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Volkswagen Beetle Maintenance and Repair



  • Thinking of purchasing an 02 GLS. Anyone added a CD player or changer.
    About how much would that cost?
  • geneegenee Posts: 170
    In 2000 I bought a New Beetle to have a toy. It was one fun ride. Oh! I had problems with the widows, the seats wouldn't heat, and a couple of minor glitches; but they were all handled witht he warranty. I kept seeing the CR reports about bad brakes and electrical system and finding the car listed as one to avoid. Then a few months ago the car (with only 24K miles) left us stranded just four blocks from the local VW store. After getting it towed in the car started without a problem and preliminary readouts said things were fine. So, they took it into the shop to do a complete check. I was told that the instrument cluster module was the problem and it would be $380 for the part and probably a couple hours shop time. When I picked it up, I jokingly said, "Should I put a For Sale sign in it?" The reply was, "No comment." I told him I wouldn't quote him - oops! just did - and he elaborated by saying that history on these was that if the cluster module went it was soon followed by a rash of spendy (4 airbag sensors at $600 per, etc.) failures. So, I started shopping. Local dealers would not even take the car in on trade. My BEST offer was several hundred UNDER wholesale. "Since CR started listing them in the 'Cars to Avoid' column, we can't GIVE them away." I now drive a Toyota product. Oh! Since I couldn't sell the car, I gave it to charity.
  • In the first three weeks of ownership I have had 9 things go wrong with my wife's New Bug Convertible. The best thing, was the drivers side window falling down inside the door and breaking. I have duck tape and plastic stuck to the car to prevent the rain from ruining the interior.

    Has anyone ever known duck tape to stick to a canvas top? Well, I now know from experience that it doesn't, especially when convenient.

    Ugh. The PT Cabrio is starting to seem like the better choice.
  • This weekend didn't fare so well. Our covertible top will not go up so my wife had to drive 10 miles in the rain home so that I could put it up for her. An actuator on the passenger side doesn't seem to work causing it to bind.

    I smell lemons.
  • After having it back for one week, the convertible top will not close...again, the mechanism inside it warped the top structure 3 inches to the right and the driver's side window is still inoperable. Along with that, the gas gauge is still reading 1/4 tank less than what is in the tank.

    This is the worst quality piece of crap that I have ever come into contact with. I would have been better off buying a 10 year old kia from a wrecking yard.

    As a result, I am pursuing the lemon law buy back program.

  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Good luck with your buyback!!
  • Contacted VW yesterday and started the investigations. The operator I talked to said I was the 20th person she talked to that day that that wanted the same thing.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    VW should be embarrassed. I hope the new Jetta's and Passat's are built better.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    If you want a decent fun convertible, suggest buy a new Mazda Miata. You can get a new one for around $ 17.5K if you negotiate. And chances are it will run 250k miles without any major problem if maintained meticulously. The 1.8 liter DOHC engine is great. And the Miata is built in Japan, not in Mexico.
  • We inherited my father in law's 91 Special Edition in the original british racing green. Love the car and it only has 51,000 miles on it! It is number 1260 out of only 5000 that were ever produced.

    GET THIS, IT HAS NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT! Just 2 timing belts and regular maintence. Imagine that, a car that is trouble free.
  • Here we are...another week later and the peice of crap is still in the shop. Our first payment came in the mail. Funny thing is that of the first 45 days, we have had it in our garage for 11 days!

  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Delivery of your monthly payment bills will definitely be a lot more reliable than your car.

    I think that given all the convertible top problems in this car, VW should develop a manual top conversion kit, or at least there should be a way to open and close the top manually (is there?).

    You do not have to warn me not to buy this car. I have resisted any temptation to buy any VW vehicle for the past eighteen years. VW sold me a giant and expensive new lemon in 1986, never fixed it, insulted me repeatedly, lied to the arbitration board despite evidence presented by a certified Audi mechanic, and refused to repurchase the car. No more VWs. I have been a lot happier with Japanese cars.
  • and 3 days later, you can only listen to the radio in FULL VOLUME or off. The top works now but the driver's side window is still on the fritz. It clunks when you roll it down...or should I say when it decides to roll down.

    The best part is the service manager scolded me for having the loaner car for so long...until I pointed out that he forgot to tell me that my car was done.

    All the while I am waiting for VW to call with the lemon law status investigation to finish.
  • and they told me that if I want them to buy the car back, tough. They declined to buy the car back or replace it with another. They flat out said "we don't care, we will just fit the car under warranty."

    This means replacing the top, the radio and all of the power window mechanism. They will also need to replace the engine for the high pitched whining sound and now blue smoke that always comes from the tailpipe.

    In case anybody missed my earlier post...AVOID THIS CAR AT ALL COSTS!!!!
  • geneegenee Posts: 170
    I don't know how things are in Colorado but in Oregon you do NOT work with the dealer or corporation. You file your complaint with the Consumer Fraud division of the Department of Justice. You supply them documentation that you have tried to have a problem fixed three times and it still does not function and they do the rest. It seems that their letterhead has a bit more clout than a disgruntled customer. Check out your Department of Justice.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Go through your states lemon Law process and forget about the dealer!!
  • Recently purchased a 2002 GLS and there is a blue temp light that is on each time I start it. Is this normal? I would understand if the engine was cold on a cold morning but these October mornings in Georgia are far from cold.
  • geneegenee Posts: 170
    This is VW's form of the idiot light. The temp light is blue until operating temperature is achieved and will turn red if the engine is overheating. That is if it works. Remember Consumer Reports says avoid New Beetles because of bad electrical circuits. Just read the posts in this thead.
  • bad electrical, bad top, bad windows, bad fuel gauge, bad airbag warning lights, bad radio...
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    This is a sad record for a new car. I did not have this many problems with a used Yugo with 18K miles, which I bought in 1990 for $ 1700. (Drove it for a year and sold it for $ 1500).

    BTW, the people who built your car make about 1/10th of what their counterparts in Germany make. Not that the sticker prices reflect that...
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