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Volkswagen New Beetle, Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Convertible
#379 of 436 Re: stupid car. [maggie26]
Apr 21, 2008 (1:55 pm)
I also have a 2003, Beetle convertible, perfect condition, garage kept since new, 19k miles, my window is coming loose from the material for no apparent reason. Customer service claims they have no problems in this area, then I went to this forum and finding all kinds of problems, the window is going to fall out. I Took it to dealer they didn't even look at it, they said you need a new top!!! can't fix it, not covered under warrantee, and your out of warrantee anyway, they aggravated the hell out of me! I'm not spending $2475, on new top, called insurance company, thinking that maybe some one tried to kick it in, they said put a claim in see what adjuster thinks, still a $500 deductible. This should fall under the lemon law but good luck with that its like fighting City Hall, Is there a manufacturer out there that stands behind their cars German engineering my butt!! They have to know about the fabric shrinking and pulling away from glass, how hard would it be to engineer that factor into the design, I will never buy a VW of any model. I'll figure out how to fix it myself.
#381 of 436 bug window falling out
Jun 11, 2008 (1:58 pm)
Your problem with the window is not just related to vw beetles. all new convertibles went to the new one piece top with window built into it, all of them are falling out not just yours. The coast is higher because it has the defroster glass build into the top and it is a canvas top material. You may be able to get a Trim shop to regue it if it is not all the way out of the top. You may also get a replacement top for alot less money than the factory. Then I suggest you sell it as fast as you can the top not going up is just out of time and is not a big deal just takes a few minutes to reset.
Aug 11, 2008 (8:16 am)
Is there any more information I need to know about the clips? I will go to a dealer today and request it. No one seems to think it can be glued back. I would love to be able to fix this problem for ten bucks!!
#383 of 436 Re: bug window falling out [bugdude]
Aug 11, 2008 (8:31 am)
How do you reset? I am encouraged that this is not a big problem. I thought I was going to need to replace the top AND the mechanism at a quote of $8,000.
I have had many beetles. The diesel 2002 was a true LEMON!! I spend as much on repairs as the car cost new! Now this problem with the 2004 convertible is very disheartening. I don't think I can afford to buy any more beetles or any VW product ever again. I also have a Toyota convertible and I have never had any problems with it.
#384 of 436 Re: bug window falling out [bugdude]
Aug 14, 2008 (4:12 pm)
have you had any experience re-installing the rear flap assembly (driver's side)? dropped the top last night, heard a crunch, before I knew it, the plastic backing w/ all the moving parts was toast ($110) along with the plastic ball end joints on the actuator rod that connect the flap to the motor (of course, you can't buy just the ball joints, had to replace the entire rod assy $50); if you have, is there an adjustment on this tiny "tie rod" I need to worry about? oh yeah, my rear window is falling out as well.....
#385 of 436 rear flap assemby-04beetleconv
Aug 20, 2008 (10:31 am)
I had both rear flap assemblies do exactly what yours did last year. I have an '03. Mine were going to cost $650 each to replace and of course the warranty had expired two months previous. I got in touch with VW and made the argument that these parts should have been better made and after much back & forth they replaced both flaps at N/C. About two months ago the rear passenger window stopped working and had to be replaced ($450). Now two weeks ago the top stopped going down all the way. The dealership charged me $55 to tell me that it needs further investigation and that either the left or the right motors that takes the top up and down need to be replaced. Maybe $700 plus. I'm sure both sides will need to be replaced as it's been my experience that left & right on everything needs to be replaced. I've been very disappointed in the so-called German engineering of this car. But my back window is still in place.
#386 of 436 Re: rear flap assemby-04beetleconv [tobysmom]
Aug 24, 2008 (4:57 am)
Thanks for the reply. It ended up not being a major ordeal; The hardest part was removing the body component from the flap assembly, but the flap assembly is held in place w/ 2 - 4mm head hex head set screws; the sliding cover (slightly forward of this flap assembly) had to be manually held back to access one of the screws, but, once the existing broken assembly was removed, the new assy slid right in and bolted up; I popped the body part back onto the flap assembly, installed the cam rod assembly, and it works like a champ. Still not happy about it breaking to begin with, but the wife really likes the car.......still need to address the rear window trim popping out...
#387 of 436 Re: bug window falling out [bugdude]
Sep 24, 2008 (5:45 pm)
It's nice to know that I don't have the only 2004 lemon. Everyone in my dealership knows who I am by name. Just discovered the window falling out the top. I am being told by a top shop that it has to be replaced because the pocket isn't deep enough to reglue and the shrinkage makes it impossible. Of course it is out of warranty. This just 'tops' the list of issues with this car. Every time something breaks I have to bring it back 3 to 4 times before they get it right. I have been through 3 head lights including wiring harness (but get told I don't have electrical problems even though the wiring harness' are burnt out), 3 batteries, 3 driver side door window regulators, the rods and clips in the top have broken multiple times (including the first week I had it). Then the icing on the cake, the last recall for the air bag sensors, I have to put in a claim to be paid back, because I already had to replace those. I love the idea of my bug and I do love to drive it, but I will not by another VW, I was just saying today, if this is German Engineering, they can keep it. I would rather have my 1981 Chevette back!
#388 of 436 Replacing the top
Sep 25, 2008 (8:46 am)
The VW dealership in Jackson, MS told me it would cost $4,000 to replace the top and $8,000 if the mechanism also had to be replaced. As it turned out, both had to be replaced, being just out of warranty, so I found a local person recommended to me by a VW buff who restores bugs. He replaced the top at his home garage and the mechanism for under $2,000. I would recommend to anyone facing this problem to find a local person who specializes in VWs or maybe foreign cars to recommend someone to replace the top.
I just got rid of a 2002 VW Turbo Diesel which I can honestly say was a true lemon and should have been turned in as such. I took a beating on it financially and would have paid someone to take it off my hands. I won't be buying anymore VW products; I won't even buy a German made product. I have owned numerous VWs and an Audi and I will never own another.