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#541 of 1143 'Thud' coming from underneath my Beetle
Mar 14, 2006 (9:52 am)
I have a 99 2.0 GLS with 48K miles, bought new in 1999. For the past few months I've been hearing a 'thud' coming from somewhere underneath the car. It's more prominent on bumpy roads. I took the car to a VW mechanic and they put it up on the rack...they said the only thing that looked as though it needed attention were the lower ball joints. There was some "slack" in them...I was told. Everything else looked good from what the mechanic told me. Today, I had the lower ball joints replaced. As I'm driving home from the autoshop...I hear the familiar 'thud' again. I was really hoping that replacing the ball joints would have taken care of that annoying thud...I guess not. Does anybody have any other ideas as to what might be causing this 'thud'? It's kind of a hollow-sounding thud, if that helps any. The mechanic checked the entire underside of the car and said everything looked nice and tight...except those ball joints which they replaced. Any ideas??? Thanks!
#542 of 1143 Re: Interested in a beatle [lestat520]
Mar 15, 2006 (12:16 pm)
Read consumer reports. AS for problems with these cars, I do not have enough room here to list them all.
#543 of 1143 Purchasing 99 New Beetle
Mar 15, 2006 (5:49 pm)
The salvage yard I keep books for just got in a 99 New Beetle that side swiped a semi. They are fixing the damage ( side panels and fender, nothing damaged in motor area or frame). They want $6000 for it and I am considering buying. The problem I find when test driving it, is an occassional jerk (as if driving too slow in a fast gear). The guys can't seem to get it to do it, just me but they say it is because I'm a woman imagining problems. What do you think about price and what could the jerk problem be? Thank you in advance to anyone who answers.
#544 of 1143 Re: Purchasing 99 New Beetle [dupiedog]
Mar 15, 2006 (7:58 pm)
Well, you don't say what motor or tranny it has. Mileage would tell us more about the price value ($6,000 might be tall money for that car). If you notice "an occaisional jerk" then it is real no matter what your co-workers say. If it's not operating properly, I wonder why the "Check Engine" Lamp isn't lighting up. Those CEL's seem to light up at the drop of a hat...Do ALL the dash lights light up when you turn the ignition on? They should...
#545 of 1143 Any improvements on 06???
Mar 15, 2006 (8:58 pm)
I know this is probably a silly question to ask...especially since I'm the owner of a 99 Beetle plagued with many of the problems discussed here on this forum, but...just out of curiosity...has VW made ANY improvements at all on the 06 models or in their customer service? My NB has been out of warranty for 5 years now, so for most of my problems I just take it to an autoshop that specializes in foreign car repair. The less I have to deal with my dealer, the better! However, I have been seriously contemplating the thought of trading in for a new car and have been pricing out the usual suspects...Mazda3, Scion tC, Civic coupe, Acura RSX, and yes...as much as it pains me to say this, the 06 Beetle. It seems they added lots more features ($$$) from when I got mine back in 99. How is the 2.5L 5cyl engine? Is it as troublesome as the earlier 2.0 and 1.8T engines? I keep telling myself that I would NEVER buy another VW, but here I am considering it! Should I listen to my instincts, and run far away from VW's?
#546 of 1143 Re: Purchasing 99 New Beetle [alanmargosian]
Mar 16, 2006 (5:28 am)
The car has a 5 speed stick shift and has 84000 miles on it. The only light that comes on is a water light but it goes off soon after starting the car. My employer is really pushing this car on me, he is having it "spit shined" and really praising the fact that he is "letting me have it under price". My first car (in 1974) was a Beetle and I'm afraid I will let myself get talked into buying this one and could be sorry. I know NOTHING about cars other than turn the key and go so I really appreciate your advice.
#547 of 1143 Re: Purchasing 99 New Beetle [dupiedog]
Mar 16, 2006 (11:47 pm)
My Beetle is a '99 GLS stick with 50k. miles. When you turn the ignition to the ON position, ALL the dash lamps should illuminate, then go dark except the blue TEMP light. If you know little about repairing cars, you should likely avoid this car. Of greatest concern is whether the 60k. mi. service has been performed. This entails the all important timing belt and tensioner changed. Beetles that don't get their prescribed maintenance in a timely fashion seem to exact their revenge in very expensive ways. If this car will have a "salvage" title appended to it, then it would be difficult to resell (and is worth FAR less than a regular used Beetle). Dealer service for these is can be quite expensive as it is. Personally, I am leery of purchasing other people's woes. Buying used Beetles are a real crapshoot as it is. Get as much information on this car as possible (including a CARFAX report). Proceed very cautiously, if at all...
#548 of 1143 Re: 2000 VW Beetle Red Temp Light [todd17]
Mar 18, 2006 (7:47 am)
I had the same thing. it was the level of the coolent went below the level of the sensors. I had to top off the coolent level and have not had it happen since.
#549 of 1143 Help with VW brakes
Mar 19, 2006 (10:14 pm)
Im having ptoblems trying to change my brakes the calipers on the brakes will not stay down long enough for me to install the brakes. I have the special tool to rotate and compress the calipers. Ive disconnected the fluid line and it still springs back before I can do anything. What am I doing wrong?
#550 of 1143 rear back up light change
Mar 21, 2006 (1:43 pm)
i have a 2001 vw turbo with a burned out back up light. does any one have a clue as to how to change this light?