so it ruled out the problem on the one side.

      The headlight should be fairly easy to remove for a competent shop. I couldn't pop the harness all the way out of the headlight back without dismantling the headlight. I didn't want to do that so I popped the harness out, fished it through the headlight and was able to wrap the entire length of all 3 wires with separate electrical tape. I added dialectric grease when reassembling and everything came together fine.

      I haven't had the headlight blow-out issue since. It was a real nuisance for about a week.

      I'm 95% confident you'll have the same issue (wife's car has 140,000 miles).

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      04-02-2013 05:31 PM #28
      Yeah they said it'll be about a 2-3 hour job to replace the axle and head light harness. The guys at MF are VERY competent
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      Axle?
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      04-02-2013 08:27 PM #30
      Yeah. I knew when I bought the car that there was a slight pop on the axle front right. I took the car before it was fixed with the agreement that they insisted on replacing it. So it will be replaced tomorrow, I'll pick up my mats tomorrow as well, and get the new head light harnesses in.

      I'm glad the people I bought a car off of inspect and fix issues
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      04-05-2013 11:39 AM #31
      I was thinking the same thing... where'd the axle issue come from? I thought we were talking headlights.

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      04-05-2013 11:47 AM #32
      He mentioned it tangentially in a different, pre-purchase thread.

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      04-06-2013 10:14 AM #33
      yeah, everything has been taken care of
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