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#604 of 1140 Re: 04 Beetle Convert. Airbag Sensor Light Problem [bamakrys]
Jun 08, 2006 (4:12 pm)
This is exactly the kind of comment I've been looking for about the new VW Airbag sensor light staying on. We purchased a used 2004 VW from a dealer in Durham, NC and this problem showed up about 3 months later. They are telling us that they will need to remove the driver's seat, take it apart to fix the faulty switch, put new fabric on the seat and then reinstall it, all of which can't be done at the dealership, at a very hefty price. I'm worried about putting this much more time and money into the car, but realize that it is a bigger issue if the airbags won't deploy. Does anyone know of another cheaper solution in this area? Thanks!
#605 of 1140 Re: Shifter problems [bugger3]
Jun 15, 2006 (3:28 pm)
I just had my switch replaced yesterday, the second one. There is a recall out for the switch. I would make them give you your money back, my second one was no charge.
#606 of 1140 Re: red light flashes [bugme]
Jun 16, 2006 (7:13 am)
its just the engine temp. blue is cool, red is warm.
#607 of 1140 Re: Air bag warning light [spot2]
Jun 16, 2006 (7:16 am)
my 04 had the same problem. vw knows about it and replaced the switch.
#608 of 1140 Re: 04 Beetle Convert. Airbag Sensor Light Problem [jpuncmom]
Jun 16, 2006 (7:17 am)
is a faulty switch. vw dealer replaced and everything was fine. was under warranty. ck w/a diff. vw dealer.
#609 of 1140 Re: cause its a hatchback [lngtonge18]
Jun 17, 2006 (2:16 pm)
Perhaps someone on this board can help answer a question for me. My first car was a 1969 VW Beetle, and I've always wondered what was the horsepower on the 1,500cc engine?
Does anyone know where or how I can get info on the old Beetle in general?
Bob from Valley Stream, Long Island
#610 of 1140 Re: cause its a hatchback [bobny57]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 17, 2006 (3:58 pm)
Edmunds did a nice article on "VW Generations" that you might find interesting. Here's the link
VW History From Edmunds
#611 of 1140 Re: cause its a hatchback [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 17, 2006 (6:28 pm)
Thank you very, very much Mr. Shiftright!! Talk about answering a question in a timely manner.
I loved the Edmunds article and finally found out after all these years that I had only 53hp! And I never felt like my car was underpowered over 109,000 miles and ten years of joyful ownership. Could it be that all this horsepower mania we see today is overdone? Could we really be happy with base engines that accerate to 60mph in 9.0 seconds? Why not? Think of the oil saved.
#612 of 1140 What should I do?
Jun 17, 2006 (10:30 pm)
WE have a 2002 Beetle with 45,000 miles. We had the car for a year and a half with no problems but....now it has been in the shop 3 times in the past few months. First the brake sensor went bad and the car wouldn't go out of park. Fixed under warranty. Next the alternator went bad. Fixed under warranty. Then the catalytic converter went bad. Fixed under warranty. Now I am very worried about the car due to all the recent problems with relatively low mileage. Are these signs of things to come and should I just go ahead and sell it? Any opinions?
#613 of 1140 Re: What should I do? [chadrapp]
Jun 20, 2006 (6:50 am)
SELL IT! Before you get to 60k, plan on replacing the water pump and the fuel pump. They are both expensive. Beetles typically start falling apart around 50,000 miles. I was so relieved to get rid of mine. I would not drive a VW again if they paid me. The whole experience was miserable (buying, servicing, customer service, etc...)