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#1 of 795 99 Beetle transmission problem
Mar 21, 2007 (5:39 am)
I have a 99 Beetle w/60M miles. Recently it sat for a month with a dead battery. When I charged the battery and began driving it i had transmission problems. At forst it would be shifting through 2nd and 3rd and would slip sending the rpm's up to 5-6M. After talking with several mechanics they said the computer needed to re-learn how to shift and to continue to drive it unless it worsened. It seems to have gotten better, but now when I go from park to drive it does not want to engage about half the time unless I take it to 3rd and back to drive. It feels like the shifter is the problem because you can move it up slightly from 3rd to drive and it will catch. I can take it to VW and pay their $100 diagnostic but wondered if maybe AAMCO would be better? Thanks!
#2 of 795 speedometer stuck
Aug 21, 2007 (2:38 pm)
My speedometer struggles to show accelaeration past 50 mph. It is a 2002 volkswagon automatic beetle. It is about 2 years old. There are no problems with acceleration or shifting gears. So far, the dealership has reported that a speed sensor and an instrument cluster replacement have not fixed the problem. They have recommended replacing the whole sensor transmission for $4000. Does anyone have any suggestions?
#3 of 795 My 04 bettle accelerates on its own?????
Aug 31, 2007 (1:43 pm)
I told the dealership of this problem and they said the mech. test drove it for 15 min. and saw nothing wrong! Will it does not happen all the time, maybe a few times a month and I have had a few scary situations and told the dealership again, and again the same excuse! I am scared to drive my car and have contacted the warranty dept. and they told me that it would cost them $1000's to find out the problem and they wont do it unless it is wittnessed by the mech. so I am soo upset that they wont check it out, its still under warranty and I wont stop here, I want my car safe and I will hold them responsible 100% if I end up in the back of someones car!!! I dont know who else to contact! I tryed looking online for a Corp. # and nothing! Please help!
#4 of 795 Transmission won't shift out of park
Oct 11, 2007 (6:12 pm)
The automatic transmission on our '02 Beetle won't shift out of park when the key is turned on. It appears to be an electrical problem, yet all of the fuses are okay. Any suggestions? Anybody else had this problem and how is it fixed? Thanks.
#5 of 795 Have only 3rd and 4th gears
Oct 18, 2007 (8:32 am)
I have a 99 vw beetle with 60,000 miles on it i have had a transmission replaced at 20,000. Recently were were driving along and went to downshift from whatever gear to second and hub said ohhhhh this doesnt feel good, well needless to say the only gears we have are what we believe may be 3 and 4 if you put it into reverse all we seem to get is a high forward gear. any ideas
#6 of 795 Re: speedometer stuck [lachica]
Oct 24, 2007 (2:53 pm)
I heard that teh powertrain has a long 100,ooo mile warranty if u r original owner
Oct 24, 2007 (3:05 pm)
98 beetle bought used for my daughter trany slips when put drive cold.Then is ok, speedometer doesn't register correctly and won't go over 55 mph falls back at around 55.
3 codes p0422 catalyst below threshhold, P0102 Maf or VAF low input, p1582 idle speed mixture,p0112 IAT sensor 1 low input.
So far new air filter, new fuel filter, cleaned MAF, I bought the gasket to clean the throttle intake but havn't doen it yet, think I need a new speedometer sensor but Haynes book says raise vehicle and access from underneath, I can,t find it from underneath car. Not sure I fair leak could cause po422 error or not.
Any ideas would be helpful
#8 of 795 '00 new volkswagen beetle transmission problems
Nov 18, 2007 (11:59 am)
'00 diesel beetle has a problem with acceleration. i know not to expect the same power from a diesel engine compared to a gasoline, however, this car does not shift on time, it does not gear down the way a car should , when pulling out of a corner, you have to ensure that there is nothing coming because there is no power. i had the car to VW dealer who told me that the engine is running fine but can't seem to figure out why the transmission is not responding. could someone help me out?
#9 of 795 So long Volkswagen...
Nov 28, 2007 (10:10 pm)
My 15 year love affair with Volkswagen has officially come to an end. I would like to scream from the roof tops that this company doesn't back their product and does not care if they lose loyal customers. And I will never buy another car from them again.
I leased a 2007 VW New Beetle in October of 2006. It is a 5 speed manual transmission. It has 10,000 miles on it to date. Thursday while attempting to drive up North to visit my family for Thanksgiving the clutch started skipping and a horrible smelling white smoke started blowing out of the car. We pulled over to see what was wrong, it finally stopped smoking and the clutch was barely working.
I called the local dealership Saturday morning and they say "bring the car right in". We bring it in and then they tell us "well, we don't actually have anybody who can look at it today but we'll see what we can do and call you". They call me at 5:00 p.m. and say "nope, didn't have anybody to look at it, it'll have to wait until Monday". So Monday in the middle of the afternoon they call us and say "we need your authorization for the $900 fee to take the car apart and look at it, it may be a wear and tear item and not covered under warranty". ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? 10,000 miles???? I have been driving a stick shift since I was 16 years old. I have leased two other New Beetles from Volkswagen and have never ONCE had an issue with the clutch. I KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A MANUAL TRANSMISSION. I'm sorry but if their product is so badly made that the clutch will burn out after 10,000 miles I have no interest in putting my life in the hands of Volkswagen.
We called the corporate office to complain. The corporate office didn't call back until the next day and told us we're out of luck, that's policy. Their policy is 12 months or 12,000 miles for wear and tear items. We've had the car for 13 months. They don't care that we've leased 2 other Volkswagens from them and have been a loyal, on-time paying, perfect lease returning customer since 2000. They have never had one single issue with us. And they would not even look at the car to see if it was a possible failure opposed to "wear and tear" unless we first fronted $900.
I am DONE with Volkswagen. Their product is NOT well made, they don't back their product and they care about profit and NOT keeping loyal GOOD customers. I am sad to see them go... I look back on my '68 and '69 Bugs, I look back on my 1990 GTI and I look back on my 2 New Beetles with fondness. But I WILL NOT deal with a company who isn't willing to work with GOOD customers.
#10 of 795 Beetle auto transmission issue when warm
Jan 06, 2008 (5:52 pm)
After driving 2004 Beetle more than 20 minutes, the 6-spd auto transmssion starts intermittently shifting badly for both upshifting and downshifting. VW service couldn't repro/resolve issue. Problem doesn't happen when cold or after sitting a while. VW service replaced the trans fluid/filter and problem still happens. Has anybody else experienced this? Any ideas?