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Volkswagen New Beetle, Coupe, Hatchback
#615 of 760 "Funky" smell from the Beetle vents
Sep 14, 2004 (8:58 am)
I have a 1999 New beetle that I bought new and I love the car. It runs well and it is so much fun to drive. The one complaint I have is that is has always had a funny musty smell coming from the vents when you first drive it on a warm day. Once I put the air on it will take a few minutes and then little by little it goes away only to come back when I get in the car and start out again. I called VW and they said to spray some stuff that was supposedly sold at the dealership into the vents. The dealership had no idea what I was talking about. I went to a different dealership and they had no suggestions. The car is kept outdoors all year long and since it happens in warm or especially hot weather I am thinking that it must have to do with pollen or something that gets into the vents. It doesn't happen with my other two cars, which are Hondas. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions as to how to rid the car of it? I've tried a million different air fresheners, nothing works. I'd love to get another Bug someday but I am afraid it will be another "stinker."
Sep 14, 2004 (2:51 pm)
Two weeks ago I bought a new bug convertible for my wife. So far we have 11 warranty problems that need to be addressed...including the drivers window falling down inside the door and shattering. I now have duck tape holding a plastic window in place until I can get it serviced.
I smell lemons.
#617 of 760 can't complain here
Oct 26, 2004 (6:32 am)
We have a 2000gl red we bought new and it has 145k on it. We are now replacing the 2 belts,water pump,catalytic converter,shocks and struts but up until now only replaced tires once and brakes twice and one battery. This car is a tank and great in the snow! I hope to run it FOREVER!!!!!
#618 of 760 Infamous "check engine" light
Oct 26, 2004 (9:40 am)
Have read a number of entries re; check engine light (CEL) on NBs. I just bought a 2001 (43m miles) GLS with base engine. The morning after arrival the CEL came on. I had my trusted local foreign car repairman (NOT VW dealer) check it - $420 later, we've replaced a speed sensor and temperature sensor. The light still flickers and engine runs rough under load until it warms up - then the CEL goes out and everything is fine. He tells me that VWs, Jettas incl. have all manner of small niggling problems - suggested I buy Toyota or Honda. By the way, the car's color is that of a familiar citrus fruit used to flavor your iced tea....
#619 of 760 Silence on this site
Jan 10, 2005 (3:39 pm)
I take it to mean that nobody has any problems with their Beetles anymore. That's nice to know.
#620 of 760 VW Beetle Model changes
Jan 12, 2005 (8:33 am)
I understand that VW is going to upgrade the New Beetle with some design changes for both the interior and the exterior for the 2006 (or 2007 ?) model year.
Does anyone have any information on the design changes ??
A link to any information would be useful !
#621 of 760 Turbo S Beetle
Jan 13, 2005 (1:05 pm)
Wondering if anyone has any advice: I have an 02 Turbo S Beetle with 25,000 miles. I am about to purchase a Touareg, and I am considering trading the Beetle. Haven't had any issues with it, and may decide to keep it and deal with higher payments than I'd prefer on the Touareg. What I'm wondering is if there is any sense that the Turbo S will have any value due to it's limited and now discontinued production. My wife loves the car, and I might garage it and keep it long term if I think it will retain some value beyond that of a "normal" used car.
Appreciate any feedback.
#622 of 760 Re: Silence on this site [p100]
Feb 10, 2005 (12:49 pm)
Trust me, we are having tons of problems. I have a 1999 GLS that has been in the shop at least four times for electrical work - none of it cheap after the short warranty period. With only 53,000 miles, the headliner is coming down and the door leather is pulling away from the armrest. I would expect something like this to happen on a 1967 Buick but not six year old VW. So much for quality!
#623 of 760 Re: Silence on this site [jjflorida]
Feb 11, 2005 (8:57 am)
I have a 1967 Ford Thunderbird, which is my hobby car. The original door panels, headliner, and seats are still in great condition. And the power driver's seat still works! Same for the cascading rear turn signals, which were a neat feature on this car. This car has brushed stainless inserts on the dash, glovebox, and along the sides of the center console. I have seen quite a few of these old T-birds with good looking original interior. They surely do not make cars like they used to.
Imagine what your VW's interior will look like after 38 years!
Feb 24, 2005 (3:32 pm)
I know exactly the smell you are talking about. I am sure by now you have figured it out but if not. Change your polen filter. I change mine and it seems to have helped. Change it yourself. It's located in the front dash. The raised center panel slides out and it's on the passenger side of the dash. hope this helps