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#153 of 1143 04 Beetle Convert. Airbag Sensor Light Problem
Jan 15, 2004 (9:29 am)
I bought my 16 year old an 04 Convert. Beetle. Brand new car, less than 1400 miles on it. Air bag sensor light comes on. Leave it at local dealership to be fixed on Dec. 29, 2003. Today is Jan. 15, 2004. They still have not fixed the car....Part is not available. Just a few minutes ago I get a call from the dealer...all that needed to be done was a code entered and clear the problem up. I have been without her car for 18 days, and all they had to do was enter a code. Please don't get yourself into a car like this one! I understand malfunctions happen, but after paying $30,000.00 for a car, Volkswagen is supposed to care about it's customers. They believe it's ok we were out of the car for that long because they rented us a CHEAP car to drive. A car that the 16 year old can not drive because of lease laws. That's alot of help to us huh! The only reason the car was fixed today is because we caught the dealer who sold us the car lying about having other convert. bugs on his lot. We forced him to take one off a car on his lot and he could sit and wait on the replacement part. ALL OF THE SUDDEN, THEY DON'T NEED TO REPLACE THE PART AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD JUST ENTER A CODE? Please protect yourself by not BUYING a problem.
#154 of 1143 04 Beetle convertible
Jan 18, 2004 (9:47 pm)
Remember that when you buy a Volkswagen, you do not get Mercedes Benz customer treatment, even if the price you pay for the vehicle is the same as you would pay for a small Benz. In fact, our local MB dealership offered a new 03 C320 coupe with a 6 cyl engine and 6 speed manual for less than 29 K. (A lot better car than VW Beetle convertible in my opinion).
#155 of 1143 What year to purchase used? New beetle.
Jan 26, 2004 (2:17 pm)
My wife and I are thinking to purchase a good used economy car. It will mainly be that '2nd car'
that sits in the garage until it's needed! Reliable, and good on gas. Standard trans. (maybe
auto). Price range, year 2000 or 2001.
Never owned a VW, just sold a Mercedes SLK!!!!
What problem areas should I look for or are there
any with this model? Do I want a diesel?
I do all the work I can on my vehicles, so minor
maintance is ok.
I'm a Toyota/Honda fan, do I WANT a VW beetle?
#157 of 1143 Gas Mileage, engine noise and soft break pedal
Feb 02, 2004 (10:25 pm)
Hi I have 03 GLX 1.8T auto and I'm getting terrible mileage. I had 01 GLX 1.8T manual and I would average 360 miles to a tank of gas with my 03 auto I'm getting 265 or less. And I'm driving slower! When I took the car in for my 5000 mile service they told me I would have to wait until I reached 15,000 to 20,000 miles before the carburator breaks itself in. The engine noise is crazy it's almost like having a diesel. Has anyone had mushy brake pedal travel? My 01 made me feel I could stop on a dime if I needed too. But with this 03 Beetle I dare not take the chance. Is there anyone with an 03 GLX 1.8T auto experiencing simular problems?
#158 of 1143 Carburetor on a 1.8t? Heck no!
Feb 04, 2004 (6:17 pm)
I would definitely take your vehicle to a new dealer. No vehicle made today has a carburetor. Maybe he meant that after the "break-in" period you would get better MPG, but there is no carburetor on you vehicle. It's fuel injected. Also, I would have another dealer look at your brakes. There is no reason that there is excess travel in the pedal since the car is so new. Sounds like the system needs to be bled.
#159 of 1143 Acceleration Lags
Feb 23, 2004 (11:22 am)
My 99 2.0L has fluctuations in the acceleration.
While on the freeway at around 80miles/hour, for about 1.5 - 2 secs, I feel a sudden loss of power after which the car kicks back in gear and I can
feel the engine as if it chokes and comes back to normal. No warning lights, or anything.
Same thing while I upshift to the 2nd. I cannot figure it out for the life of me. How do you diagnose such a problem? What do you do, go to the dealer and be open to charges of all sorts while they figure out what is wrong?
Please guys, if any ideas, give me a hint. It doesn't sound like a coil problem neither does it sound like a spark plug issue. Fuel pump filter?
Fuel itself?(tried premium, no change!)
#160 of 1143 Battery disconnects
Feb 23, 2004 (5:54 pm)
This is a question from someone who has never owned a VW. I heard a Beetle owner say that if he disconnects the battery, the computer loses its settings and must be reset by the dealer. I thought a battery disconnect would leave the computer in its default(factory) state. But a Golf owner confirmed the amnesia, saying his car goes into limp-in mode. Is this all true?
Mar 05, 2004 (7:27 am)
I have an Oldsmobile Alero and I know that if my battery dies or is disconnected, everything is still retained in the PCM (powertrain control module) and there is no need to make a trip to the dealer. However, Veedubs are pretty weird with electrical stuff, so I would contact your dealer or a VW mechanic in your area to confirm this. I would also ask on other VW boards like the Jetta board. It's pretty lively over there and there also many knowledgeable people there.
Apr 18, 2004 (12:58 pm)
Purchased a 2003 BEETLE GLX turbo convertible in late August 2003- first time I put convertible roof down it would not go up! In shop 10 days because they could not figure out the problem, had to get part, etc. etc. Rather timid about putting roof down again until today 4/18/04...Guess what? IT WILL NOT GO UP!!!!
Had a 1966 bug back in the day..sunroof was manual...everything worked beautifully...so much for electricity and progress.. HAS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCED THIS CRAP!!!!