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#370 of 1143 2006 Beetle Convertible....
Sep 05, 2005 (7:49 pm)
Hello everyone, I'm a Newbie here, just wondering whether anyone has any experience with the 06 Rag Top?? I see they've made some Body changes, the Fenders, front and Rear Bumpers mainly, also, they now have the i5 Cylinder Motor, which delivers 150hp and by all accounts is much smoother...??
The reason I'm asking is that my Wife has a 2000 GLS and she loves it, she just wants a Rag Top...I didn't even know VW had made all those changes on the 06(The interior is much different too) untill we went to the Dealership to buy one today...
Incidentally, they only had two in stock, kind of a Dark Pewter/Silver color with black interior and a 1 Package, which includes the Power Top, Electric Seats, upgraded sound system and a Wind deflector....which apparently is essential at freeway speeds....
One thing is Bugging me (excuse the Pun), my Wife's Beetle is as-new, very low smileage,(She only drives 4 miles to work) new Tires a couple of months ago, Dealer maintained etc etc...I hate to Give it away to the Dealer...
Anyway, back to the reason for my Post...anyone any thoughts on the new 06 Convertible?
#371 of 1143 Re: None of the brake lights are working [whitecd]
Sep 05, 2005 (7:57 pm)
The same thing happened to my Wife's 2000 Beetle, it was the Solenoid...a cheap part, you just have to find out where it is, it's normally a little black Plastic Box that Plugs in....ours was fixed under warranty so I can't help you locate it unfortunately....
#372 of 1143 Re: 2001 VW Beetle BRAKES [kim727]
Sep 05, 2005 (8:04 pm)
34K is pretty good for a set of Brakes, especially if you do a lot of stop/start driving....it could just need new Pads??
#373 of 1143 Re: Brake making weird noises [anita_083]
Sep 06, 2005 (5:04 pm)
I had a similar problem with Nissan Maxima. Light application of brakes resulted in this grinding noise. Heavy braking was normal. The brake pads were contaminated with wax from using car wash soap. Replacing the pads and sanding the brake rotors with 100 grit sandpaper took care of the problem for good.
#374 of 1143 Re: Brake making weird noises [p100]
Sep 06, 2005 (6:03 pm)
Thanks p100, I've brought it to the mechanic so I really do hope its only a brake pad problem.
Sep 06, 2005 (6:06 pm)
Does anyone know whats a "normal" range of mpg for Beetle automatic? I have a 99 GLS and its drinking gas like there is no tomorrow .... I drive in highways and my Beetle can only go up to 24mpg, which I think is pretty bad comparing to the Honda accord I used to drive. I am thinking of tuning up the engine, but I am not too sure that will help either. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance
#376 of 1143 Engine power fades 5th speed 80mph problem
Sep 11, 2005 (9:47 pm)
99 New beetle. 117.000km, manual.
Mass Air Flow Meter replaced under warranty extension.I replaced the pre catalyst oxygen sensor 2 days ago myself. Engine runs like new. But:
At 80mph on the freeway, my engine looses all power for a second or a second and 1/2, only to kick back in gear with a kick in the seat. 3rd time in 2 days and it only happened 3 times in 2 years I had the car, before the oxygen sensor replacement. I replaced the sensor since it was diagnosed faulty, the car gulped gas and I was lacking power.
What is your advice here folks because my guess is ...electrical but i don't know where. The problem is in the 5th speed only. It is not of steady reocurrence but random and there never was
any "CHECK ENGINE" light any time this happened, before or after the MAF or Oxygen sensor replacement.
If you can picture my dilemma give me a hint please, I don't know where to start.
#377 of 1143 Re: Beetle mpg [anita_083]
Sep 12, 2005 (8:07 am)
Anita, there may be many causes for the car eating so much gas. First it is the Mass Air Flow Sensor. If faulty, it can work randomly and open the valves at times not needed and make the engine consume. Oxygen sensors, are another cause but this is only if the car has been on the road for some miles and a couple of years. One thing certain is that the advertised mpg on the decker sticker when you buy it is not going to be matched by your car. Meaning Beetles consume more. The engines are oil guzzlers also because this is how they were engineered and they consume oil that passes in the catalyst and damages it in the long run.
What exactly do you mean by "tuning up the engine"? Be careful, you can open youself to unpredicted costs that tont really tackle the core of your problem. You must find out where the problem lies but do that with a mechanic friend. Meaning someone you know who is competent and wont fry your wallet in diagnosis labour hours. Going to the dealer for this type of problem makes you prone to all kinds of unneccesary costs.
#378 of 1143 Re: Want a New Bug [maggien]
Sep 12, 2005 (5:01 pm)
I do have a 2001 1.8t Beetle...i have had so many problems with it. My beetle has been to the dealship for service i think about 9 times already and going again this week. these are the problems i have/had:
1. waste gate had to be replaced . They sold me the car that way thinking i was a chick and i wouldnt know....well i do mechanical work on my car and i knew something wasnt right, and that was just the begining.
2. The gas lid wouldnt open everytime i needed gas i actually had to pry it open. Wow was that interesting.
3. I have this weird rubbing noise in my front end. I had it to be "serviced" 7 times already and going on #8. They claimed at first it was my A/C compressor and harness. They replaced it and still made the noise. Took it there again and they replaced the sway bar bushing. Yea u guessed it still broke. And know they say they cant fix because they dont know whats wrong with it. I love those Vw service guys. ( can u tell im pissed by now)
4. I would go get gas and same grade same amt. when gas prices were the same and the pump would stop at $18 when i know my car would take $26. When i turned the car on it would only read 3/4 full. I had to take it there twice for that and finally was fixed.
#379 of 1143 please help...anyone
Sep 13, 2005 (7:20 am)
I did post a message here yesterday about my 2001 1.8t new beetle. I am having this really bad rubbing noise in my front end. It only happens when it wants to basically. I can feel it when im driving and I can definately hear it. It gets louder the more i drive my car. I have also had many many other problems with this car already in the 6 months ive had it. It is used but only had 53000 miles on it. I have taken it to my VW dealership and they have "tried" to fix it 7 times already. Now they tell me they cant fix it. They dont know what the noise is, they say it also maybe my tires but i know they're not because i rotated them and i still have the noise in the front end. Please help!!!!!!