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Volkswagen Beetle Engine Problems



  • bc43bc43 Posts: 6
    Has anyone else had problems where the gas door won't release? Ours finally got stuck permanently. Mechanic showed us a release wire we can pull, from inside the trunk. I'm not the incredible hulk but I'm not all that weak either and it's almost impossible. My wife tried once and gave up. Now we just leave it closed but not pushed closed so it latches. Lots of little problems like this but this is the latest.
  • Did you ever figure out the problem with this? my gas 98 beetle finally will crank after the shot of starting fluid in the air cleaner, but whenever i put it in third or basically get above 30 it has a heavyloss of power and feels like it automatically shifts down to 2nd... now this is a manual car, and thoughts? Some kind of electrical components inside gone bad? :confuse:
  • I have a 2006 covertible beetle and I've been having the same issue off and on for almost a year. I keep taking it to the dealer and it seems like the problem hasn't been resolved. Was your issue fixed? I love my car but this problem is scary. Any info you could share would be great. Thanks!
  • I have a hessing noise coming from the motor and the brake pedal is hard to push.
    I know it must be a vaccum leak .There is a small can like item around all the vaccum lines ,could that be leaking or bad? what is that part?Thanks
  • The issue was never formally identified, but my check engine light went on a couple months ago and the car started acting up even worse, so my oxygen sensor was replaced under the suspicion that it turned on the light, and I haven't had any problems since then! The dealer did say that sometimes a faulty oxygen sensor can result in minor lagging of the car, so I'm assuming this was the cause of my problem, even though the dealer was not aware of any case as drastic as mine.
  • I just had a similar problem with a 2003 New Beetle Turbo with only 42,000 miles on it. I haven't gotten in back yet but it's going to cost about $7000. Did you have any luck with VW on you issue?
  • I have a 2003 new beetle convertible and whenever it gets to be under 40 degrees it gives me a hard time starting. Has anyone seen this before? and If so any advice. Please please I need my car to work.
  • I push the pedal and it bucks at idel speed, out of gear it will not increase rpm. stalls like no gas,but contunes to idel normal.
    after complete worm up, works normal.
  • Me and my wife just tried going to church and we didn't even get halfway down the street when the car started shaking. It doesn't have a full tank of gas, and we were going at fairly low rpm when it was doing it. We parked it for a bit to decide what to do, and when I drove it back to our house, I went a bit faster to get the rpm going, and it basically stopped. Also, the check engine light is on, and came on RIGHT when the shuddering happened. Any ideas?
  • vwgirl92vwgirl92 Posts: 1
    I just replaced my Radiator, Mass Air Flow Sensor, and Auxiliary Fan Control Unit on my 2002 VW Beetle TDI, when we put everything back together and drove it was fine for about 3 miles then it started "jumping" when I accelerated. I don't know if it was something we did when working on it or if it is something new. Any idea what could be happening?
  • slloydslloyd Posts: 1
    My beetle is a 2.0ltr petrol and the engine light cameon so i booked it in the garage and the computer found that the lamard sensor was faulty,I left the car and the job was done then the garae phoned me to collect the car,when i collected the car the car would not rev little smoke was coming out the car is just a mess now hard to drive as when you press the accelarator pedal the car will not rev just sounds flat with the odd back fire but if you rev the car very slowly the car revs perfectly with no problem its just when you rev as normal it does not like it,the garage asked me too take the car a hey had no room to store it so now i need HELP !!! :confuse:
  • My daughter owns a 2003 VW Beetle Turbo. After the car is sitting in the sun for several hours and gets hot, when she shuts the engine off there is a grinding noise. The battery and starter were just replaced. Any clues?
  • kssdkssd Posts: 2
    I am having the same problem . The car was bought in Arizona and now lives in Colorado. When it gets under 30 degrees it does not start (it starts and dies ) I have had the imobilizing sesor replaced but it is still doing it, did you ever find a solution to your hard starting problem?
  • I have a 2001 beetle have the same diagnosis by several mechanics they say it's the radio had stereo shop check it out said no way radio is hooked up properly check engine light been on for over a year can't get car smogged because of it could it be the gas cap. When a couple of mechanics tried to find the code there machines blew up could it be the gas cap or something else
  • how do you get the check engine light off after doing all these repairs . Is it possible to disconnect the battery cable by leaving it off for a period and hope it resets itself can that be done?
  • hrumlandhrumland Posts: 1
    For a year or two, the check engine light has come on and the VW shop's computer indicated a faulty or blocked mass-flow sensor which I have solved with MFS spray. Ironically, it had a beetle on the sensor screen. This fixed the problem for a while until my car was hit in the right rear fender. This turned on the engine light because it broke the carbon cylinder of the emission control system which had to be replaced ($500)!
    If your check engine light stays on and the shop has checked/cleaned replaced the mass-flow sensor and/or the oxygen sensor, have them check the carbon cylinder, it may be cracked, thus affecting the vacuum.
    Good luck
  • muncymuncy Posts: 10
    my 1999 vw will start and run great for around 30 mins then stall need to wait 20 mins till it starts, got codes said problem in my evap emission control sys malfunction, any help please
  • mdove0829mdove0829 Posts: 1
    I need help trying to figure out what my cars problem is. I've only owned this car for 2 months now and I'm having a lot of problems out of it.
    1. After running the car lower than I normally do on gas, the gas light comes on and I go to the gas station to put gas in it, and now it won't start for a few minutes. It takes like 5 minutes to start. It cranks but won't start.
    2. After I cut it on and off so many times, like if I have a couple errends to do in town it takes like ten minutes for it to start back up. Again it cranks but won't start.
    It's like it gets too hot but my tempature gauge doesn't show anything on it. It doesn't blink red or anything to let me know it's overheating.
    I have a few codes that come up on the computer that diagnosed it, egr valve, turbo coolant malfuntion, o2 sensor bank 1 running to lean. I've replaced the o2 sensor and it's still saying it's running to lean.
    Please I need help and ideas for how to get my car running right
  • belaircarguybelaircarguy Posts: 107
    I see your engine is a turbo. Those do run hotter than a non turbo engine. I have been told that if you just idle the engine for perhaps 30 seconds before you turn off the motor, it will help cool off the engine somewhat and will lead to a longer turbo and engine life. You might want to give it a try, as it sounds like you car is starved for gas and to cool down before it will start again. The gas may be evaporating as the engine is hot.

    Bel Air Car Guy
  • hans15hans15 Posts: 1
    We have a 1999 VW Beetle that we bought used with 17k miles, it now has over 200k and runs great. We buy gas and tires in addition to regular service. The Beetle is a great car.
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