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#850 of 1143 Volkswagen recalls nearly 800,000 cars!
Aug 21, 2007 (6:40 pm)
NEWS: Volkswagen recalls nearly 800,000 cars
Defective brake lights on Golf, GTI, Jetta, New Beetle and R32 are a potential safety hazard and should be replaced.
February 26, 2007 - Around 800,000 Volkswagen vehicles have been recalled Monday because of faulty brake lights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The 790,000 vehicles include Jettas, New Beetles, Golfs, GTIs and R32s...all in the United States.
The specific years and models affected are:
1999-2005 Jetta sedans
2001-2005 Jetta wagons
1998-2007 New Beetle
2003-2007 New Beetle Convertibles
1999-2006 Golfs and GTIs
The malfunctioning brake lights and brake light switches could fail to come on or remain stuck on.
This recall expands on one announced by the carmaker last year, when 362,000 Jettas and New Beetles were recalled due to the same defective part.
#851 of 1143 Re: alarm randomly going off [bpeebles]
Aug 21, 2007 (6:44 pm)
...I would be very surprised if the design is much different from the Gulf. The Gulf, Beetle and Jetta are all built on the same basic platform.
Uh...no the Gulf is not. However, the "Golf" is.
#852 of 1143 multiple posting of same thing!! [orbit9090]
Aug 22, 2007 (5:39 pm)
Please do not post the very same thing in multiple forums. Many of us are tracking ALL of the VW forums and have to read thru it multiple times.
Besides , this is ooolllddd news.... Anyone that has properly registerd their VW with VWOA will have already received their recall notice by now anyway.
#853 of 1143 Re: Road Trip [oldbug]
Aug 23, 2007 (7:52 am)
Hello, it seems that there are many technical/mechanical problems with Beetles . What about for the new cars with warranty? Is that a problem then? If that still is, what about paying the insurance options with all the highest coverage?
I really like beetles, but also don't know much about how to maintain a car. Please give me some suggestions! I really appreciate!
#854 of 1143 Re: Road Trip [wanwan]
Aug 24, 2007 (4:19 am)
Back in the 60's most cars were still simple enough for just about anyone that could turn a wrench to do most of the work needed; grease, oil, and filter change, wheel bearing repack, tie rod ends, exhaust & etc. New cars today are so technical that most of the work has to be done by propriotory mechanics trained by the manufacturer. For good reason I think! If everyone of us that came from the do it yourself generation of car owners tried to keep up on the technical aspects of repairing a car today, we'd be going to school during our retirement. There are tons of valuable resources on the web for reference. I always chose a car that I knew I had the expertise to maintain myself. For that reason, I have had fewer off the show floor cars than most people my age. If it was beyond my capabilities i.e. transmission repair or motor ovehaul, I would take it to a proffesional. Get a car that you can comfortably do the expected owner chores on and then take it to a professional for the rest. Always make sure that you observe the maintainence schedule and follow it precisely. New cars with warranty? That's fine as long as you trade the car for another before the warranty dies of old age. If your financial situation allows you to do that you may have nothing to worry about. I personally don't know many people that can keep buying new cars every two to three years. I don't know that Beetle have any more or less problems than any other model. The point is, if you are not comfortable accepting what comes with a used car, then by all means buy new ones with warranty.
#855 of 1143 help-after every maintenance, repair, new problems
Aug 31, 2007 (3:50 pm)
I bought my 03 Beetle used w/38,000 miles in May of 2006. within 2 months, had sensor light go bad, window motor go bad, then,replaced front and rear brakes (rotors and pads) and new tires. I now have 87,000 miles so just had the timing belt,water pump tensioner, spark plugs and trans flushed to the tune of $600.00. Since this was done 1 week ago, the car feels like it is not accelerating easily and stalled on me coming off the highway today. I called the repair shop about this problem I didn't have before bringing to them, he claims nothing wrong w/ timing, probably a fuel pump/filter and he'll have to look at it. I can't trust the dealerships as they don't know anything,can't trust this repair shop and can't get any info from VW, I have spent over $2000 in just over 1 year and am worried. Any body out there can guide me on what to do next? I Drive 100-200 miles a day and can't afford this car! Thanks
#856 of 1143 Re: class action anyone? [cokids]
Aug 31, 2007 (4:03 pm)
I agree, I thought I was getting a great car, the newest one I've ever owned - 2003 Beetle, and the cutest, but the most expensive! Can't contact VW, the dealerships are clueless except on taking you everytime you come in and the warranty doesn't cover the problems we are all afflicted with.
#857 of 1143 Looking for a little piece of mind here...
Sep 02, 2007 (1:55 pm)
Okay, it seems like the one of the major functions of carspace is to allow disgruntled owners of newer cars(Beetles and other makes as well) to vent their bad experiences to make those of us who haven't yet encountered problems with cars fear the next tick of odometer as it might be a multiple thousand dollars problem ahead. It seems to me any car if properly maintained( with fair money spent in the process) should last and work well.
I have just purchase an used 01' NB with 99,000 miles and it seems fine save for a touchy alarm that goes off at night at arour 11 pm. The carfax looked good and the dealership did an inspection and all that jazz....was this purchase a mistake?? I really wanted a Beetle, so I chose to buy for a dealer and was very picking about the one I wanted.......Is someone on here going to tell me that without a doubt there will be a 5,000 repair on the horizon.
#858 of 1143 Re: Looking for a little piece of mind here... [mrrk47]
Sep 02, 2007 (5:26 pm)
I sure hope noone is suggesting that!!
On these forums, you will read mostly BAD experiences from people who are disgruntled in some way. It is human nature to not say anything unless there is a problem. You should read these Edmunds forums whith this in mind.
VWs are very nice vehicles. VW would have gone out of business loonng ago if they were not. Lets keep things in perspective here.... VWs are sold in nearly every continent of this planet. The NorthAmerican (NA) VW market is MINISCULE compared to the rest of the world.
ALL vehicles have their share of issues/problems. These very forums are testamant to that fact.
The bigger problem with VWs here in NA is that decent repair shops are hard to find. There are not a lot of competent VW/Audi technition to be found. The result of this fact is overpriced repairs that may not fix the problem. (and may cause other problems)
Another thing about VWs (and German cars in general) is that the owners are EXPECTED to follow the maintainance schedules explained in the owners manual.
As a comparison... many Asian vehicles are designed for owners which generally ignore the maintainance schedules.... (You drive a reliable- but BOORING car)
#859 of 1143 Re: Looking for a little piece of mind here... [mrrk47]
Sep 02, 2007 (5:34 pm)
We (my wife) had a 2000 NB that we bought new and put 88K miles on it. The car never really had any problems to speak of. It had a power relay ($30) fail at around 80K. The car was maintained as per the maintenance schedule, by the local dealer. Properly maintaining any vehicle will cost a fair amount of money, but we feel its money well spent. I just traded the car this past May. I needed a pickup truck for the kind of work that I'm doing now and the Beetle just wasn't big enough. My wife has a 2006 NB that we also bought new. Now this vehicle has had some problems, mainly failure of the coil paks. It has had 4 failures in less than 12,000 miles. The dealer has repaired the car to factory specs each time, but obviously there is something wrong with the coils or something is causing them to fail. VW has directed the dealer to replace them each time, I think the dealer has to have authorization before they can repair a repeat problem. The reason that we bought another Beetle was due to the service that we got from the 2000 model. I think the future of the 06 NB will be determined by a court of law, since VW and I have a difference of opinion about the reliability of this vehicle.