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#175 of 795 Re: My New Beetle turned Doom on Wheels [cupidnlove]
Mar 10, 2010 (5:40 pm)
My story is similar to yours! My 2003 Conv. Beetle jumped into neutral today while I was taking it to a VW dealership.(First occurrance happened a week ago in town - have seen 2 mechanics for this problem in one week) I was on I-95 going 75mph and suddenly I was going 40 to 25 - 15 and in neutral. it was all I could do to get it over to the side out of traffic coming behind me. When I got to the dealership, they said they had never heard of this problem - and yet I read all of this!
When I got home tonight - in my delightful replacement rental car (the VW dealership did not have a auto for me to use) I called VW of US and they did not have a record of this problem. I agree - this problem is as serious as the Toyota issue and should be dealt with the same.
I am appalled that the dealership and the VW of US is not aware of this. For me - my days of owning a VW are numbered if at all. When I purchased this car (we have had SAAB's for 20 years and expect our cars to last) I intended to have this car for more than 6 years and with 63,000 miles on it. I do not know what the VW dealership will find or be able to even help with this problem since this seems to be a new one for them. I would like to move further on this issue and present this to some group that will be able to help. Please advise. Thank you!
#176 of 795 Re: My New Beetle turned Doom on Wheels [moanddon]
Mar 11, 2010 (4:54 pm)
Yeah I just took mine in today and emailed v.w. The guy was at least nice where I went. I also think it is appalling that these service writers say they have never heard of this issue. I feel bad for you. I only hope that they can fix this problem. I have forwarded v.w. information and some customer complaints from here and various other websites I suggest you or someone else do the same. They need to know that you have filed a complaint with ntsb and that you are aware that others are having the same issue as you. the only way to help yourself and others is to create a paper trail and e-mail the piss out of them with whatever information you find. also forward your complaint that you sent to v.w. to news media, radio, newspapers etc.Then forward those emails back to v.w. so that they see that you are sending this information out to others. This I think is one way to fight back and the only way they may finally listen. If everyone here did that we just may get somewhere together.Good luck I send one email sometimes two a day. I would have loved to see the look on the guys face that read one of my e-mails and realized I forwarded it to cnn. Till next time.
Mar 12, 2010 (4:55 pm)
I think I figured it out. I bet the problem is the transmission can't handle the turbo. I noticed starting in 2006, the beetle was made with a 2.5l engine and a tiptronic transmission.
Mar 14, 2010 (3:45 pm)
same thing happened to my 2004 vw beetle...on route 95 in NH and the car gears were all in brackets, and the car slowed to about 30...needed to get to the right lane and get off highway! I truly cannot believe that VW NorthAmerica has customer service personnel just telling us that it is our problem not theirs. Cars should not need new transmissions under 100K miles! It is surely a design problem that they will not own up to.....I would very much like a reimbursement from them for the $5,000 I had to spend on my car. WHAT CAN WE ALL DO ABOUT THIS????? I try to talk to VW North America but can get nothing from them. It is more than frustrating....look what is happening to Toyota....we need to keep these write ups going.
#179 of 795 Re: vw transmission [buggedout1]
Mar 16, 2010 (8:33 am)
I am curious if yours is a turbo also? As per the other persons thoughts who posted right before you. Mine is a turbo. Please let me know and yes we do need to make them fix these issues but how??
#180 of 795 Re: reporting back [sundevil77]
Mar 16, 2010 (8:48 am)
Well there certainly is ALOT of complaints on here to try to keep up with. I am wondering what you have found out, as I see its been about 3 months since you posted this. I have a 2002 turbo beetle with tranny problems...besides many others. Something has to be done!! Thanks for your reply
#181 of 795 Re: 99 Beetle transmission problem [68mgb]
Mar 16, 2010 (9:33 am)
Today I called our local Dick Hannah Dealership, talked to the manager. Told him my problem and of course they want 100.00 to diagnose the problem. Im so frustrated that I contacted our local News Paper, hopeful that they will research this out and write a letter in the paper. Maybe they can help get things done. I have contacted the NHTSA (if that is the correct abbrev.) Others have as well, What is it going to take!!! If I can barely afford the repairs, what makes them think I can afford to take it in just so that they can tell me what I already know is wrong?? WOW SO FRUSTRATED!!! SOMEONE HELP US!!! The value isnt worth more than the TRANNY REPLACEMENT!!
#182 of 795 2004 VW Beetle Wants something done!
Mar 16, 2010 (8:08 pm)
I purchased a brand new 2004 beetle in july of 04. Since I got the car I have problems, first the Windows would go down automatically or the power window feature would not work, the air bag light would go on, the dealership would tell me that it was my fault for not buckling up and waiting a few seconds before driving off, air bag light has been an issue atleast every 4-6 months, new battery 4 times since the car has been purchased, cracked fuel line (800 bucks), just recently had to replace fuses and battery because VW told me that I had a small engine fire and it melted my fuses(1000bucks), now my temp light comes on and tells me my engine is too hot. Got it checked out at Big O tire because they run the tests for free(VW is 125 bucks) they told me that my thermostast is going out and it needs to be replaced for 240 bucks. now my car is lurching and stalling, my RPM jumps to 4 even though im giving just a little bit of gas and going only 25 mph.My car has 80,000 miles on it and gets all its reg oil changes. I am extremely upset and need to know what everyone else is doing! I was reading about a law suit and a list. Please Please contact me as to how to join this fight against VW!
This is simply ridiculous!
-Angry Lil Bug!!
#183 of 795 Re: vw transmission [shaunnal]
Mar 17, 2010 (3:07 am)
No, my 04 is not a turbo. I am not sure on how to deal with this issue - I have made phone calls to VW North America. In one recent message here another person mentioned that they copied all the edmunds emails - great idea, maybe we all should copy and bring to the local VW dealer; and also send them to the executive offices at VW North America. The more copies the better for us, so that they see that it is most likely a design issue more than anything. The more copies for them then maybe they will act! Also, register the complain with the national transportation office.
#184 of 795 Re: reporting back [shaunnal]
Mar 17, 2010 (7:12 am)
I was told my VW was not worth fixing. I also couldn't deal anymore, the stress of it just wasn't worth it to me. I traded it in and bought a Honda Accord and feel so relieved to have my nightmare VW out of my life!! By the way, I had a 2005 beetle convertible (not turbo). It doesn't seem to matter, the trans go out on all models.