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#1121 of 1140 Re: 2006 Beetle - Temp. Light Issue [06beetleowner]
May 24, 2011 (10:53 am)
Hi!...did you ever find out what was causing the problem? Was it ever finally fixed? I just bought a 2006 VW new beetle convertible and the red temp light comes on when I start it (sometimes), then flashes, beeps, and stops after a minute...hasn't come on when driving (yet) and the coolant level seems fine, no obvious leaks anywhere... I'm terrified something is wrong, but hopeful it's nothing since the beeps stop, it drives fine and others seem to have had the same issue...
#1122 of 1140 Re: 2006 Beetle - Temp. Light Issue [csmylie]
May 26, 2011 (5:54 pm)
That is not a big deal. Most often this is caused by the antifreeze being a little low in the resivour.
1)When you 1st start the car, the antifreeze is so low that it triggers the alert.
2)After running the engine for awhile, the antifreeze heats up and expands. This expansion "fills" the resivour enough to turn off the alert.
Since VWs REQUIRE special "G12" antifreeze and there is no substitute... I would suggest you add no more than about 1/2 cup of distilled water to bring the level up a bit. (or purchase and mix with distilled-water your own batch of "G12" antifreeze)
Of course - do this when engine is stone-cold so your level-reading is accurate. As the engine warms up, the antifreeze level goes up.
#1123 of 1140 New Beetle P/R/N/D all lights up and manual mode does not work
Jul 01, 2011 (1:10 pm)
My daughter's 2007 Beetle's park frame's lights all go on instead of just the light reflecting the position of the transmission eg. park or reverse or drive, etc. It seems to be an electrical problem that also prevents the manual mode on her automatic transmission from working. Has anyone encountered a problem like that, or does anyone know of sombody who has?
#1124 of 1140 2004 VW Beetle Turbo and Convertible
Aug 14, 2011 (8:39 am)
">I bought this car used about 2 years ago, and wish I had never bought the darn car. I have had so many problems with it and make $360.00 payments on it. The convertible does not work at all and the car only has 69,000 miles on it. I have an anti-freeze leak, vacuum leak on engine, heated oxygen sensor, left speaker does not work. The back window separated from the convertible top, passenger side windshield wiper does not work. Had to replace fuel pump and battery last year and cost me a fortune. This car is a piece of crap. I am going to the dealership with my list and complain. The extended warranty expired in June and before it did expire, I had it at VW dealer and they would not fix the convertible. What a shame to be paying all of the money to be cute!!
#1125 of 1140 Re: VW : Buy it, you'll regret it. A letter to VW [bluelemon]
Nov 21, 2011 (4:34 pm)
A freaking men. Thank you for this. I too have experienced horrible problems, and like you and your $1.00. I wouldn't drive a brand new one even if it was given to me for free. I am serious. Since owning my Beetle I have had starter issues, chipping of interior plastic, non working rear view mirrors, botched plastic engine protectors(no matter how careful I drive.) Three different batteries, a burned fuse box, non working air conditioner, non working stereo(then when I replaced it with an after market it has cost me double to have smog checks etc because the Smog Check Check Battery line is ran thru the stereo WHO DOES THAT?) Also random broken parts thru out the car(like the electric window switch.) Tail lights always break(thank got we figured it our ourselves. ) This caused me a fix it ticket from a cop which made me take time off work to fix. I have also had problems with musty odors smelling like crayons, and chipped interior paint. GROSS! Oil burning issues(that YOU DARE TO SAY ARE NORMAL?) ARE you kidding me? I get to spend 20 to 30 bucks a month filling my low levels of oil because you say it's normal for cars to burn oil? PLEASE. I NOW HAVE TRANSMISSION problems which will in fact cost me close to 6000 and they aren't even going to guarantee it will work after that because they are saying that the transmission problems can also be computer issues that even a rebuilt new one won't fix. Got the car used at 39,000 miles NOW it only has 70,000 and it's not drivable. I just paid it off and now it sits. How unfair is that? I have to go into another loan for NOTHING. What a waste. The steering is wobbly too and the sound of clanking when I break down on the breaks is really noticeable and has been for years. Apparently nobody knows what that noise is but I have heard people have the same problems on here. VW should be ashamed of themselves. I can't believe they still put cars on the market.
#1126 of 1140 Re: New Beetle not starting or stalling on startup [bckermit]
Nov 27, 2011 (9:44 am)
I am having the same problem and this only happens when the weather gets under 30 degrees or about there. Now once the weather warms up it will start , did you ever find a solution to your start up issues? Thanks for your reply.
#1127 of 1140 Re: Oil light and temperature light going off randomly [eggroll]
Feb 03, 2012 (8:49 pm)
yea my gf had the same problem she had a coolant leak looking from the front the right side of the engine is the coolant flang it just lookes like a junction piece it bolts to the engine block also on top of the part is your coolant temp sensor if its not green replace it they updated it and do you have a coolant leak?
#1128 of 1140 History of front of Beetle catching on fire?
Apr 03, 2012 (1:26 pm)
Do Beetles have a history of catching on fire? I saw one on the side of the highway two nights ago in Chicago that was going up in blazes, and have seen a few others on fire when I googled this question. I'm worried about its safety if this is something that happens very often. Does anyone know?
#1129 of 1140 Re: History of front of Beetle catching on fire? [firefly531]
by pf_flyer HOST
Apr 03, 2012 (1:38 pm)
Not sure that I'd use a Google search as a basis to decide whether something is common or rare. I would wager that Beetles catch fire at the same rate as pretty much any other vehicle. I'm always cautious when I see a "trend" on a supposed problem on the internet.
Owners experiencing problems or issues with a vehicle are certainly more likely to make noise about it than those who simply like their car. That can sure make it seem like more cars have an "issue" than they really do.