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Volkswagen Beetle Maintenance and Repair



  • I have a 1999 volkswagen beetle and every now and then the transmission shifts hard,i took it to a repair shop and he couldn't figure out whats wrong, i'm getting different opinions someone said i need a new transmission and then another person said i need to replace the circuit board does anyone know what i should do ? :confuse:
  • i have a 1999 volkswagen beetle and every now and then the brake light comes on and beeps but the emer. brake is all the way down can someone help me ?
  • mpfflyermpfflyer Posts: 2
    Bought my New Beetle (convertable)in 2006. Now, one year later and almost 10,000 miles the same thing has started to happen in my bug. The temperature light comes on red, beeps and flashes for about one minute and then it goes off. This happens just about daily. "NO Faults" were found at the dealship this they could do nothing. :/.....I'll keep you posted......
  • Thanks... let me know, and I'll let you know!! But I do LOVE my car!! :)
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 455
    Sometimes when you brake if the brake fluid is low it will illuminate the brake light. This sometimes happens more often when the brake pads are wearing low and the brake slave cylinders are more fully extended.

    So check the brake fluid, and check the brake pads. If that's not the case then you have a problem with your brake system.
  • pdoftpdoft Posts: 2
    I have a 99 New Beetle w/ a 5 speed manual transmission and a 2.0 engine (not a turbo). Approx 77,000 miles. I am seeing red fluid puddle beneath the car. Any ideas as to what it is? Does this car use red coolant? What other fluid does it use that is red? The source seems to be mid engine. The consistency of the fluid is mostly watery but as the water evaporates, what's left has a slightly oily feeling.

  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 455
    Red puddles beneath your car - That can't be good ! Maybe your car is bleeding to death and just want to be dramatic !

    It does sound like coolant to me. Power steering fluid feels more oily. The engine oil is brown or black. I don't know what color the manual transmission oil is but it will feel oily.

    Does it steam or smell like coolant when the engine is hot just after you have turned off the engine? Is the coolant overflow/recovery tank full ? Whatever you do don't let the car go without coolant. That's how you get stranded or burn up an engine.

    Check the hoses (radiator and heater hoses) and connections for leaks, (viually) check that the radiator doesn't have a pinhole leak.

    Is there a radiator cap that is leaking ?? (check that only when the engine is cold or you'll get badly burned).

    My bet would be on a hose or hose clamp or on a pinhole leak in the radiator.

    If you can't do these checks yourself get some professional help right away. Coolant leaks need your attention right away !
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    This is a great time for the standard reminder:

    DO NOT USE ANY ANTIFREEZE EXCEPT THE VW-spec (G12) PINK STUFF! There is nothing else that is compatable with it.

    You do not have to get it from a VW dealer....
    There are a couple companies that make G12 antifreeze.
  • my family has been buying VWs for over 25 years now, and we've ever model basically except the new beetles-anywhere between 1998-2007- They are the worst cars VW makes. Beetles and the 2000-2004 jettas are crazy massed produce so alot of stuff just over looked. i would suggest the Passats or golfs. I drive a 01Cabrio and love it. but the dont make those anymore. if your looking for a good convert. the eos is a really badass drive. if i were you i would seel the beetle and get a decent VW that will give you the full VW experience, VW owners should loves there cars they are incredible rides. :D
  • skylorddskylordd Posts: 2
    My daughter has a 2003 Beetle 2.0 with auto trans. When the a/c is switched on the car starts to shake. not a small vibration but it starts to shake. Any Ideas before I take it to the dealer $$$$$$$$$$. Had it to one repair shop and they checked it and said take it to the $$$$$$$$$$.
  • mbeck75mbeck75 Posts: 4
    I have a 2002 Beetle Turbo S that is doing the exact same thing and the VW dealership says they can find no problems with it. Is yours fixed? If so, what was the issue?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    I would be VERY surprised if this is the "exact same" problem. How can you compare a diesel engine to a gasoline engine?

    Also, I would be EVEN MORE surprised if you get an an answer in reference to a 2-year-old posting.

    Perhaps if you described the symptoms you are seeing with you 2002 NB (New Beetle) we may be able to offer some help.
  • cokidscokids Posts: 4
    I have read through this board to this point and am just livid! I own a 2000 turbo. It's the cutest little piece of crap you've ever seen. Should i call her "Lemonaida?"

    Can't list all the problems I've had with this little gem! Is there a way we can ban together and redress our grievances with this company? Is there a lawyer reading this board? Come on! This shouldn't be legal!! What give?
  • randirandi Posts: 10
    Try the pump. My pump literally disintegrated, which is why the temp light was going on. It took my guy 2 days to figure it out.
  • randirandi Posts: 10
    Cokids: that is so weird, I was just thinking about this over the weekend. It's not just the Beetles thouhg-the Jettas have the same problems. If there is a lawyer on the board, let us know if we have enough complaints to file a class action suit.
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 455
    My experience with class action lawsuits is that the lawyers get millions and the plaintiff class gets a coupon for a free oil change or something like that.

    In my opinion, class action lawsuits are for the benefit of the lawyers, not the plaintiffs.
  • Hello
    I had planned to buy a 2007 beetle hardtop, but the posts I have been reading have scared me to death!!

    I currently own a 1998 Civic, so massive electrical, check engine, etc, problems are new to me.

    Have all the issues from the earlier models been corrected in the 2007 model or should i stick with the Hondas?

    Love my Civic just thought the Beetles were so cute.

    many thanks in advance for any comments. :confuse:
  • randirandi Posts: 10
    Absolutely do NOT buy a Beetle. Not only have the issues NOT been fixed, but VW refuses to even acknowledge most of them. At this point, the resale value doesn't even cover replacing the airbags, so you're gonna end up buying another car either right before, or right after you pay off the damn thing. Keep your Civic!
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    HUH? - My daugher has a 2001 NB (New Beetle) and loves it. In fact, the scrapyards around here do not have ANY parts for NBs... they claim that the NBs are "such good cars that there are none in the scrapyards"

    (Before you ask... we were looking for foglight lense that the dealership wants over $100 for)

    I am curious, what kind of electrical issues are you refering to... I would like to keep an eye open for them on my daughters NB.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,837
    shoechick, this is a forum which is about maintenance issues for beetles, so of course you are reading about maintenance issues here.
    imho the primary issue with the 2007 beetle is that you can't get the 45 mpg diesel engine in 2007s!
    if you are interested in maximum reliability, you should probably consider only american or japanese nameplates, and avoid all the euro nameplates!
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