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Volkswagen Beetle Body Work Problems



  • kempdogkempdog Posts: 2
    my wifes vw has the same problem with the rear window, it is almost ready to fall out. The dealership says it is not under warranty because this is not a mehanical problem. What happened with you ?
  • kempdogkempdog Posts: 2
    The rear window of our convertible is falling out (coming unglued ), while the car is still under warranty, the dealership says this is not a mechanical problem, so this is not covered. The dealership says we need to replace the whole roof for 3,000.00 Has any one had a dealership warrant the repair ? The list of other defects is long. A new transmission, fuel pump, 4 windows, the car is in the shop every three weeks or so.
  • My dealer ordered new/replacement clips for the rear window. The clips cost $10.00 and it took 10 minutes to install.....I hope this helps.
  • nitroboynitroboy Posts: 4
    I found a 2004 powder blue, black top with 16,000 miles for $19,000.00. Is this a good price and if so should I buy it? It sounds as if they have some issues.
  • junkvwjunkvw Posts: 1
    Hey kempdog.. did you find any solutions for the ungluing of your convertible top? the wife came home today and it had fallen into the trunk area... I can't seem to locate someone to repair them.. except a shady dealership in miami..
  • aspen001aspen001 Posts: 1
    i have a 2001 diesel but would love to have a convertible diesel, does anyone know if they make one, thank :)
  • bofigbofig Posts: 1
    I also have a 2003, Beetle convertible, perfect condition, garage kept since new, 19k miles, my window is coming loose from the material for no apparent reason. Customer service claims they have no problems in this area, then I went to this forum and finding all kinds of problems, the window is going to fall out. I Took it to dealer they didn't even look at it, they said you need a new top!!! can't fix it, not covered under warrantee, and your out of warrantee anyway, they aggravated the hell out of me! I'm not spending $2475, on new top, called insurance company, thinking that maybe some one tried to kick it in, they said put a claim in see what adjuster thinks, still a $500 deductible. This should fall under the lemon law but good luck with that its like fighting City Hall, Is there a manufacturer out there that stands behind their cars German engineering my butt!! They have to know about the fabric shrinking and pulling away from glass, how hard would it be to engineer that factor into the design, I will never buy a VW of any model. I'll figure out how to fix it myself.
  • moto7moto7 Posts: 13
    My wife really wants a new beetle conv. but after reviewing some of the problems mentioned here, I'm a little cautious. Most of the serious and common problems seem to be with the 2004's. Does anyone know if Volks has corrected any of the consistent engineering/mfg issues like the windows, etc. on the newer models (2007, 2008)??. Is there a blog or website that informs of VW problem addressing?
  • katyhykatyhy Posts: 13
    Yes, I was actually thinking of purchasing a 2008 but won't buy anything until I read the forums on edmunds first. I think the car is so cute but consumer reports shows that their reliability ranked well below average - after reading all of these posts, I can see why. Anyone out there with a 2008 that can give us some honest feedback?
  • rustyswimsrustyswims Posts: 1
    Well, I don't know about the 2008 models but I bought a new 2005 TDI Turbo Diesel 5 speed manual, 4 cylinder in April of 2005. The fuel mileage is excellent and have had little to no problems with this Beetle, a hardtop.

    The only problems I have had are; 1). The tail lights. The passenger went out first, then four months later the drivers and about 5 months later the passenger again. The problem is the dealership charged $54.00 each time. The service-person told me they charge $109.00 for the headlights. 2). In May 2008, an engine light came on indicating that something was wrong with the emmisions detector. My Beetle was still in warranty and the sensor was replaced w/o charge. I have yet to experience any of the problems mentioned in this forum or any of the others. Apparently some folks have had mucho problemos. I suppose one could say that I have been lucky. I know two other Beetle owners and neither has had the problems mentiond in this forum.

    If you make the decision to buy a Beetle, before you sign on the dotted line, tell the salesman you want the service manager to show you how to remove the tail and headlight assemblies so you can replace the bulb yourself if needed.

    I am hoping to give my Beetle to my daughter next year and get the convertible. I am not deterred by the problems expressed here. My concern is the mileage difference. I get up to 45 mpg on the highway and between 38 and 41 in city driving. My highway milage came about by setting the cruise to 65 mph on a 400 mile trip. In the city I drive very conservativly. The 2008 convertible comes with a 5 cylinder gasoline engine which is rated at 20 mpg in the city and some 29 to 30 on the highway, quite a drop for me. I'll have to see what the fuel situation is next year. But I must say, I am in love with the convertible and would not hesitate to buy one were it not for the mileage.
  • dnealdneal Posts: 1
    I just leased a 2008 SE about 3 months ago. I have 2000 miles on it. I also own a 2006 VW Passat and used to work for VW (2 years ago). Quite honestly, I would never buy a VW without having a warranty.... I would also get rid of the car once it was out of warranty.
    From what I have witnessed, you are really gambling with these vehicles. Don't get me wrong I love the fit and finish, the engineering, the styling, but when things go wrong they go wrong. Unfortunately, it is always expensive and if you are out of warranty you could be in real trouble. My passat has been a great car. No major issues. However, I have several friends and associates that have owned passats. Many have not been so lucky (endless check engine lights and other warnings). I like the passat and since I did work for VW, I was able to get a crazy deal on leasing the Beetle.
    The Beetle has been good so far... I did take it into the shop for some squeaking coming from the steering column when I turned the steering wheel from side to side. This is all I have experienced so far. As far as I am concerned as long as the car is repaired under warranty (no cost to me) and it doesn't leave me stranded than I am good.
  • bugdudebugdude Posts: 1
    Your problem with the window is not just related to vw beetles. all new convertibles went to the new one piece top with window built into it, all of them are falling out not just yours. The coast is higher because it has the defroster glass build into the top and it is a canvas top material. You may be able to get a Trim shop to regue it if it is not all the way out of the top. You may also get a replacement top for alot less money than the factory. Then I suggest you sell it as fast as you can the top not going up is just out of time and is not a big deal just takes a few minutes to reset.
    good luck
  • belaircarguybelaircarguy Posts: 107
    I just purchaed a 2008 Beetle Convertible - SE model. Got it mainly for my teenage daughters, and also wanted a convertible as I haven't had one for years. The car is great....lots of pep, good brakes, comfortable seats and fantastic stereo. I did look at blogs etc. for VW Beetles, and it appears most of the problems were on earlier models. More recent models seem to be pretty trouble free. VW's are also fun to drive, so always take that into consideration when purchasing a vehicle. Look forward to many years of VW fun ---- and the new ones have a 4 year / 50,000 mile warrenty, so should not be a concern for a long time.
  • This is my third VW Beetle, and only my first Beetle convertible. My first new beetle was a 99, what a horror! Everything you can think of from the first month I bought that car can and went wrong. Three transmissions replaced to defective paint, front wheels locked, smoke pouring out of the dashboard and vents, etc. I was able to finally turn in the car with more than 6 months left on the lease. Only after suing VW Of America and Three County VW in NJ. The dealership sold me a brand new car that was involved in a front end crash. I switched over to Gensinger VW for service. They also helped me with the deposition.

    In 2006, I had major issues with the power windows. VW people told me it was a change of climate from north to south. The extreme heat temperatures do effect a car more so than cold weather. Well, that me be the case, however the windows were still giving me a hassle when I moved back to the north east.

    Approximately, one month ago, the alternator went on my beetle. I had to be towed and that was replaced.

    Friday afternoon, I was driving on 95 South two hours from where I live and the battery light lit up. I naturally was concerned. I turned off the CD player and the air conditioner.

    I stopped for gasoline and left the engine on, which I never do. I proceeded on with my driving back on the highway. The speedometer was stuck on 15. The battery light was diming and flickering. Then the convertible light was flashing next to the clock. My car seemed as if I had to push it, it had no pep. The rest of the lights on the dashboard lit up. The seatbelt, oil, ABS and brake light all lit up at the same time.

    As I approached my destination the car speed was slowing down without stepping on the brake. My hazards wouldn't turn off, they were faintly flashing, the windows would just about roll down. The exhaust was making a humming sound and then you can hear it missing (timing was off), the exhaust system underneath the car was rattling, and there was a smell of rubber coming out from the hood of the car.

    I pulled off the road and into a seafood restaurant. This is where my beetle just stopped all together. However, the hazards were still slightly flashing.

    VW Roadside Assistance was horrible on Friday. The first time ever, I had a problem with them. I placed my call into them at 3:15 pm (EST), they didn't arrive until 6:30 pm. I was hoping that I could get my car towed to the VW dealership before they close at 6pm. NOT. Finally after my third request, they finally listened to me, because I was upset on the phone and they dispatched a new flat bed. Roadside Assistance gave me an excuse that the tow was called to an accident.

    I bought my beetle brand new and it only has approximately 33,600 miles. I heard that these cars are famous for electrical problems. I hope whatever is causing these issues, that they find a solution soon. Needless to say, VW people will not be able to look at my car until Monday.

    I was thinking that it may be the computer on the car or maybe the computer and the battery. Any ideas?
  • Is there any more information I need to know about the clips? I will go to a dealer today and request it. No one seems to think it can be glued back. I would love to be able to fix this problem for ten bucks!!
  • How do you reset? I am encouraged that this is not a big problem. I thought I was going to need to replace the top AND the mechanism at a quote of $8,000.

    I have had many beetles. The diesel 2002 was a true LEMON!! I spend as much on repairs as the car cost new! Now this problem with the 2004 convertible is very disheartening. I don't think I can afford to buy any more beetles or any VW product ever again. I also have a Toyota convertible and I have never had any problems with it.
  • have you had any experience re-installing the rear flap assembly (driver's side)? dropped the top last night, heard a crunch, before I knew it, the plastic backing w/ all the moving parts was toast ($110) along with the plastic ball end joints on the actuator rod that connect the flap to the motor (of course, you can't buy just the ball joints, had to replace the entire rod assy @ $50); if you have, is there an adjustment on this tiny "tie rod" I need to worry about? oh yeah, my rear window is falling out as well.....
  • I had both rear flap assemblies do exactly what yours did last year. I have an '03. Mine were going to cost $650 each to replace and of course the warranty had expired two months previous. I got in touch with VW and made the argument that these parts should have been better made and after much back & forth they replaced both flaps at N/C. About two months ago the rear passenger window stopped working and had to be replaced ($450). Now two weeks ago the top stopped going down all the way. The dealership charged me $55 to tell me that it needs further investigation and that either the left or the right motors that takes the top up and down need to be replaced. Maybe $700 plus. I'm sure both sides will need to be replaced as it's been my experience that left & right on everything needs to be replaced. I've been very disappointed in the so-called German engineering of this car. But my back window is still in place.
  • Thanks for the reply. It ended up not being a major ordeal; The hardest part was removing the body component from the flap assembly, but the flap assembly is held in place w/ 2 - 4mm head hex head set screws; the sliding cover (slightly forward of this flap assembly) had to be manually held back to access one of the screws, but, once the existing broken assembly was removed, the new assy slid right in and bolted up; I popped the body part back onto the flap assembly, installed the cam rod assembly, and it works like a champ. Still not happy about it breaking to begin with, but the wife really likes the car.......still need to address the rear window trim popping out...
  • It's nice to know that I don't have the only 2004 lemon. Everyone in my dealership knows who I am by name. Just discovered the window falling out the top. I am being told by a top shop that it has to be replaced because the pocket isn't deep enough to reglue and the shrinkage makes it impossible. Of course it is out of warranty. This just 'tops' the list of issues with this car. Every time something breaks I have to bring it back 3 to 4 times before they get it right. I have been through 3 head lights including wiring harness (but get told I don't have electrical problems even though the wiring harness' are burnt out), 3 batteries, 3 driver side door window regulators, the rods and clips in the top have broken multiple times (including the first week I had it). Then the icing on the cake, the last recall for the air bag sensors, I have to put in a claim to be paid back, because I already had to replace those. I love the idea of my bug and I do love to drive it, but I will not by another VW, I was just saying today, if this is German Engineering, they can keep it. I would rather have my 1981 Chevette back! :sick:
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