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#194 of 795 Re: 99 Beetle transmission problem [tpadelford]
Mar 19, 2010 (9:23 pm)
ive finally had it with the beetle... my wife bought a 2005 vw nb on the 2006 brand new.. i never drove the car until it was about 15k miles, and i realize the transmission was slippin'.. i took it to vw dealership and they told me it was fine, i was outraged by it, so i made the mecanic drive the vehicle with me in it and he noticed the problem. long story short they replace my transmission with a brand new one and guess what ... nothing changed, same problem. ive been in that dealership more times i can count, i even talked to vw north america and they literally told me "we apologize, theres nothing we can do" WTF something NEEDS TO BE DONE..
#195 of 795 Transmission problems!!!!
Mar 19, 2010 (9:53 pm)
Im an owner of a 2004 automatic conv beetle! Ive had it with that car!!!! I purchase it pre own. Back in Aug of 2006, it started having little issues!.. like the windows not properly lowering when shutting the doors.. lights going out, my turn signals blinking to fast! Batteries going out!!! NOW... Im having serious issues with the transmission! it's sliping all the time!! for the first two yrs it never gave me any transmission problems! This just recently started happening in Aug of 09!!! It's the only car I have N I needed for work! I hate driving in that POS vehicle! I had to take it with my mechanic today.. and he will let me know how serious is the issue with my the car!!! After reading all this messages about tranmission getting fixed and not doing anything for them... I don't have much hope.. please let me know of any information for claims!!! so frustrated with the situation...
#196 of 795 Re: vw transmission [tpadelford]
Mar 22, 2010 (1:37 pm)
Thanks for the prompt response. I've now taken the bug in to an independent transmission specialist who informs me that while I do have a dent in the oil pan, it did not initiate the problem. In fact the pan isn't even touching anything on the solenoid pack. The issue we all seem to be having with these transmissions is not limited to VW vehicles only as similar solenoid packs are used in many vehicles. The problem is the solenoid internals are coated with teflon which after a period of time apparently begins to "gum" up causing the solenoids to hang and resulting in the slipping and hard shifting problems. He told me a company in California is manufacturing a kit to correct this issue and he has personally installed this kit in other vehicles with very good success. The best part is the cost is only $800 to $900 vs $6500 and if the kit doesn't work it doesn't cost anything. He is installing my kit today so I will update all with the results soon.
#197 of 795 Re: vw transmission [bughater1]
Mar 22, 2010 (2:13 pm)
can you post information regarding the kit? Where can I get one?
#198 of 795 Re: vw transmission [bughater1]
Mar 22, 2010 (5:39 pm)
Let me know as soon as you can If that worked. I would love to hear how it worked out. It certainly sounds logical. mine is still at V.W. I just cant believe they wont charge you if it does not work. What city are you in I just may have to take a drive up there if this guy gets it done.
#199 of 795 Re: 99 Beetle transmission problem [bug24]
Mar 22, 2010 (9:04 pm)
How may miles on it now? And did the dealer replace the transmission control module when they replaced the transmission? I would find out because they are suppose to. Find that out and let me know. I am not sure what the next step would be but while your car is still under warranty you are stuck. You can try a different V.W. dealer if it is conveiniant for you. let me know and read some of my other blogs there is some good info in there. We all need to file a complaint with D.O.T. and keep emailing media and email complaints to V.W. and make sure they see a forwarded E-mail from you to a news station or radio or newspaper. I have written instructions and contact info on previous blogs.
#200 of 795 Re: Transmission problems!!!! [carol_redbtl]
Mar 22, 2010 (9:15 pm)
Do you have an extended warranty? How many miles on it? Also don't just take it to any mechanic even if you trust them. If they are unfamiliar with the car or do not have the proper diagnosing equipment they may have a hard time dealing with this issue. Pay the mechanic for his time but try and get it to a beetle specialty shop asap. They will know more trust me. I trust my mechanic too but I am afraid it is not a headache he can fix. It is nothing personal it is just a safer option. Also see my previous postings for information on how to file a complaint to D.O.T and contact info for V.W.
#201 of 795 Re: 2004 VW Beetle Wants something done! [twiliwish85]
Mar 22, 2010 (9:33 pm)
Big O tire is not the place to take your V.W. No I like those boys at Big O too but you really need to take it to a V.W. specialty shop. You should be able to find one. I have listed all the diagnosis steps on previous blogs to help you save money and have listed contact info to complain to D.O.T. as well as various ways to communicate to V.W. Good luck if you need anything else let me know. Also a radiator problem has nothing to do with the transmission and a thermostat is easy to replace should not cost that and I am sure a specialty shop wouldn't rip you off. I bought a thermostat for my 2003 nissan and it cost me 8 dollars. Now it took me about three hours to put it in but hey I'm not a mechanic. How much does a thermostat cost. I mean the part only. Any way it is something in your transmission it may be simple and maybe not but take it to a place that specializes in Bugs not just a place that says we can fix it or fix anything. No No No.
#202 of 795 I messed up about buying a beetle without doing any research!!!!
Mar 25, 2010 (9:08 am)
I should have done my research before buying my 2005 VW New Beetle Convertible last week.!!
I was deceived by its "cuteness". It has 70,000 miles & its automatic.
When I test drove it, it was so smooth. Then a week later when I finally got approved the loan, I drove the car off the lot and noticed the tranny was slipping 2 & 3 gear and when it would down shift.
Now I know why the owner was trying so HARD to get me approved for this loan. Cuz he wanted to get rid of his piece of crap good looking car.
I am SO sad about this cuz this is my first financed car and I have to go thru this stress.
The dealer supposedly "FIXED" it....but 10 min after I picked up the car...it had the same problems.
So my question is....how long can i drive the car with its slipping problem before I REALLY mess up the tranny?
#203 of 795 Re: I messed up about buying a beetle without doing any research!!!! [sad_bug]
Mar 25, 2010 (9:20 am)
Yep, my experience exactly, and with exactly the same car. It got to 70,000 miles and then started slipping during downshifting between second and third gears.
I had the valve body replaced which solved the problem. It cost me $2000+ but was a LOT cheaper than replacing the transmission to the tune of $6000+. If you decide to keep the car, insist that the dealership look at the valve body. Lots of dealerships are telling unsuspecting Beetle owners that they need a whole new transmission when they don't.
I'm so sorry you're going through this. It really is a fun car, but this transmission BS isn't any fun at all.