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Volkswagen New Beetle, Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Convertible
#397 of 436 Re: First top problem [marconiusrex24]
Jul 18, 2009 (4:41 am)
The top flap on my beetle just came flying off in the parking lot a few days ago. I took the beetle to a dealership and they want $700.00 to repair. It seems to me that these cars have many common faults about them. The check engine light stays on, the window regulators are defective, and the air bag system has defects. That was another $250.00 dollar expense for replacement of the seat belt sensor. I am very disappointed in the mechanics of this vehicle. VW needs to acknowledge these recurring problems and recall the defective parts. If you hear about a suit, let me know. I believe that these complaints warrants attention.
#398 of 436 bad beetle'03
Aug 27, 2009 (11:06 am)
I have a '03 convertible turbo Beetle that is falling apart. My headlights do not work on a consistant basis, my right brake light is always out. I recently had to replace the mechanism for the rear window for the sweet price $1100 (and that wasn't even at the dealership!). The frosting on the cake is now the top is starting to pull away from the window. Granted my car is 6 years old but it only has 75k miles. My advice for anyone looking to own a VW Beetle convt, she may be a great car to drive but make sure you have a large savings for repairs costs!!
Aug 29, 2009 (1:16 pm)
I see a lot of problems on this post and really, c'mon, your cars are five and six years old. Unfortunately, owners are going to encounter issues. Does it stink that after 5 years there are repairs that need to be made? Yes. Is it 100% impossible to design for every situation/climate/owner? Another yes.
Another part that comes into play here is that quite a few of these vehicles are purchased used and no one can actually tell how the prior owner used the car. People get rid of cars for a reason, mostly because of issues that arise with it. It is definitely no fun to be the recipient of these problems.
#400 of 436 Re: bad beetle'03 [vwforbw]
Sep 01, 2009 (10:35 am)
I have the same year model and some of the same problems. I tied my back windows up so I wouldn't have to pay 1000's to get that repaired only to break again. The window pulling away can be fixed. I used Rhino glue, bought it online, let the top partially down and glued it sections at a time. I stuffed several blankets under the glass to hold it up. I let it dry a good while, I think it was 2 days. Then I sealed it with black caulk type stuff from Lowes. So far so good. I think I did it in June. In my opinion, an 03 car should not be having problems. I have always had Toyotas and Lexus' and now have an 04 BMW and never had problems. VW should have to pay for all of these problems but they won't. A car taken care of should last a long time.
#401 of 436 Re: First top problem [marconiusrex24]
Sep 02, 2009 (12:46 pm)
I would really be interested in a class action law suit!! My Beetle has 25,000 miles on it and the convertible top has pulled away from the back window. Rain gets in, I can't wash it, and now I'm afraid the window will fall out. VW says "it's no longer under warranty and they won't cover it". I say it's defective and their adhesive is bad. Everything plastic and/or rubber on my car has broken. The gaskets around the headlights and brake lights is melting!!! VW needs to take responsibility for their product.
After reading these forums I see a trend that I believe warrants a class action law suit. If anyone is interested or knows of one that is started please, please let me know.
These cars are not cheap, and VW should be held accountable for selling such a bad product at such a high price.
Sep 02, 2009 (5:36 pm)
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#403 of 436 Re: bad beetle'03 [imbatgirl]
Sep 07, 2009 (2:51 pm)
How did you tie up the backseat windows? My drivers side regulator just broke on my '05 NB Cabriolet and am not sure I want to spend $$ right now and want to keep nature out of my back seat for now, Thanks. I have the seat, trim and speaker removed right now.
Sep 07, 2009 (7:22 pm)
We used these small bungee cords. If you can send me your email, I can email you a photo.
Sep 07, 2009 (7:36 pm)
I can't get a picture tonight, its too dark out there. I'll get one in the morning.
#406 of 436 Re: First top problem [marconiusrex24]
Oct 19, 2009 (10:50 am)
I have a turbo new beetle convertable 05 and during my warranty had many prblems fixed- rear window falling out, broken parts on covertable, bad electrical issues, trunk latch, window motors ( 2 covered under warranty). Right out of warranty had transmission problems, additional window motors, and headlights/turnsignals going out. Good luck with VWOA-they too told me when I called to complain about their poor product-"no promises" I was called back and told- your issues are isolated, no other owners have come forward with the same concerns-and when I told them to go on the internet I was told that you can't believe everything you read on the internet!!! I will never buy another VW product-ever! I'm going back to Honda and Toyota-at least they stand by their product.