Headlights off at night

Islander

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I live in the Seattle region, on Whidbey Island, and car ferries are a routine part of my driving. It’s expected that drivers enter and exit ferries with their lights off, even at night. I cannot figure out how to turn off my headlights at night and keep them off. I’ve tried switching my headlights out of Auto mode and then turning the lights off, but that doesn’t seem to work for very long. The car simply reverts to its normal Auto headlight settings after a short time. From my quick look at the owners manual, this seems to be by design.

I’ve had the car for a bit more than a week, and today was my first day venturing out on the ferries, so maybe there’s something obvious I’m missing. I hope so!

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I live in the Seattle region, on Whidbey Island, and car ferries are a routine part of my driving. It’s expected that drivers enter and exit ferries with their lights off, even at night. I cannot figure out how to turn off my headlights at night and keep them off. I’ve tried switching my headlights out of Auto mode and then turning the lights off, but that doesn’t seem to work for very long. The car simply reverts to its normal Auto headlight settings after a short time. From my quick look at the owners manual, this seems to be by design.

I’ve had the car for a bit more than a week, and today was my first day venturing out on the ferries, so maybe there’s something obvious I’m missing. I hope so!

Mike02828

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eranschau

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I live in the Seattle region, on Whidbey Island, and car ferries are a routine part of my driving. It’s expected that drivers enter and exit ferries with their lights off, even at night. I cannot figure out how to turn off my headlights at night and keep them off. I’ve tried switching my headlights out of Auto mode and then turning the lights off, but that doesn’t seem to work for very long. The car simply reverts to its normal Auto headlight settings after a short time. From my quick look at the owners manual, this seems to be by design.

I’ve had the car for a bit more than a week, and today was my first day venturing out on the ferries, so maybe there’s something obvious I’m missing. I hope so!

Islander

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Islander

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Islander

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I did a test drive at dusk on a private road, so I could experiment with different techniques to turn off the headlights at night. I used the MODE light switch to turn the lights off and drove no faster than 4 MPH. After driving a short distance, AUTO switches itself on and the low beams come on. You cannot turn the low beams back off at that point without stopping the car, putting it in PARK and switching off the «ignition»—so it won’t work to repeatedly turn the low beams off after they turn themselves on.

I tried this experiment again, only this time I turned on just the parking lights. Same result, the low beams will switch on after a short distance no matter how slowly you drive. And while this is the result you’d probably expect, the Owner’s Manual kind of hints that the car might allow itself to be driven slowly at night over a long distance so long as you don’t exceed 5 MPH.

I thought I might be able to fool the ID.4 into keeping the low beams off if I tried this same experiment while shining a bright light at the back of the rear view mirror (where I THINK the car’s sensor is located that determines whether it’s dark outside). But the car is smarter than I am, I guess, because it still switched on the low beams no matter where I aimed the light at the rear view mirror back.

I have a complaint into VW customer care, and we’ll see where that goes. If they can’t help, the only solution I can imagine is to put switches on the two fuses that control the headlights. I don’t much like that idea, but I also don’t look forward to three years of driving onto local ferries at night with my lights on.