1998 Volkswagen Beetle tdi from North America
Nothing but a Money Pit
Has anyone had this happen?? The Engine in my car fell out of my VW Beetle TDI, 25 miles after I had it serviced for the timing belt on my way home!!! The car only had about 50,000 miles on it at the time. It looked like someone sliced it right off the mount on the drivers side and it fell and hit the axle. I was amazed that I was not hurt when this happened, since I was driving at the time. The timing belt work was about $800. It was approximately another $5000+ to fix when the engine fell out. Nice huh?? Of course I was told it was a fluke. Some kind of freak thing and nothing that could have been caused by having the timing belt replaced. But it seems too coincidental to me.
This car has been nothing, but problems since I purchased my 1998 VW Beetle TDI used in 2001 with just under 35,000 miles on it. I thought it would be a neat car to own. It has been a complete nightmare. I know everyone at the Dealership on a first name basis because I am there so often for repairs. Since I have owned the car, I have replaced the drivers side and passengers side window regulators twice. The window motors have been replaced. I have had to replace the emergency brake cable, twice. I have had to fix faulty backup lights. I have had to fix a faulty a/c compressor. I have done the mass airflow sensor. And these are just a few of the Many things that have happened. I have never had these kind of troubles with any other car. I should have kept my Oldsmobile. It was ten years old and still going strong... what a big mistake I made purchasing a VW.
Has anyone else had these troubles with their VW Beetle?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd November, 2006
10th Nov 2006, 15:28
The motor mount has to be removed as part of a timing belt change. Something was either reused (for example, a single use stretch bolt) or installed properly. For more information, search the tdiclub website. You are due your $5k back. If this job was done by a dealer, double shame on them for making the mistake, and then for failing to either know or to admit the truth.