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Volkswagen New Beetle, Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Convertible
#334 of 436 Re: Buy a new one? [katyhy]
May 28, 2008 (8:13 pm)
I just leased a 2008 SE about 3 months ago. I have 2000 miles on it. I also own a 2006 VW Passat and used to work for VW (2 years ago). Quite honestly, I would never buy a VW without having a warranty.... I would also get rid of the car once it was out of warranty.
From what I have witnessed, you are really gambling with these vehicles. Don't get me wrong I love the fit and finish, the engineering, the styling, but when things go wrong they go wrong. Unfortunately, it is always expensive and if you are out of warranty you could be in real trouble. My passat has been a great car. No major issues. However, I have several friends and associates that have owned passats. Many have not been so lucky (endless check engine lights and other warnings). I like the passat and since I did work for VW, I was able to get a crazy deal on leasing the Beetle.
The Beetle has been good so far... I did take it into the shop for some squeaking coming from the steering column when I turned the steering wheel from side to side. This is all I have experienced so far. As far as I am concerned as long as the car is repaired under warranty (no cost to me) and it doesn't leave me stranded than I am good.
#335 of 436 2008 Beetle Convertible
Jun 29, 2008 (6:03 am)
I just purchaed a 2008 Beetle Convertible - SE model. Got it mainly for my teenage daughters, and also wanted a convertible as I haven't had one for years. The car is great....lots of pep, good brakes, comfortable seats and fantastic stereo. I did look at blogs etc. for VW Beetles, and it appears most of the problems were on earlier models. More recent models seem to be pretty trouble free. VW's are also fun to drive, so always take that into consideration when purchasing a vehicle. Look forward to many years of VW fun ---- and the new ones have a 4 year / 50,000 mile warrenty, so should not be a concern for a long time.
#336 of 436 2005 VW Convertible Beetle, 6 speed automatic, 2.0
Jul 27, 2008 (1:05 pm)
This is my third VW Beetle, and only my first Beetle convertible. My first new beetle was a 99, what a horror! Everything you can think of from the first month I bought that car can and went wrong. Three transmissions replaced to defective paint, front wheels locked, smoke pouring out of the dashboard and vents, etc. I was able to finally turn in the car with more than 6 months left on the lease. Only after suing VW Of America and Three County VW in NJ. The dealership sold me a brand new car that was involved in a front end crash. I switched over to Gensinger VW for service. They also helped me with the deposition.
In 2006, I had major issues with the power windows. VW people told me it was a change of climate from north to south. The extreme heat temperatures do effect a car more so than cold weather. Well, that me be the case, however the windows were still giving me a hassle when I moved back to the north east.
Approximately, one month ago, the alternator went on my beetle. I had to be towed and that was replaced.
Friday afternoon, I was driving on 95 South two hours from where I live and the battery light lit up. I naturally was concerned. I turned off the CD player and the air conditioner.
I stopped for gasoline and left the engine on, which I never do. I proceeded on with my driving back on the highway. The speedometer was stuck on 15. The battery light was diming and flickering. Then the convertible light was flashing next to the clock. My car seemed as if I had to push it, it had no pep. The rest of the lights on the dashboard lit up. The seatbelt, oil, ABS and brake light all lit up at the same time.
As I approached my destination the car speed was slowing down without stepping on the brake. My hazards wouldn't turn off, they were faintly flashing, the windows would just about roll down. The exhaust was making a humming sound and then you can hear it missing (timing was off), the exhaust system underneath the car was rattling, and there was a smell of rubber coming out from the hood of the car.
I pulled off the road and into a seafood restaurant. This is where my beetle just stopped all together. However, the hazards were still slightly flashing.
VW Roadside Assistance was horrible on Friday. The first time ever, I had a problem with them. I placed my call into them at 3:15 pm (EST), they didn't arrive until 6:30 pm. I was hoping that I could get my car towed to the VW dealership before they close at 6pm. NOT. Finally after my third request, they finally listened to me, because I was upset on the phone and they dispatched a new flat bed. Roadside Assistance gave me an excuse that the tow was called to an accident.
I bought my beetle brand new and it only has approximately 33,600 miles. I heard that these cars are famous for electrical problems. I hope whatever is causing these issues, that they find a solution soon. Needless to say, VW people will not be able to look at my car until Monday.
I was thinking that it may be the computer on the car or maybe the computer and the battery. Any ideas?
#337 of 436 Re: VW window motors/regulators [mgossett]
Oct 29, 2008 (3:33 pm)
Hi I have an even bigger problem with my 2004 convertible ...my top broke for no reason. - just 4 months out of warranty. They are telling me it will cost $8,000 to replace the entire top!!!!! I followed up with VW America and they came back with a very stingy $4,000 to replace it....can you believe that crap?
Anyway...what it the website you have outlined in your message above...the link does not work. I am interested in getting my own class action suit started for this problem.
#338 of 436 Re: VW window motors/regulators [marconiusrex24]
Oct 29, 2008 (7:29 pm)
Uh oh, this frightens me a bit as by wife just said that she is having problems with her top! I'm certainly not paying $8k to have it fixed. I think the car is going for trade in for a car that will actually not break every other day and one that doesn't cost a minimum of $1000 to get fixed no matter what it is.
Nov 16, 2008 (5:03 pm)
I, too have a VW Convertible and the top broke as well. It started that it was very difficult to lock the handle--almost impossible. I fotunately had a warrant on my NEWLY purchased 2004 VW Beetle. I have had many problems with this vehicle --the first two weeks--the thermostat failed...the windows wouldn't align..that is when I realized that the top may be out of alignment..they replaced the top--the receipt said 3200.00.
Now the little arm that lift the flaps up and down broke...which finally got the flap caught in the way of the top and broke off--ugh. How frustrating--eventhough I have warranty coverage ..it is so inconvenient to find time to take it to the dealership--to get repairs done.
Ever since the top was replaced the windows act strange..the guy at VW Serivce said ,"Oh , I jsut have to reset the windows.." He rolled the windows down..held the button down and then rolled them back up. I was waiting for him to say,m "There ya go little lady!" I drove away becasue there was a Category 3 Hurricane coming that day--so I crossed my fingers.
That was a month ago and now the windows have a mind of their own---jsut when the driver's side gets up to the top--it rolls back down--argh! I get so angry...
This car is cute and I have been wanting one since their release in 1996...but..ummm..my 1987 Honda Accord is more reliable! With it 's 217, 000 mileage.
Nov 16, 2008 (5:59 pm)
I actually have not had too many problems with this car over the 4 1/2 years I owned it. But with this now it seems like I am waiting for the next thing to fail. I still have not had the top fixed. I am contacting the better business bureau to file a complaint and am going to write to VW America to escalate the issue.
#341 of 436 CD problem with my 2006 VW Bettle
Feb 21, 2009 (7:42 am)
Since having my 06 beetle April of 06, I've had to have VW replace my radio three times because my CD players is constantly giving me CD error messages, kicking the CD out when I shut the car off but still listening the the CD ( i.e. pumping gas) , not reading CD's or having a CD get jammed inside the CD player.
Is anyone else having these same or similar issues?
#342 of 436 Bleeding the 2003 New Beetle Convertible Motor/Pump
Feb 26, 2009 (1:53 pm)
Anyone know how to bleed the New Beetle Convertible Motor/Pump? Is there a place/valve to bleed the air? Is it in the trunk?
Any help is appreciated!