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#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.
#860 of 1143 Re: New Beetle not starting or stalling on startup [bckermit]
Sep 03, 2007 (4:58 am)
I have the same exact problem and thought I was crazy. I have just had the cat. converter replaced as the wrong one was put in. For a week it ran great and we didn't think this was the problem anyway. But yesterday it did it twice to me. The dealership thinks it may be the ignition reader coil which will be my next step. It also could be related to the fact that my unauthorized key entry light comes on sometimes when I am having start problems. This has been going on for a year now. Let me know if this helps.
#861 of 1143 Re: Looking for a little piece of mind here... [arch07]
Sep 03, 2007 (6:36 am)
Thanks to the two posters who responded to my rant. I agree with the human nature thing and everything. I think the NB I got has been taken care very well, I plan to take this car up to 200,000 miles before it's done, with a mild investment it should happen.
#862 of 1143 Re: help-after every maintenance, repair, new problems [becksbug]
Sep 05, 2007 (4:45 pm)
hey there beck. at 200 miles per day the car should be costing about $100 per day... about 50 cents per mile - maybe a bit less - check the "TCO" pages. so if you drive only weekdays, that's 52000 miles per year. so it ought to cost you about $25k per year to operate. maybe $20k. including insurance/depreciation/everything...
the car should never stall like that of course. something is rotten if it stalls and you are right to suspect the previous service. dealer would have charged a lot more than $600 for that work, i bet.
#863 of 1143 What is going on with this alarm ??
Sep 06, 2007 (4:29 pm)
I know there have been a few threads about randomly sounding alarms on 2001 beetles..well.. I have one. My 2001 GLS 2.0 with 99,000 that I have only had for a little over a week sounds the alarm at nighttime or dusk only!
I can have it armed all day at work, then take it home at night and about 6pm or so it goes off, I can shut it off by pressing the unlock button on the remote, but a while later it may go off again. I just took it to the dealer for 2 days and they thought it was some wiring issue to do with the radio, I picked it up and at 5pm it goes off.
Has anyone had similar problems...please let me know..can I simply have them unhook the alarm all together?
#864 of 1143 Re: What is going on with this alarm ?? [mrrk47]
Sep 06, 2007 (6:19 pm)
you said ... I can shut it off by pressing the unlock button on the remote, but a while later it may go off again.
Are you suggesting that the alarm will go off again EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT ARMED?? (the doors are unlocked)
#865 of 1143 Re: What is going on with this alarm ?? [bpeebles]
Sep 06, 2007 (7:28 pm)
No, if I leave it unarmed it will not sound, if I re-arm it after shutting off the alarm it may go off again while armed. Sorry for the confusion..
#866 of 1143 Re: What is going on with this alarm ?? [mrrk47]
Sep 07, 2007 (6:31 pm)
OK- at least that makes some sense.
I know this much, the alarm will sound if ANY of the following are sensed as being opened.
*) Any Door
I am suspecting that one of the micro-switches that sense the above may be the culprit. It may be very difficult to isolate the problem. You may have more luck using the process of elimination.
Since you did not mention that the indicator on dash which shows Doors and Trunk open has not been seen while driving... I am suspecting that the switch on the hoodlatch may be suspect. (because there is no indicator on the dash for it)
Try this, with alarm set... try to wiggle/jiggle the hood open and see if you can trigger the alarm.
Another thing you can try is to bypass the hoodswitch with a jumper. Leave jumper in place for several weeks to see if that fixes the problem. The hoodswitch is pretty easy to get at while the other switches are burried inside the body-panels. This is another reason to isolate that one first.
#867 of 1143 Re: What is going on with this alarm ?? [bpeebles]
Sep 09, 2007 (7:55 am)
in my experience this sort of failure is inevitable with car alarms. you might consider locating out which wire to cut in order to disable the alarm's power forever, and cut it. i've had to do this in the past, but not for a VW.
(i think car alarms are essentially useless and far more trouble than they are worth).
#868 of 1143 Anyone have good experiences with NB's
Sep 10, 2007 (8:50 pm)
Hello I'd like ask a few owners of New Beetle's if they or people they know have positve reports and good ownership experiences with this good little cars,....that brings up a question, are they good cars? I understand that these forums are mostly for disgruntled owners who want to share their bad electrical systems, stuck-on headlights, and faulty power windows with the rest of us, but are their Beetle owners out there who have owned one of these for a while and have gotten a good one?
I just bought an used 2001 GLS,auto that seems to a diamond in the rough...after 400 miles of my use that is. It has 99,000 miles on it and according to the carfax and various records I have has had it's small share of the problems...brakelights, window motor replaced, but that's largely it. It had a radiator replaced at 99,000 miles, but isn't that kind of expected?
Does a car have to be a Honda or a Toyota to last a long time and provide reliable service? I do read the Toyota forums because I am also a Camry owner and it has had it's share of bad PUB recently, but it still retains that gleeming reputation of great reliability with the public at large.
Can I expect to get to 150,000 miles or more without a terrible multi thousand dollare repair bill. Thanks for reading my post .