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#435 of 1143 Re: cutting remotes [gerziebaker]
Oct 23, 2005 (7:08 am)
I need to know more on your situation in order to provide you with additional help.
1. What year is your car?
2. If the remote works, I assume you had it purchased from a part dealer, a scrap yard or the VW dealer itself and refitted a new or old blade. Where does the key blade come from? Was it cut from a blank you purchased from the net, was it cut from a dealer supplied blade or was it one that you previously had (like a damaged 2nd key) ...? Give me more info about the origin of the metallic key blade. Jetta beetle and passat key blades were simmilar but not the same. If you got a jetta or passat blade blank (by accident), cut it for a beetle and refitted it, your car will not start.
There is no truth in what the dealer tells you unless this is a 2006 car equipped with a new sistem I know nothing about. The 2006's are relatively improved and redesigned vechicles and might include different components or systems.
#436 of 1143 Re: cutting remotes [gerziebaker]
Oct 23, 2005 (7:21 am)
Second question I just noticed and forgot to address. You are saying the new blade will not start the car and then that it quits running. If it cannot start, how does it quit running? Please be more specific on which blade we are talking about and if we are talking about a second blade cut after a first one that used to start the car and quit running ... But then again, how did you manage to drive the car? I am confused.
#437 of 1143 Brake Light Problem
Oct 23, 2005 (12:37 pm)
I own 2001 NB with 15K miles. I have owned it since new with zero defects or problems. I am new to this forum because I now have a problem. The passenger side brake light is out. No warning on the instrument panel. The tail light works fine. I have a new bulb (assuming that is the problem). How do you access the tail light to change bulbs? Could this be another problem? Thanks.
#438 of 1143 Fuel Pump
Oct 23, 2005 (1:29 pm)
Before i fire off a letter to VW, i need to question all if they have experienced a fuel pump failure on a beetle. My wifes 02 (GL) quit running when she was 80 miles from home resulting in a $360 towing charge. Upon replacement at the local VW dealership ( $545.00) i requested to see the failed pump. The mechanic informed me that it had developed a film (varnish) ? that blocked the flow. He recommended adding a product (stablizer ) to the gas tank.. Any one else ?
#439 of 1143 Re: Fuel Pump [pre]
Oct 23, 2005 (8:50 pm)
The pump failure has one cause only. The fuel filter. Pumping gas for a couple of years clogs up this car's filter and creates an injection vacuum to the engine which blocks the pump from delivering fuel to the engine at the optimal flow. That is ok for city driving, but on the freeway, the pressure is higher and the pump is over solicited which causes failures ...sometimes. Simptoms are: acceleration lags, engine hesitation and check engine lights to appear before the failure.
Replacing a fuel filter is $14 and is like cheap insurance. The filter is located under the car, before the rear wheel (passenger's side) and is fitted with easy fit connectors at both ends. That means it takes you 10 minutes to replace it yourself.
Unless your car is under the basic comprehensive warranty, firing a letter to VW will do little but make them aware since they will claim lack of scheduled maintenance (which obviously includes fuel filter replacement at every 20k miles/30 months diesel engines and 30k miles/48 months gasoline engines) Be aware of pitfalls like these, threaten them with BBB and be persistent. You never know, you might have a decent shot at this.
#440 of 1143 Re: 99 VW beetle wont start or go from park to drive [bmcneill]
Oct 24, 2005 (8:52 am)
Just thought maybe this would help, I own a 99' and had the same problem, there is a switch underneath the brake that gets stuck so it doesn't feel the pressure of the brake going down. All you have to do it pull it out and then it snaps back into place be aware it snaps back fast. (Not a mechanic just a bug owner)
#441 of 1143 Re: vw new beetle tdi reliability [df2]
Oct 25, 2005 (12:46 pm)
I have a 2002 Beetle that has had numerous problems over the years, but this is the final straw. I've had two Beetles now and my husband just tells me I'm a glutton for punishment...
Both this Beetle and my last one had the sensor defects, which is now a widely know problem due to a defective part. I only found out about this by doing searches on the Internet. Problem is, my first Beetle was a 2000 and the problem wasn't fixed by the time that lease ran out and I foolishly bought a 2002! I even filed a Lemon Law complaint with Massachusetts with my latest Beetle because of the sensor problem, but that just made VW fix the sensor before the Lemon law deadline.
First Beetle had problems with the oil light coming on before it was even due for an oil change and I also had the window problem that they later acknowledged and took care of, but not until I had to pay out money and be without a car for almost a month each time. Second Beetle has had brake problems, sensor problems and now a leaking problem that they tell me isn't under warranty!
After a heavy rainstorm last week the car had about two inches of water on the floors. My first thought was that the windshield was leaking so I took it to a glass company to get that checked. They told me that the problem was with the sunroof drain tube and looked like a manufactureresso I brought it to the VW dealer because it was still under warranty. Of course I only assumed this was covered because it seemed to be a defect. They told me today that it will cost $95.00 just to check it out and that water leaks are not covered. I asked them how I would know that a drain tube that is completely covered inside the car could be clogged and they acknowledged that I couldn't possibly know, but it still wasn't covered.
Does anybody know if there is any recourse with this issue and the fact that is is not covered by VW warranty? I'm tired of having so many problems that turned out to be defects and VW does not acknowledge the defects until much later. I'm willing to fight this to the end this time, I just don't know where to start.
Thanks for any advice...
#442 of 1143 Re: temperature light in 2003 keeps coming on [mvw1977]
Oct 25, 2005 (2:03 pm)
I have a 2000 that is doing the same thing. The thermostst was changed and still the same thing. It was also sugested that the air was not all taken out of the line. Have you had any luck yet??
#443 of 1143 2000 Beetle over heating
Oct 25, 2005 (2:11 pm)
I have had the thermostat changed(by a mom and pop shop) and when I took it in it was over heating after being driven for 5 miles or so. I picked it up and it is still over heating and now my heater will not blow hot air. He also tested the old thermostat after I brought it back and it will open if put in hot water. He is thinking head gasket. I do not think so . The car runs great no problem with power loss. I did not run it after the light came on and no sign of coolant in the oil. He test drove it until the blue light went off indicating it was warm and let it sit and run for 10 more minutes and he said it did not over heat. Any Ideas????
#444 of 1143 Re: vw new beetle tdi reliability [mixuone]
Oct 25, 2005 (6:39 pm)
Hi. I wish I had known about this forum before I bought my 2004 Beetle Convertible GLS Turbo 0 Automatic Tiptronic. I bought it through a friend of my boss who had bought it for his wife for Mother's Day in 2004. 6 Months later she was tired of it and bought a Mercedes CLK convertible. I happened to be in the market for another car as my 95 Mercedes E320 was starting to cost a lot of money in repairs. The car only had 6600 miles on it and considering the high blue book was over $25,000, I only paid $21,700 for the car. Now for the problem. My car is getting only 16 miles per gallon city driving which is the kind of driving I do. My commute is 12 miles roundtrip. I have consistently checked the mileage and it is always around 15.59 or 16. 2 miles per gallon. I took it out on the highway set the cruise control to 65 mph and only got 20 miles to the gallon. I had a Fuel Consumption Test done by the dealer and they said the computer shows "no faults" which means everything is operating correctly and basically there is nothing they can do. The brochures say it is supposed to get 22 city and 20 highway. I realize those are EPA estimates and do vary and in fact, most people I know no matter what kind of car they have do not get the mileage advertised. However, I think 16 mpg is very poor mileage and I am ready to sell the car. I only have 7400 miles on it but after reading about all the other problems these cars seem to have, I am sorry I bought it.
Does anyone out there have a Turbo Convertible Automatic Tiptronic who is having similar problems. They say misery loves company. I have a friend with a regular Beetle and a Turbo and he said he is barely getting 18 mpg. Everyone tells me the turbo uses more gas. Well if that is true then why are they advertising 22 city and 29 Highway.
I have had only one other problem and the airbag safety light guy came on and wouldn't go off. They said they had to replace the whole part which is located under the front bumper of the car. It was covered by the warranty. However, I am seriously thinking of cutting my losses and dumping the car. It is gorgeous to look at. It is fully loaded. It has the leather seats, dual front and dual side airbags, leather trim. The original owner paid almost $29,000 for the car. I think this is one very overpriced vehicle.
Incidentally, I just shot off a letter to VW expressing my disappointment over the lousy mileage. I don't expect any results but I did get it off my chest.
Anyone who would like to respond - all replies will be welcome.