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Volkswagen Beetle Transmission Problems



  • Original owner, started with hoses, then I had to replace Water Pump, timing belt, heat sensor, among other hoses....Car has been running rough. Sometimes so quiet I didnt even think it was running but as of lately its DRAMA! Feels like Ive been rear ended when it jerks! Recently did a transmission service that Obviously didnt help things. Only a matter of time before I have to park this car that has 72,000 miles on it, paid off and no warrenty! WOW This is my 3 VW in my lifetime, maybe my last. I did file a complaint with the NH..??? What is the difference in the class action lawsuit and what do I need to do to join in? I cant afford 6000.00 for a New Transmission that I hear from people on here doesnt last either!! Im so disappointed in this car!
  • I filed a complaint afew days ago with the National Hwy Transportation & Safety Admin.
    Maybe if we get enough complaints about this we can make VW pay for these repairs!!!!

    Here is the web site:


    Lets stop this unfairness!!
  • Just wondering if you filed a complaint, any word from them yet. I have also! Someone needs to do something about this!!
  • Did you file a complaint about this with the NHTSA?
    Web site : http:/

    What do you know about the class action lawsuit? Im feed up with this car that cant even make it to 100.000 miles without major repairs needed!! Thanks
  • I filed my complaint today. I agree... make sure you file a NHSTA complaint if you're having transmission problems with your Beetle!
  • I just purchased a convertible beetle and love it...50,000 miles...purchased it from Piedmont Honda Used cars in Anderson, SC suposely had a Palmetto Warranty... Their warranty is NOT ANY GOOD!!!! IT DOES NOT COVER ANYTHING!!!!! The day that I purchased my car we asked about the transmission looked at the car fax info.They had shown it was serviced but no problems..The saleman said.The Saleman is no longer at this site...Due to the service that we have received from this dealership...we have planned to go to Steve White in Greenville to have the transmission checked out. We have problems with it jerking and gearing down sometimes and like many of you have implied...very dangerous at intersections...I would like to join all of you in filing complaints ..I feel that our govenment should do a recall and replace these transmissions.... If this were an American company they would recall immediately and advertise it on the news.... It is a shame that this problem has not been corrected....The car could be the best car in the market place....Let us know what else we can do!!!
  • I have the same problem with my beetle that i purchased in 7/09.... Please let me know if the transmission sensor is your problem. My car does not act up all the time but definitely has a problem with the lurching and changing gears... from time to time.....thanks..khathcock
  • Hi khathcock, Please file a complaint with the National Transportation so that we can join together and FORCE them to recall this Garbage!! Im so mad! Look at previous posts to see the web site. You will need your VIN number on your car to input that too. Thanks for your help!
  • I have not driven my car in almost 2 months: it has been to a vw dealer - looks like the sensors need replacement - quess what - after fixing them, they realized it was nto the problem - $800 + - I got them to go half with me - it is the transmision!!! oh what a surprize...the car is now at a Aamco garage....very knowledgeable and has 88,000 miles...this is a recall problem. I have spoken with VW Northamerica - not helpful, however did get a call back from a different department - woman said make sure to save all reciepts! VW says $6,000+ for the transmission - Aamco it will be $4000....I find it interesting that they have just taken in an identical car to mine with the same problem!!! I would like to join in the class action suit if that is still happening. I will also email the transportation department; and the attorney general's office in the state of NH. I cannot afford this cost and can't even trade the car in!!! My expectation is that VW will recall all of these cars and will take care of the problem. good luck to all us,
  • Hi Krissy,
    I saw your posting on your bug and was wondering what ever came of the transmission problem/repair. Did you see someone on here talking about a Transmillion Control Module in the dash being replaced to fix the problem? We have filed a complaint with the National Transportation in hopes of a recall. You should also. Thanks
  • We love the beetle....and this problem is not everytime actually you never know when it will do this...It is very scarey...and definitely a serious situation could arrive from this. Especially in intersections... I will be registering it on line later today..... If you find someone that really knows how to work on them...we want to know...thanks, katherine
  • In June '09 my 2003 VW Beetle convertible with only 64,000 miles on it has been sitting idle since. SOMETHING let loose inside the manual tranny and tore a 3/4" by 2" hole through my bell housing. I am a very conscientious car owner. I bother my husband with all of the noises I hear and closely monitor fluid levels, etc. I have been driving a stick since I learned to it's not me! I am furious. I waited nearly 20 years to finally get a bug convertible and it ends like this!! I have also had the same problems with windows, headlights, turn signals, etc. All of which were denied warranty first!! But this transmission thing is killing us. We bought the car used and are still paying on this POS that doesn't run. Can't afford transmission job or new vehicle. We are lucky to have nice parents who can loan us a vehicle, but it still SUCKS! I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER VW! I will be registering a complaint with the NHTSA today! :lemon:
  • I am thankful you found this site and noticed what a Real Problem this is! We are all very frustrated by this. I just recieved a notice from VW today about a Voluntary Emissions Service Action 28F3/p1 Ignition Coil Inspectio/Replacement. So check your mail. As soon as parts come in they will be fixing these. If you already paid to fix this issue there is a reimbursement claim form to fill out. Hopefully with any luck we will Prevail and they will redo this wrong doing!! Im going to be parking mine soon. Sad I cant even trust it to go 2 hours away to the beach for fear I wont make it. Do file your complaint today! Thank you also, Shaunna
  • I went on their web site today and noticed you can see the people who have filed complaints about these same issues. I did not see mine up there as of yet, maybe they havent got it done yet....Gives you a better idea of how crappy this transmission problem is.
  • I have a 2003 VW New Beetle (77,000 mi.) with the same transmission issues described by folks in this Forum; violent banging into gear when shifting with engine revving between gears while vehicle is in motion. I just filed a complaint with NHTSA and pleaded with them to force VW to have a Recall on this dangerous vehicle component before someone is killed; it WILL happen !!
  • There is many problems with these and I am glad to see you filed a complaint as well. I think the value of the car that I bought for 26,000 in 2002 is about the cost of the transmission! Doesnt even make paying to fix it worth the money! This site has been awesome for communicating this problem. However I plan to make flyers and post on other beetle owners in my town! We have to get this taken care of! People need to be aware that their not alone. There is also the plastic water pump part that they installed that is no good, breaking apart. Now they have metal ones. How come that isnt being replaced free of charge? How about the peeling interior on the doors, dash etc....Wow I am so disappointed in the car I grew up loving as a kid!!
  • What a wife's 03 Beetle is doing the same thing. I am just really overwelmed, I see people are getting quotes in the thousands of dollars, all having the same problem. I filled out the complaint form too. I was going to take it to the dealer today but what is the point...4 to 6k. Finally just paid off this thing. what a real POS.
  • I have also posted a complaint, but I have went as far as to contact local television news stations. I live in Georgia and I thought by contacting the Chattanooga stations that it might raise an eyebrow since VW is opening a new plant there. Also contacted 11 Alive news in Atlanta. No such luck on anyone returning calls. This is really becoming an issue. My car is starting to do this everyday about 15 miles of driving it. I am so fearful of this car that I feel like I can't drive it very far. I have to travel for work and also drive round trip of 60 mile a day to and from work. I have also had the same problems with the door handles peeling, the cupholder in the back broke the first time my daughter tired to use it, and the window regulators. I have just had another window break on the back driver side (my car is a convertable). This is getting out of hand!!! We all need help and quick! :cry: :lemon:
  • I am the second owner of a 2005 convertible beetle turbo. So, of course no warranties transfer over. When I bought the car it was on a lease and very well taken care of. It came with every annual check up and I was in love with it! About 4 months of driving it to and from work I noticed a slight slip with the transmission. Then the blue light sensor went off. I took it to the VW dealership. They said it was a water pump problem. It cost an arm and a leg to fix but it did nothing for the slip in the transmission! The problem continues to get worse to the point that I no longer drive it further than a few miles. The car has begun jolting between shifts and takes seconds to switch gears. However just a few days ago the car will no longer go into reverse at all! It is parked and no longer driveable! I do not have the $ for a new transmission and am wondering if it's even worth it!? The car is only 4 years old!!!!!! If anyone has any suggestions I am desperate!!! I'm gonna try aamco... wish me luck! I'm gonna need it VW sux! :mad:
  • Ok - I read all of these responses before I took my car in, so I was prepared for the worst. Still hoped it was simple.....but NOT. $6,800 for a new transmission. My baby has 80,000 miles on him. Sadly, I love this car. I find myself considering $6,800 for a transmission. LOL However, I will search out independent shops tomorrow to see if I can find a better deal. My tech at VW assures me they will never recall them because it would bankrupt VW to deal with it. He's probably right. None the less, I am keeping my receipts in hopes that one day Santa will show up at my door with a recall notice. :cry:

    I know I'm just a girl and everything, but shouldn't you get more than 80,000 miles out of a transmission? Huh? Just seems wrong.......
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