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Volkswagen Beetle Transmission Problems



  • so what was the outcome of this case
  • chewichewi Posts: 1
    I too have now become one of those that is having the exact same issue with my Beetle. I like others love my car however have had nothing but issues with it. It too has been in several times since I have it and now the transmission. I have spent over 200 on a transmission fluid change on a transmission that supposedly does not need to be changed. Now I am told that it is the cam (spelling?) within the transmission. I had purchased the after marker warranty being told that it would cover the transmission only to find that it will not cover the whole transmission but just certain parts. I was than told that even just replacing those parts will not take care of the issue at all (the transmission) will still need to be replaced anyway. Why not pay for the whole issue and not just the bandage to cover up the issue of the Transmission. I find it irresponsible from VW not to address this issue it is having with its vehicles. How do they expect to keep customers wanting to buy another VW if the first one constantly broke down? I too am very disappointed in VW America. I expected to see a company as large as they are to stand behind their product and if there is a flaw in their product to fix it and not by charging the consumer for their flaw. I too will never purchase another VW.
  • I'm sorry you have to go through that (like I did) with your VW. Please spread the word so nobody else has to go through this! It is not just Beetle Convertibles either, I know several Jetta owners that have had nothing but issues. My insurance agent's wife had this vehicle and it almost ruined their marriage because his wife was always so stressed and angry over her Beetle convertible! I can sooooo relate!
  • I did not read all the blogs therefore what I post may have already been said, however , I think it's worth repeating. My 05 New Beatle is getting a new transmission. The car only has 40,000 miles. I am lucky it's on VW's dime and not mine. The reason it's hard to detect these transmission problems, is because when the car is cold it runs fine, the jerking starts when the car is warm, this is why I went back and forth with the dealership, if they only drive it one or two miles it may seem fine. Mine was jerking pretty badly and was hesitating as well, they originally said they were going to replace the valve body, instead now they are going to replace the transmission, just a heads up maybe the valve body doesn't repair it correctly in all cases or they would of done that on my car to save themselves money. I know it's too late for some of you, which is pretty despicable for customers to spend that kind of money on something not build correctly to begin with. My message is for everyone who's car is still under warranty to get the transmission checked, the dealership kept telling me that if the idiot light is not on the transmission is fine, this was not true , my light never did come on, mine starting slightly jerking at about 30,000 and continued to get worse and worse. If they have to replace all these defective transmissions maybe they will build it right the next time.
  • I was fortunate enough to have my 2005 convertible vw beetlenew transmission covered by VW America and my local dealership, in spite of having 60,200 miles on it. I reported trouble sporadically for several months before it was finally replaced. Now 10 months into the new transmission, it needs to be replaced again! Very frustrating...anyone know of a class action suit?
  • @cbahalo: Your transmission replacement was covered because the warranty is 65,000 miles. Mine crapped out and left me stranded on the side of a busy freeway in Los Angeles at 66,003. They would not cover any of it since it was 1,003 miles out of warranty.
  • Do yourself a favor and get rid of this car before it is out of warranty. The transmission is only the beginning! I had my trans replaced and a month later started having the same jerking issues again. People on this blog keep asking about a class action suit. I don't know but I would begin with the BBB. That might lead into something? :lemon:
  • My transmission was replaced on my 05 conv vw beetle and I also had issues soon after it was replaced, but of course vw wouldn't admit to any issue. After my vw spent over 100 days in the shop, I finally had enough and got rid of the thing. I contacted a lemon law attorney and they said I would have had a case if I would have called just a little earlier. Don't worry about how many miles you have on it, just submit a request to see if you would be eligible. I wish I would have sooner!
  • I just bought a 99 VW New Beetle last week, and it was love at first sight. I thought to myself the Beetle is the car for me. It's cute, small, and just for me. Boy was I ever so wrong. A few days after I got my car my whole world almost changed for the worst. I was driving home from work on interstate 75/85 south going through downtown Atlanta when suddenly my car jumped gears. I was doing between 65 and 70 when this happen. Within a split second my car went from 65 to 45. It was stuck in Neutral. I was terrified. I didn't know what to do. Cars started flying pass me left and right, and all I could do was coast. I was almost rear ended by several cars. After I was able to get all the way over to my far right hand lane; my car jumped back into Drive. I was able to make it home but very shaken up about what had happen. I couldn't sleep right for the next couple of nights afterwards. I took my car back to the dealer I bought it from and he said he would get it looked at and see what the problem was. The day after he supposedly got it "fixed" he said nothing was wrong with the car but the same problem keep occurring. I left the car there again and the dealer said he would drive it home through Atlanta to see for himself if the car would do to him what it was doing to me. Two days later I come back to pick up my car because he had another person from VW look at my car to "Fix It". When I asked him how did it drive for him through Atlanta he said he didn't drive it home because he had to pick his kids up from school. My question to him and to VW is, if you wouldn't pick your kids up in this crap, why would you sale it to me to drive and put me in danger? Im getting rid of this car from HELL, and I would advise anyone who is bitten by this Love for THE BUG to seriously think again. Go to the doctors and get your head checked before you go to the dealers to get this car checked. Trust me it's not you that needs to be put away in the Nutty house, its the car. DO NOT BUY THE NEW VW BEETLE! I REPEAT. DO NOT BUY THE NEW VW BEETLE. IT MAY COST YOU MORE THEN A NEW TRANSMISSION. IT CAN COST YOU YOUR LIFE. AND PLEASE REPORT ALL OF YOUR ISSUES AND COMPLAINTS WITH VW TO The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and your local State Attorney General Office . THIS IS A HUGE SAFETY ISSUE. ITS' JUST AS SERIOUS AS THE TOYOTA ISSUE. I've made my complaint already, PLEASE MAKE YOURS KNOWN. THE MORE WE SPEAK OUT THE MORE ATTENTION THIS MATTER GETS. Sincerely an Ex Vw Lover - 2/10/2010 -
  • Wow, your story sounds just like mine. I have an '05 Beetle Convertible Turbo and I've been having problems with the jerking for 2 years now (car is 4-1/2 yrs old and 42,000 miles). I've had the valve body replaced twice, as well as other things to try to get the jerking to stop, and this week I am getting a new transmission. My regular bumper to bumper warranty expired last June but thank God I still ahve the power train which will cover it. It is still a huge inconvenience, and I have to rent a stupid car which VW will not cover because they said once the bumper to bumper expires and you are only under power train they do not cover rental expenses. Well ... I've had this SAME problem for 2 years, which started while I had my bumper to bumper.

    If my car didn't have such a huge cuteness factor (I have the light Aquarius Blue one with black convertible top) it would have been traded in long ago. My 16 year old daughter has had her heart set on this car since I got it.

    On top of the transmission issues, I've used my regular bumper to warranty to death. thank God I had it !!!!!!

    :lemon: Worst car I've ever owned .... but the service department at my dealer is awesome. They would be the ONLY reason I would buy another VW in the future (I'm not though ... plan to get a Ford Edge LOL).
  • So it is with a 2005 turbo covertable with 36K mileage: transmission started shifting harshly at about 31k; took it to the dealer who tried to pass it off as fuzzy logic; they said they ran the diagnositics and that nothing was wrong; supposedly "fuzzy" is the bug responding differently to my and my wifes driving habits; progressively has gotten worst and started disengaging between shifts; problem is intermittent but clearly getting worst. Toyota's recent behavior has been my motivator to not tolerate large corps ignoring serious and expensive to repair issues. Returned the Bug to the dealership yesterday and told them they can keep it until they fix the problem. Fortunately, the transmission "behaved badly" when my wife took the maint. sup for a test ride. The vehicle is coming up on the 5 year warranty in July 2010. So we will see. Keep you posted....but the preceding discussion certainly has been reassuring that VW has a problem. Thanks for the postings.
  • Is it mostly with '05 Convertibles?? Does Turbo play a part in this do you think ???? I plan on printing out most of these postings and putting them in my arsenal if I continue to have problems even after the new transmission. They called tonight and said it's ready already ... 2 days before planned. It only took them 1 day to replace. When they said it was ready I thought they were going to tell me they decided to replace the valve body again instead of the transmission but they said they put it in. We shall see !!!!!!!!
  • My vw 2005 turbo convertible bug had the transmission replaced April '09 at 60,000. The new transmission is doing the exact same thing - jumping gears and clunking into other gears. I'm just praying it "goes" completely before the 1 yr warranty on the thing is over. Of course it won't do it when I take the dealer rep for a ride.....
    The 1st excuse was the tranny fluid was 2 quarts low, they could find no other excuse to explain the clunking gears. Because it has a sealed transmission they wanted to charge me $800 just to look at it. Once they discovered how low the fluid was and couldn't explain why my husband convinced them they needed to replace the transmission due to poor maintenance at the factory. We'll see what happens with the next one.
  • Thanks for the update....I too will keep you posted....Yes, after they test drove the veh. their maint sup said that the turbo wasn't working correctly and that they needed to attend to it. He didn't suggest that the tranny problem was related. The good news about sharing experiences is that it prepares us in the event they attempt the same "story". What I have gotten from all these postings is to push for an 3 years(min) extended warranty for any work they do related to the transmission. I'll let you know how that goes.
  • what is VW USA's contact info. Please blog this so everyone has it. I do not have this info. please.
  • If some one would get the contact information for VW. and email or phone info what we should all do is start calling and emailing them at the same time every single day until the proper course of action is given to us by VW. We all need to do it every day at the same time.
    We can use co-ordinated universal time or also called Zulu time. Will someone please post the info and lets all come up with the best time for us to call every day blog your time so I can see and post to you a Time. If we hit them all at once every day at the same time It just may work. It is worth a shot. We need to create a paper trail with VW. and when they dont respond to thousands of e-mails we can then take that to local media and then to lawyers congress men ntsb etc. So after you email it we can all send copies of our e-mails to eachother and keep them in a folder. The pile will build and even if you get your problem resolved please stay in the fight are you in If I get the info I will start doing it at noon every day.
  • I picked up my car this morning and I am pleasantly surprised at how good the car feels. I am still paranoid that it's going to happen again. I was mistaken ... I have 50,000 ... not 41,000 ... but still. Cars should not need new transmissions at 50,000. Anyhow, I learned that the new transmission has its own 1 year/12,000 mile warranty so when my power train expires in June I am still covered for another 8 months. My daughter will be getting this car when she gets her license (already 16 ... but hasnt' wanted to drive) and I'm wondering if I should just trade the Beetle in on my Ford Edge right now ... then get her something when the time comes? Or wait. I"m just paranoid that the tranny will go out again and if I try to trade it in I won't get sh*t for it!
  • OMG if it's not one thing it's another. This morning my rear brake light is out. This falls under work I had done in December when my right rear fender was hit from behind but still ..... will there ever be a day when NOTHING is broken on my car ?!?!? I think I"ll trade it in next week LOL.
  • I wrote them, told them my sad story and they offered me $ toward a new VW. I don't want a new VW. I want them to fix the one I have.

    Anyway, the contact info is:
    Volkswagen Group of America
    2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr
    Herndon, VA 20171
    Stefan Jacoby, CEO

    The "VW Executive Specialist" who responded is Kathrene Fox. Her number is 218.754.6504 or 1.800.822.8987

    I'll be writing Ms. Fox again soon, I'm just trying to get all my facts in order. Why don't we all write her? And Mr. Jacoby? Shoot, maybe I'll find a contact person for VW World!

    Still shifting my automatic manually,

  • The CEO is Martin Winterkorn. As far as I can tell, the mailing address would be Berliner Ring 2, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany.

    I'm thinking a letter will be coming together sooner than later.
  • I just sent V.W. various blogs I have found on this site and several others. It was one big fat e-mail. I also sent them a car fax report detailing all of the items that have been checked. I dont want them to stroke me and I think that they will. I have 41k miles and my warranty expires in april. Now that I have all of my ammo I am ready to take it to the dealer. I hate doing it but I have to try and get my new transmission before it is too late.
  • was your car fine after the new tranny was put in? I too have 41k miles on it and I think this was always a problem with mine. I got mine used and lived in a very small town so it never really got warm. But now I live in a different area and have to drive further distances. I pulled up a car fax and noticed the Transmission control module was replaced a month after it was put into the street. there were several other things of course but this told me there was always an issue. I think V.W. put the 5 speed triptonic in on accident instead of the six speed because in 05 that's when they came out with the six speed. This is just a theory and that is why they replaced it. They wont admit there mistake they will just hope that many of the incorrect transmissions they put in will outlast the warranty.
  • myposbugmyposbug Posts: 2
    I am the unfortunate owner of a 2003 Beetle that I purchased 2 years ago used. Had the valve body replaced last year and now the tranny is completely gone. I will NEVER buy a Beetle ever again. Once I have this junker paid off I'm getting rid of it. There's no way I would put another tranny in this thing after reading all the horror stories here. Did VW purposely build this car to go bad on you? :sick:
  • moanddonmoanddon Posts: 1
    My story is similar to yours! My 2003 Conv. Beetle jumped into neutral today while I was taking it to a VW dealership.(First occurrance happened a week ago in town - have seen 2 mechanics for this problem in one week) I was on I-95 going 75mph and suddenly I was going 40 to 25 - 15 and in neutral. it was all I could do to get it over to the side out of traffic coming behind me. When I got to the dealership, they said they had never heard of this problem - and yet I read all of this!

    When I got home tonight - in my delightful replacement rental car (the VW dealership did not have a auto for me to use) I called VW of US and they did not have a record of this problem. I agree - this problem is as serious as the Toyota issue and should be dealt with the same.

    I am appalled that the dealership and the VW of US is not aware of this. For me - my days of owning a VW are numbered if at all. When I purchased this car (we have had SAAB's for 20 years and expect our cars to last) I intended to have this car for more than 6 years and with 63,000 miles on it. I do not know what the VW dealership will find or be able to even help with this problem since this seems to be a new one for them. I would like to move further on this issue and present this to some group that will be able to help. Please advise. Thank you!
  • Yeah I just took mine in today and emailed v.w. The guy was at least nice where I went. I also think it is appalling that these service writers say they have never heard of this issue. I feel bad for you. I only hope that they can fix this problem. I have forwarded v.w. information and some customer complaints from here and various other websites I suggest you or someone else do the same. They need to know that you have filed a complaint with ntsb and that you are aware that others are having the same issue as you. the only way to help yourself and others is to create a paper trail and e-mail the piss out of them with whatever information you find. also forward your complaint that you sent to v.w. to news media, radio, newspapers etc.Then forward those emails back to v.w. so that they see that you are sending this information out to others. This I think is one way to fight back and the only way they may finally listen. If everyone here did that we just may get somewhere together.Good luck I send one email sometimes two a day. I would have loved to see the look on the guys face that read one of my e-mails and realized I forwarded it to cnn. Till next time.
  • myposbugmyposbug Posts: 2
    I think I figured it out. I bet the problem is the transmission can't handle the turbo. I noticed starting in 2006, the beetle was made with a 2.5l engine and a tiptronic transmission. :(
  • same thing happened to my 2004 vw beetle...on route 95 in NH and the car gears were all in brackets, and the car slowed to about 30...needed to get to the right lane and get off highway! I truly cannot believe that VW NorthAmerica has customer service personnel just telling us that it is our problem not theirs. Cars should not need new transmissions under 100K miles! It is surely a design problem that they will not own up to.....I would very much like a reimbursement from them for the $5,000 I had to spend on my car. WHAT CAN WE ALL DO ABOUT THIS????? I try to talk to VW North America but can get nothing from them. It is more than frustrating....look what is happening to Toyota....we need to keep these write ups going.
  • shaunnalshaunnal Posts: 27
    I am curious if yours is a turbo also? As per the other persons thoughts who posted right before you. Mine is a turbo. Please let me know and yes we do need to make them fix these issues but how??
  • shaunnalshaunnal Posts: 27
    Good Morning,
    Well there certainly is ALOT of complaints on here to try to keep up with. I am wondering what you have found out, as I see its been about 3 months since you posted this. I have a 2002 turbo beetle with tranny problems...besides many others. Something has to be done!! Thanks for your reply
  • shaunnalshaunnal Posts: 27
    Today I called our local Dick Hannah Dealership, talked to the manager. Told him my problem and of course they want 100.00 to diagnose the problem. Im so frustrated that I contacted our local News Paper, hopeful that they will research this out and write a letter in the paper. Maybe they can help get things done. I have contacted the NHTSA (if that is the correct abbrev.) Others have as well, What is it going to take!!! If I can barely afford the repairs, what makes them think I can afford to take it in just so that they can tell me what I already know is wrong?? WOW SO FRUSTRATED!!! SOMEONE HELP US!!! The value isnt worth more than the TRANNY REPLACEMENT!!
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