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Old 05-14-2016, 08:19 PM   #1
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Red stripe door light burned out.

Hello, this is my first post. I bought my 15 gti se about a month ago, one of my door stripe lights are burned out, has anyone else had to deal with this, how hard was it to change, and finally, where did you purchase the bulb from? Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:24 PM   #2
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Should be covered under warranty
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:29 PM   #3
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Thanks, it'll be going in for its 20k pretty soon, I'll address the issue with the dealer.
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:21 PM   #4
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If it appears that they are both burned out, are you sure it's not just a setting in your touch screen that dims them?

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Old 05-15-2016, 08:15 AM   #5
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I also have this issue on the driver side of my 15 GTI. I just haven't found time to go to the dealer yet
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:32 AM   #6
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They have to cut off the plastic weld clips on the back of the door trim, remove the strip which included the light/trim & place a new one in & plastic weld the new clips in place.
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Old 05-15-2016, 11:47 AM   #7
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In my case (on the 2015 GTI I got rid of due to numerous issues) they had to replace the entire door panel and use special adapters to connect the wiring as there was a changeover in the third-party door panel manufacturing process.
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Old 05-15-2016, 02:11 PM   #8
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When I got my 2015 the passenger side light was out. Turned out to just be unplugged from the factory.
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Old 05-15-2016, 03:57 PM   #9
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4speed, it only the drivers side that is burned out. Thanks for all of the replies. Just being unplugged would be the best possible scenario.
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:35 AM   #10
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They have to cut off the plastic weld clips on the back of the door trim, remove the strip which included the light/trim & place a new one in & plastic weld the new clips in place.
Wow, I guess they expected the light to outlast the warranty so they'd never have to deal with it.

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Old 05-16-2016, 02:59 AM   #11
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4speed, it only the drivers side that is burned out. Thanks for all of the replies. Just being unplugged would be the best possible scenario.
Oh boy, that doesn't sound good, sorry. I hope the dealer can fix her up for you without too much trouble. I'm always afraid to let the dealers touch things like that because I fear rattles and squeaks if they try to take short cuts.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:46 PM   #12
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Wow, I guess they expected the light to outlast the warranty so they'd never have to deal with it.

Forums are not making me like my car more, that's a fact.
Forum members are only a small portion of Golf/GTI/R owners out there, and people usually come to forums to post issues.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:19 PM   #13
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Forum members are only a small portion of Golf/GTI/R owners out there, and people usually come to forums to post issues.
Yeah I know that.

I said that not because the dumb bulb could burn out - they all do eventually - it's that when the stupid red light does burn out, it really can't be fixed without some hack job repair.

Yes I consider "plastic weld" a hack repair.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:27 PM   #14
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Yeah I know that.

I said that not because the dumb bulb could burn out - they all do eventually - it's that when the stupid red light does burn out, it really can't be fixed without some hack job repair.

Yes I consider "plastic weld" a hack repair.
I do agree in that aspect. With the longevity of LED bulbs, manufacturers take the chance of integrating everything and making it harder to repair.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:20 AM   #15
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Yes I consider "plastic weld" a hack repair.
Umm, they are plastic welded from the factory. In fact every door panel from every manufacturer probably has plastic welds from factory. I suggest buying a 1970's or earlier car if you consider it hack.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:18 PM   #16
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Umm, they are plastic welded from the factory. In fact every door panel from every manufacturer probably has plastic welds from factory.
Well there's plastic welds on a door panel that hold multiple pieces together never intended to come apart. Then there's the stupidity of plastic welding a bulb in place that is bound to fail and result in some Gomer working on your door panel with a soldering iron. In the absolute best case they run down to the local Harbor Freight and get a $10 kit to do it.

It's not the same thing, whether you want to realize it or not.

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I suggest buying a 1970's or earlier car if you consider it hack.
You seem angry for some reason. It's not my fault that VW pulled a bone-headed move with this design (among others).
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Old 05-18-2016, 01:25 AM   #17
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All forums are the same, I hope that this is not your first on ( different brands) anyways I've taken apart my door panel is actually not that bad once you see how it is welded, you can always get a whole new panel too, personal choice, the LED strip is not fool proof and there is always a chance that they could fail, is not a common issue.


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