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Volkswagen Beetle Transmission Problems



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  • pkbeckpkbeck Posts: 1
    I dont know if my problem is transmission or what. I will be driving along and it is like the car dies and kicks back on. If I go below 40 mph it will die. I have replaced O2 sensor, fuel fliter and plugs and wires. Any suggestions? I just got the car a couple of months ago with no warranty.
  • My wife's 2005 beetle convertible has had any and every problem mentioned and then some, lights don't work, window issues (front and rear), valve body and now at 81,300 miles the transmission needs to be replaced. We had the valve body replaced under warranty 6 weeks ago and now the transmission goes out. I called VW's customer assistance after reading where they have agreed to pay for half of the replacement cost of the $5,400 repair only to be offered a $1,500 customer loyalty coupon towards the purchase of a new VW....Really. The regional case manager would not tell me why some repairs are covered and mine is not, he wouldn't give me his last name or his bosses name so I could take this higher. Well I am taking post #700's advice and writing the president of VW of America. I got your Customer Loyalty
  • ibejubugibejubug Posts: 5
    Thanks to post#700, we are all having multiple issues, let's hold the President of Volkswagon of America responsible for their HUGE mistake that we are all paying for. If you were a dedicated VW owner and fan like me until your Beetle with the bad tranny and all the other issues, send him a letter and let him know how you feel.
    Jonathan Browning, President, Volkswagon of Americas, 2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr., Herndon, VA 20171.
  • which ever comes first, i went to the dealer to have it fixed under warranty and they told me my "transmission pan was smashed" so they wouldnt be able to access the valve body which is BS because now my warranty has passed the 100k mark >:/
  • inettainetta Posts: 2
    Ever heard the saying everything that could go wrong....has gone wrong? That describes my beetle. my husband bought it for me, 18 months ago and I loved it. But We've had to replace the passenger window regulators, and the back window has now left the convertible top, AND the transmission is gone! Worst I'm still making payments!!! Volkswagen knows about the window problem and also know the transmissions are junk, but they won't do anything about it. It will cost over 2000 to repair the transmission and another 1,000 to repair the top. I don't want to give this lemon to anyone else. I don't know what to do!
  • I have a 2004 conv beetle and the transmission went out at 70,000 miles. I only had car for 3 months. Volkswagon dealers would not cover it. Got a loan for new one. Its been 4 months now and now need fuel enjector. I had tune up an oil change and new plugs etc. Every time I turn around, something new is needed. Never had so many expenses with one car B4. it never ends! Its been a nitemare!
  • Does anyone know if this beetle will b recalled? If I need to write somewhere - please let me know. I will.
  • All,

    After a year and a half with my problematic 2005 Beetle, I finally resolved my issues by unloading it and getting a Honda Fit. In all the Beetle has cost me roughly 5K in repairs. I know many of you having issues with what I believe is the worst engineered car that VW produced, can not just unload their Beetles, and I feel for you. The end result is that VW has earned a bad reputation and justly so. The repairs I experienced were the following all in under 14 months and under 85K miles. On the other hand all the Honda vehicles I own are still running strong.
    1) Window regulators
    2) Temperture sensor
    3) Cat converter
    4) Multiple malfunction sensors
    5) rough shifting
  • yes the worst car ever and the VW People will not accept responsibility for their poorly designed car! They need to be held responsible and compensate VW owners with these consistent problems. Since the engine shuts off whenever it feels like and the VW Dealerships cannot find out the problem, we are left to sell it also to some unsuspecting person. Do you want to drive a car that shuts its' engine off whenever it feels like it? Dangerous when it happens on the freeway. VW is waiting until someone gets injured or killed before they do something about it. They may get their wish. Window regulators malfunction, seat belt sensor doesn't work, shift console system needs to be replaced, etc. etc. etc. etc etc..........Can anyone say class action? Thanks for sharing your solution to your poorly made VW!
  • Your are one smart person! Congrats on doing some research and making the correct decision and steering away from VW! I wish I could have been like you and read about how horrible their VW New Beetle is but I didn't and not I am one of the many upset owners that want to have VW accept responsibility for their nightmare. I am happy to hear that this forum is causing VW to lose customers and $$$$!
  • I have the same problem with my 2005 conv beetle. I've only had it for 3 months, bought it used at 43,000 mi. It's insane... they told me the transmission intermittent gives an error and they have to replace it. It will cost me $5k!

    I'm so disappointed.
  • My wife has a 2003 New Beetle Diesel with automatic transmission. It has 64000 miles and the transmission went bad. A local, the best transmission mechanic around, did a complete rebuild on the transmission. When he checked the transmission he found a lot of metal shavings in the pan.

    I have talked with other Beetle owners that have had many problems. Some of them have paid out a lot of money for repairs.

    I am 77 years of age. In my lifetime I have purchased many autos and believe me the Beetle has give us much much more problems than any auto we have ever owned . We have paid out a lot of money on repairs.

    This is one of the many problems that was very aggravating - Two different times we could not get it to shift out of park. A certain switch went bad and the factory did take care of one of the switches.
  • I agree it was the worst vehicle Ive ever owned, The only things I can really recommend is to file a small claims lawsuit in your state and try to recoup some of your losses, but faulty transmissions are difficult to prove. Another is to crank up the bad publicity VW deserves for this vehicle model. If you have social network accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, etc let everybody in your circle know (Its does make a difference) and also send a link to VWOA (Volkswagen of America)every time you post negative comments on them.
  • I have been searching the web, and found a ton of people talking about the same issue with the 2004-5 New Beetles shifting issues between 1-3rd gears. I also searched the recall website (no recalls on this), but when I looked under complaints registered, only 1 was listed. It would be a good idea if everyone that had any issues with these year Beetles wee to post their complaints. It might just force a recall, and get money reimbursed to those who already paid. The link is:
  • I am constantly commenting on VW USA's facebook page. WHenever they bring up what a nice day it is and who is driving their convertible or now that they are promoting the mew "New Beetle"
  • You can post the VW Beetle complaints at this link at NHTSA's site (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):
  • I'm going to write to the President also and encourage all of you who own this piece of crap Beetle. Doubt it will do any good, but needs to be done anyway. Mine is a 2004, and not only did the transmission go at 75,000 miles but both back windows broke, the convertible doesn't go up or down anymore, and now front driver window is broken. Unreal. VW? Never ever again.
  • ibejubugibejubug Posts: 5
    edited September 2012
    Kevin Mayer, VP of Marketing for VW is starting a "Why VW" campaign. I think we should let him know "WHY NOT VW"!
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