16th Feb 2004, 00:13

Hello, I do not think this person is mistreating the Bug.

I know from personal experience... I've had a 2000 New Beetle 1.8 turbo GLX; this car had so many freaking problems, it was comical! Transmission grinding issues (rebuilt, never got right), oil pump, speedo cluster, rear deck-lid lock/mechanism, emergency lever button, leaking power steering lines, etc, etc, etc, and tons of little things I won't go into. I got so aggravated that traded it in on a 2002 New Beetle Turbo S.

Now, I am still having some issues with this new one: brakes seem weak (knew to pump once for full brake pressure), sensors replaced, button broke on emergency lever (design needs to be changed), power steering pump/rack binds/groans/shutters (can't convince dealer to replace it since it's not "broken"), window regulator problems (recall), coil pack failure (recall) etc, etc. Not as bad as the 2000, but still have some issues that have not been resolved. The CD player is a known problem.

www.newbeetle.org is a good place to go for help, and to read other people's problems and issues.

Bottom line: I have heard of people with tons of problems, and others with practically zero problems at all... weird!

I love VWs, but they have their problems... unfortunately my dealer's service department is not very good; this also adds to problems when the service sucks... which is a common problem... fun car, niggling problems, but I love my Bug!

14th Sep 2004, 12:27

To the person who owns the "snap orange" beetle. I own the same car. I have had the same problems. I almost fell out of my chair when I read what was wrong with your car. I live in North Carolina. Everything you have stated has happended to me. Right now I am at war with VW about the engine. It completely gave out on me. I have owned the car for 2 years. 6 months after I drove the car off the lot I had to bring it back because the fuel injector gave out. As for the lights. I had to have them replaced also because the had water damage. And the speakers in my car did not work either. I don't know you, but I would like to know what steps are you taking. This is my first car in my life. And it has been a 2 year nightmare. To give you an example: My car stopped running while I was driving it. The car was less than 1 year old.

So if anyone has any second thoughts about this person treating his car well on not. I am here to tell you that I live on the other side of the US and I am having the same problems. Not similar. But the same problems.

14th Feb 2005, 16:09

The word is out on these cars, yet people buy 'em anyway, then complain. Thirty years ago we had the same problems with my parent's brand new VW Rabbit. Electrical problems almost right away. My Dad had to wire in a starter button near the shifter, because the dealer couldn't fix the electrical/no start condition.

Fast forward 30 years, same problems! Recently a friend who works at the Post Office told me of a co-worker who used her 2 year old Jetta to deliver the mail, had the thing burst into flames while parked with the engine off (and loaded with mail!)

This is no secret; people who buy these things deserve the grief!

My old Lincoln Town Car just completed another coast to coast run, with 147,000 miles, with no problems; my '97 Nissan 4cyl truck which I bought new has required one $32 temperature sensor in 81,000 miles.

All this info is "on the net," on great websites like this. I just don't get it...

29th Jul 2005, 17:57

Well, I don't know how to start. My Friend have a 2001 GLS Bettle that she loves so much. To make the whole story short the whole electrical system in the dashboard of her Bettle got replace because of so many issue, meaning all indicators in the dashboard are not working. Her transmission got stuck four times that she have to call tow truck one day. Her gas tank flipper was fixed twice for not functioning. She needs to check her oil because a month after changing engine oil the oil it is almost gone. I'm sure she can add more to these comments.

24th Oct 2005, 06:54

I currently own a 2002 beetle. Its blue. I have had most of these problems. But a new argument has come up with VW. My motor since new has consumed oil. A lot of oil. The VW folks say its normal. I explained to them, "We’ve been making cars for a while now." I think engine oil consumption is something we’ve worked out. Not the Volkswagen support staff, there sure we need to learn this all over again, Like in the 50's, but more expensive. List of other broken items include. (Center armrest, CD player, front dash plastic pieces, glove box, center armrest again, rear hatch not latching, rear hatch not unlatching, rear hatch not latching again, window control buttons front struts-a lot of front struts.) Problems with my 1998 dodge truck. The window washer holding tank sprung a leak. Dodges trucks are known to break down, I accepted this, as it is a workhorse. My bug is not a workhorse. It narrowly fits into the window of automobile. No V.W.'s for us again.

26th Oct 2005, 01:29

This is directed at the first comment. The statement "you cannot add aftermarket things to any VW. They all have very sensitive systems, and anything "foreign" causes problems". is completely false, and this person has obviously no idea what he/she is talking about, and I hope anyone who reads the first comment completely ignores it.

7th Nov 2005, 07:58

To the person with the October 26, 2005 comment:

I totally agree. When I read that I thought "It's a car, not an eco-system" Sounds like that person is in love with their VW and trying to rationalize why others are having problems.

1st Dec 2005, 17:07

WOW! I have the same exact car and have had the same exact problems!! Must be the color throwing everything off. My warranty is up this month, and I am considering selling it. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one out of the 2000 snap orange Beetle owners who have been plagued by constant dealership visits.

3rd Dec 2005, 14:24

My CD changer is plain sketchy. Same problems listed above. Sometimes it skips sometimes I get CD error.

My side air bag has gone out twice, this last time I don't want to pay the $350 to fix it so I drive around with the air-bag light on.

My driver side seat seat a rip in the seat and to have it fix by the dealer would cost $1,200 since I would need a whole new chair and airbag. I am going to get just the seat reupholstered for $175.

My side mirror adjustment switch broke two days ago and God knows the price to fix it will be highly inflated.

My window electric motor broke recently which cost a fortune to fix.

They tell me my ABS; (anti locking break computer), is spitting out weird numbers and they want me to replace it and it has an outrageous price to do so. I am driving with old fashion breaks right now and the car stops just fine.

My horn got a short in it so it honks like a deep nasal motorcycle horn. $350 to replace it.

Now, with all of this nonsense going on I still like my beetle because it's safe, gets great mileage, has immense head room that is even more spacious than a Hummer, it's easy to drive and it has a nice design.

Will I get another one. I don't know probably not, but I may. The engine runs good, but the gadgets and the peripherals are so circa 1970's American car.