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Volkswagen Beetle Maintenance and Repair



  • pepahpepah Posts: 4
    So, if I understand you correctly I don't have to give a local dealer $140 to program a new remote? What is the % of probability that this works? Thank you for any help you can send my way, I appreciate.
  • So, do any of us know how to fix the bushings, dashboard warning lights, etc? I have about 45,000 miles and have many of the same problems. I have that awful squeak rear passenger side. The hatch-open light is always lit, and the wipers go back and forth a few times and then stop in the middle of the windshield. If you know how to change the headlight bulb yourself, please share; I have had this problem too. Thanks!

    If you ever find a solution to this, PLEASE let me know...I live in South Texas and we are a flood-danger zone, especially with the summer coming up. When it rains here, it rains HEAVY --I'm always stuck wherever I am because the wipers will randomly stop working & I feel it's completely unsafe to drive when you can no longer see the road! Any help is appreciated, thanks:)
  • I have no major problems with my 2003 Beetle (knock on wood), but I am thoroughly annoyed that it is almost monthly that a piece of my car will break off or stop working altogether. The gas lid no longer opens with the little switch-button thing, the handle to the glove box fell off, my console lid comes off when I brake too quickly ("emergency braking"), my left headlight actually falls out gradually and it points to the SIDE, my check engine light is on even after we took it to the dealer to get fixed, the catalytic converter had to be fixed, and there is this EXTREMELY annoying, completely at random clicking noise. It just started a few weeks ago, but it is SO annoying! It sounds like the blinker, but it's almost like it joins in on songs and clicks along with the beat of them. Help on anything? Anyone? :sick:
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    The archives have all the answers to your questions. Please use search to find answers.
  • I own a 2002 VW Beetle

    #1 cool engine light always comes on NO MATTER WHAT when i turn on the engine. Even if i drove it for a while turned it off then turned it back on. Usually goes off within a couple miles. I don't know why this does that.

    #2 Just today I turned it on after driving it to the store and while in park with the emergency brake on the car feels like it is shaking right beneath my feel. It has never done this before. So i turned it off and turned it back on same thing. One hour later same thing. Its mainly while i am at a complete stop or when in park. What could this be?

    I have an automatic, and when i put it in reverse, fully brake, then shift into drive it and let off the brake it lags... it goes back still even when not on a hill. then goes into drive its really weird and only does it sometimes. Anyone else have this problem with the automatic.

    please help. This is my first car, i am a teenager and i don't want to have to take it in to have something fixed when it really doesn't need to be. Because everyone knows how mechanics are... they WILL find something wrong with your car while you are in there and make you pay.

    I bought this car about 1 month ago used with all the records and it only has 37,000 miles on it.

    I would appreciate any feedback.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL!! (or download one)

    The cool engine (blue) light is SUPPOSED to be on until the engine warms up. This is because the NB (New Beetle) does not have a temparature-guage to show you that the engine is sill not warmed up.

    Everyone knows not to drive hard with a cold engine... this is why VW has the blue indicator when the engine is not warmed up. Drive the engine gently when it is not warmed up so it lasts longer.

    The "shaking" issue you describe sounds like ignition problem. (has it been raining when this happened?) Since VW offers 3 different engines in the NB, I cannot give you any further details at this juncture.
  • snoopaloopsnoopaloop Posts: 1

    Don't worry about the car rolling back when you put it into drive. I had a 1998 beetle that did the same thing for all 5 yrs I had it. I now have a 2003 beetle and it does the same stinking thing. THe most aggravating part is waiting for it to pop into gear so I can take off. Usually I keep tapping the breaks until it gets into gear. This will help you to not hit anything that might be close behind you. I also believe that it helps the car to get into gear quicker, but I'm suspicious that this soluition may be more pyschosomatic :)
  • I have had my 2005 New Beetle for 2 years. About a week after I drove it my headlights burned out starting with the left then right. This went on for over 6 months. My ABS light comes on all the time and the air bag sensor has been on for 6 months. I live in Salisbury NC and need to find an authorized service center. I cannot afford to give the VW dealership $50.00 just to keep changing headlights. The ABS sensor and the airbag sensor will cost me $1000.00 to have corrected by the VW dealer. Now my rear turn signal is out and can't even imagine what they will charge to do that. I have tried to find a service place by zip code but I am not having any luck.
  • jawimesjrjawimesjr Posts: 1
    The same thing just happened to me, I was wondering if you had any information on what it cost to fix it.

    Or if anyone has any information, I don't have my keyless entry remote and both of my locks are simply spinning when I try unlock the doors. I finally unlocked the driver's side door but the alarm was still engaged. Any information would be great.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    $50 to replace a headlight!!! OUTRAGEOUS!! I spend $50 to replace brake-pads in my driveway.

    The headlight bulbs are less than $8 at WallyMart. There is step-by-step instructions how to replace NB headlight bulb on the web.

    1) open hood
    2) flip release lever that holds assembly in place
    3) slide headlight assembly out thru front of car
    4) replace bulb
    5) reverse process to install.

    Takes about 15 minutes once you have done it a couple times. I often replace headlignt bulbs right in the WallyMart parkinglot.

    Replacing rear turnsignal bulb is even easier than replacing headlight bub (Open trunk and reach inside) No tools required at all. I have a box of spare taillight bulbs here at the house. (3 VWs in family)
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,717
    Don't laugh. Some cars now require you to take the front bumper cover off to change a headlight bulb as there's no room to change them from the back :cry:

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  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    That is exactly why the German engineers for the NB (New Beetle) designed the headlight assemblies to slide out the front of the car.... you can carry the entire assembly to your kitchen-table and replace the bulb there. (I dont have a garage... just a dirt driveway)
  • Thanks for the help. I didn't want to even touch the taillight but if its that easy then I will try. Of course when you read the owners manual it tells you it has to be done by the dealer.
  • 1953beetle1953beetle Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 NB with leather seats. First time for the leather. The problem I have is static. I have had the car since Oct. 2007 and have yet to find a way to solve this problem. Is there anyone else out in this world that has this type of problem. I live in West Texas and sometimes it is dry, but lately we have had alot of humidity. Would appreciate any input.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Humidity should drain off the static so it would not be an issue.

    Could you please elaberate about under what conditions you encounter static?
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 457
    The silver cap (the silver button) on the handbrake broke off leaving the plastic ears struck inside the handbrake. Does anyone know of an easy way to get those plastic ears out so that a new handbrake cap can go in ?

    If you have done this before please let me know if there are any tricks to it.
  • popadopolispopadopolis cnyPosts: 14
    The broken plastic ears do not pose a problem. When they broke off they fell down into the black plastic round handle the button snaps into. All you need is another button which, should just snap into the black round shaft! This has happened to me twice, once on my 99 beetle and just weeks ago on my 04 beetle. Don't worry about the broken tabs, they are not going to cause any problems. Have a nice day! :)
  • panjshirpanjshir Posts: 1
    My Blue Engine Coolant Light has been on consistently lately. On the interstate today it was blinking blue.

    Manual says to take it to a dealer as it could be something electrical in the coolant system...

    Any ideas or experience out there related to this?


  • 07530753 Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 2000 New Beetle. The driver's side window switch is broken. Where is the best place to purchase a replacement(s) and how difficult is it to replace them?
  • mauimoemauimoe Posts: 1
    Help! Bough my wife a 2000 VW new beetle (She loves it).. It's been awesome! Had it about a month now and today, the check engine light came on. I turned it off immediately, checked the oil and water.... both OK, but making a bubbling sound from the back of the engine near the passenger compartment.... Pretty sure it's radiator fluid, but not sure why the noise is there... when it cooled down, it was a little low on fluid, but not bad.... runs smooth - drove it down the mountain to work and back ... ran great. I tried disconnecting the positive terminal on the battery for a little while to reset the check engine light, but it didn't work.

    Anybody have any advice? It's running great, but the light won't go off.
  • mschelmmschelm Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 NB GLX with the 1.8t, I have replaced to many parts to even list here, or at least it seems that way to me. It has 89K miles, anyway does anyone know why the engine just makes a clicking noise? It only does it when its idling and not all the time, I can't figure it out. I can sit their and let it idle and it will just click as loud as can be, but when I give a little gas it gets faster and then goes away. Does anyone know how this can be fixed? Also, my car came with the Monsoon system, yeah I hate it. The amp died maybe 6 months after I got the car and fried the front speakers. So I replaced them with an aftermarket component system and 2 years later now my right front speakers worked the day before then I turn on the car and they don't, then today I turn on the car and the left front speakers dont work. Does this sound familiar to anyone, because I really don't want to have to rip out the entire audio cables and speakers and have to redo them all. Thats just a waste of my time and effort I do believe even though I do want my speakers back.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    You need to know the code which caused the CEL (Check Engine Light) Each code represents a specific failure-mode. As long as the CEL is not blinking, it is OK to drive.

    Many auto-parts stores (Autozone...etc) will "pull the codes" out of the computer for free for you.
  • gezlouisegezlouise Posts: 1
    2003 beetle convertible--i have replaced all four windows so far---latest is the glue around the window---dealer quoted 5000 to 1000 dollars- thats nuts. any ideas --- can a trip shop reglue? my plan is to unload as soon as fixed---never to return to vw
  • car776car776 Posts: 1
    I am in the middle of replacing the starter/solenoid. I have been able to remove the lower starter mounting bolt. The bolts are double with a nut and then a bolt. If you have ever removed a starter please respond and give me some ideas. The upper bolt has a piece of plastic which is holding a wiring harness. How do I get this piece of plastic out so I can get to the bolt under it.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  • mediaguy2mediaguy2 Posts: 38
    We have had the car less than a month, love it, but the ac takes 8 to 10 minutes to come on. it is the S model with manual trans. we took it to the dealer who couldn't find the problem. the dealer said they conferred with VW engineers who said it was the ambient air sensor. not in stock so it was shipped, installed and the same problems exists. now they say its the compressor, which is on back order and they say it will take 10 to 14 days to get from germany. the car has under 400 miles on it. we filed a complaint and got a case number from VW america and told them we wanted a new car. we've decided that rather than take a loaner we want to have use of our convert so we're taking it back unti,the compressor arrived and is installed and then we'll see what happens. dealer says this is a rare problem. also, we noticed that the driver window went all the way into the door well, but the passenger window stayed up about a quarter to a half inch when in the down position. dealer says they should stay up a bit and fixed the driver side to match the passenger side -- is that correct? any help much appreciated. do i have a lemon?
  • I have had the absolute WORST gas milage in my New Beetle

    2008 Automatic 2.5

    I check the milage and gas usage every time I fill up my tank.

    I've owned my New Beetle since April 16, 2008

    Yesterday I discovered with my around town driving this past 10 days I only got 17 miles per gallon. I am not that heavy on the gas peddle.

    That's as bad as an SUV.

    How disturbing and what a major disappointment.

    The best so far has only been approx. 24 to 25 MPG on the Hwy and that would be driving like a little old lady. Not breaking 55 to 60 on the FREEWAY.... who drives like that????????

    I am completely disappointed VW could not do any better with Gas Milage Efficiency.

    What a total let down. Should have bought a SMART CAR!!!!
  • mediaguy2mediaguy2 Posts: 38
    what does the dealer say about the gas mileage? also take a look at my posting above yours. what do you think?
  • belaircarguybelaircarguy Posts: 107
    Media Guy 2 - I have a new 2008 SE Convertible with automatic. I have not encountered a problem with the windows. All windows retract completely into the doors or rear panels (for the back seat). I do know the windows will lower about 1/2 inch when you open the door or press the remote unlocking fey fob. This is designed so the window glass can seal correctly into the convertible top when the door is closed. I would have the dealer check again about the windows lowering, or ask to look at some other 2008 convertibles on their lot and see how those operate.

    As for the air conditoner, I do know that in my part of the country we have to operate the car air conditioners (not just the VW) in the recirculation mode all summer. This will make the air colder and will tend to speed the cool down of the car. Push the recirculate button along with the A/C button and try operating in that mode. It should help.
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,120
    mediaguy i don't see evidence you have a lemon and instead see evidence that dealer is fixing what is broken. it shouldn't take so long to get a compressor but that and a misaligned window sure do not make the car a lemon.
    keeki, your reported mpg is just a couple mpg below the EPA estimate that was on the window when you bought the car. That sounds reasonable, given that gas engines are not broken in until about 10k miles - 10% mpg improvement is possible due to break-in.
    your idea that gas car mpg is not that much better than SUV mpg matches my opinion. btw, TDI version of beetle gets 44 highway, never below 40 mpg. Smarter than a smart car, with twice as many seats.
    imho, smart cars get poor mpg for such a tiny/toy car. except for the diesel smart, unavailable in USA.
  • mediaguy2mediaguy2 Posts: 38
    thanks for your response. what struck me odd about all this was that the service people said they had to consult with vw engineers to try to diagnose the problem. after a couple of days they decided it was the ambient temperature sensor, which involved taking off the bumper to install. when they put it all back together the ac was still doing the same thing, taking 10 minutes to kick in. then the dealer said they consulted with the engineers again and then it was decided it was the compressor. seems to me they dont know whats going on and are going from one part to another in hopes of finding a solution.
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