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#250 of 795 My Bug was sick FIRST!! (2006 Beetle Convertible)
May 18, 2010 (7:51 am)
Boy do I hear you. I just received a copy of your letter as I get updated with each new entry. PLEASE - don't just update this site. Take the moment and let the NTSB know about your "dog". They are THE only ones who can authorize recalls/settlements on these "buggers". Funny they were always called "bugs". Hey - mine went with 7500 miles on it and they KNEW they had problems with the transmissions. Why do you think they stopped making them?
I've DONE my due diligence on these vehicles. Driven VW exclusively my entire driving career and I am now as old as dirt. My lights are an ongoing issue as well. Heading into my THIRD set - now possess the "winky-dink" model where only ONE side work. Thank GOD I haven't had the issues with that window falling out the back. Well, I just knocked on something hard. Maybe next week.
Take a moment or two and scan the internet. You will see we are NOT ALONE by any stretch. Perhaps a CLASS ACTION SUIT by ALL OF US will make a difference. I am unemployed (accountant) at the moment and did NOT have the $3,000 plus the towing plus the time. And I am NOT close to having this piece of you know what fixed even yet.
They stopped making them, DIDN'T THEY? Enough said.
File that complaint NOW with the NTSB. THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!
#251 of 795 Re: My Bug was sick FIRST!! (2006 Beetle Convertible) [elenewlife]
May 18, 2010 (10:57 am)
I called VW of America to complain. One that my transmission shouldn't be going out at 75K and second that I'd had so many other problems. The water pump started to crack right after my 50K warrenty was up and that we STILL couldn't get the 2180 coolent code to go away. They said they'd look into it and get back to me. They called the next day, I wasn't even expecting a phone call, and they said they believed it was the valve body and not the entire tranmission that needed to be fixed. And get this - they offered to pay 75 PERCENT of the fix! I said we'd take it. I cannot afford a new car, but there was no way I was going to pay $6200 to fix the tranmission (my guy could do it for less, but it was still $2700).
I ended up paying $486 for the fix and so far, fingers crossed, it seems to be working. I think what got us the deal was how much else is wrong with the car and that my husband remained calm on the phone when explaining the situation. Like he said, we spent $25,000 for a car that in the past was built to last. Not to fail 1000 miles after the warrenty was up.
So call VW of America and hopefully they can help with this fiasco.
#252 of 795 Re: So long Volkswagen... [rustidonell]
May 18, 2010 (5:52 pm)
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN. My transmissionwas giving me problems in April. When I brought it to the ORLAND PARK VOLKSWAGEN DEALER for repair, the service tech was more interested in fixing the B.S. recalls than listening to the problem with the car. The dealer was more interested in pushing me to buy another car then fix the problem the first time. NOT ONLY IS THE TRANSMISSION COSTING ME $3,000 NOW BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T DO THEIR JOB, BUT THE ENGINE IS SCREWED UP. WHEN I CALLED VOLKSWAGEN CORPROATE THEN APOLOGIZED AND SAID THEY WILL SEND ME A VOUCHER FOR $1,000 TO BUY ANOTHER CAR. I DON'T THINK SO, I WILL NEVER BUY OR REFER ANYONE TO BUY A VOLKSWAGEN. I AM DONE!! WE SHOULD ALL FILE A CLASS ACTION AGAINST VOLKSWAGEN FOR THE MONEY WE PAID OUT TO REPAIR OUR CARS
#253 of 795 Class Action against Volkswagen
May 18, 2010 (6:00 pm)
Who has knowledge or information of a class action against Volkswagen for faulty transmissions and it costing over $3,000 - $6,000 to repair? Please forward to girlcop5941aol.com. Thank you
May 19, 2010 (9:23 am)
I bought my daughter a near new 2005 Beetle convertible and from day one it would occasionally make a loud noise when it downshifts. Not just a noise, it would knock you forward when this happened. Of course the VW dealer could never replicate it. It still does this today at 35,000 miles. Here's the rest of the story. All of the power windows have failed, the top liner has drooped by the rear view window, the tail lights stop working and the bulb is still good (this is a poor contact design) and the car is a rattle trap. My daughters dream car has been a nightmare car. VW should be sued and have to reimburse every beetle owner the full cost of their car. It's the worst car we have owned and they should be barred from selling cars in the US until they clean up their act! Creeps!
#255 of 795 Re: Transmission and more! [unhappybeetle]
May 19, 2010 (7:19 pm)
Boy am I with you!! My entire life I wanted a powder blue Beetle Convertible. Well, it reminds me of that expression - "be careful what you wish for - you may JUST get it". I have driven VW my entire career, almost 35 years now. Was a painfully loyal customer. The car is a DOG. What you are describing sounds like their "flywheel" problem in the transmission. It is a well-documented "issue" that has affected many, many vehicles. Mine "went" at around 7,500 miles. That "clunk, clunk" could just be what you are explaining. Maybe they are hoping you get out of warrantee and they don't have to cover it anymore. The flywheel, unfortunately, is not covered anyway. Only people in the world who don't consider the clutch part of the drivetrain. I always chuckle over that. Try to drive a car without a clutch.
Anyway, yes, the lights. Another "issue of endearment". Mine was just brought back to the dealer this time. Both my low beam and high beam on the driver side don't work this time. But I have someone to blame I believe for it. Look at the internet and all the complaints about the electrical issues. Tons and tons of complaints out there.
I have been advising people to do only one thing that has any merit: Tell the NTSB. They are THE ONLY agency with the authority to do a recall on these cars and give us $$$ back. Other than that? No one cares. Look, it worked for the Hondas and Toyotas. Enough complaints and enough safety issues they listen.
Lights are certainly a BIG safety issue.
VW knows they had big problems with these cars. Just LOOK. They are no longer making them. THAT says it all.
Good luck with yours. I hope I can drive this safely soon. I have lost TOTAL confidence in it. And THAT was the reason I drove VW to begin with. Very very sad.
May 25, 2010 (10:01 am)
Like so many other bug owners, my wife loves here 2003 Beetle convertible. It is a fun little car to drive. This is the second one she has ownded and the first one we have had any major problems with. In March 2010 I put in a new water pump at 76,000. Which is really no suprise given the histroy of it. While my mechanic had it he called and said the cv joints on were leaking a little and needed to be replaced on both sides. So all totaled up new water pump and timing belt, both cv shaft and oil change just over $700. On May 10th I was driving through Coulumbus, OH, which is 2 and a half hours away from my home, and the transmission will not shift out of third gear. It gave no warning or anything. Pulled out of a parking lot onto a busty street and it shift through 1st, 2nd, and into t3rd but nor out just revs. Took it to a very reputible foriegn car machaninc who diagnosed my worst fears. Transmission is gone at least $4,800 to fix. Called VWoA and was told sorry can;t help you! Upon the adives of those on this forum I have filed a complaint with Office of Defects Investigation with USDOT. Hope something can be done. My wife is pretty upset without her little bug and I'm not to happy with VW!
#257 of 795 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [rcrum]
May 28, 2010 (6:45 am)
2005 VW Convertible auto transmission, (73,000 miles) I had the lurching problem also, after a couple of trips to dealership, a new tcm computer chip($716.48) and a new valve body($1,124.00) it seems to be okay. This is my first major problem other than having to replace both back windows. Based on the comments on this forum I made a mistake purchasing the cutest car I ever seen. I am beginning to wonder if I should trade it now! I really like the car but making payments and making large repairs does not make good sense.
#258 of 795 Oh these BEETLE Transmissions!!
May 28, 2010 (7:06 am)
Oh boy I read yours here and wondered now that mine is quiet for a wee bit is THIS gonna start up now. You see, they had a flywheel problem in many of the transmissions. I have heard from several owners who complained bout that "bumpety bump" thing. I had wanted a powder blue beetle convertible all my life. Gotta watch what you wish for - just might get it. Sure did. At around 7,500 miles (mine is a 5 speed) if the car got hot at all, namely traffic and there is NOWHERE in northern NJ where you don't sit in rush hour traffic getting to a job - it would literally JUMP up and down etc. while it smelled like burning metal until it became disabled and had to be pushed to the side. Initially I would have it towed to the dealer.
Well, the dealer would instruct me on how to drive a 5 speed. Nice, huh? Of course they also wanted a new flyewheel on ME? I said screw them. Another dealer just pretended they didn't have "issues" and said "DRIVE IT" so I did until it died about 3 weeks ago and I had it officially replaced. Until that time it would overhead, jump up and down, etc. if it got stuck in traffic. Terrible. One trip reading complaints on the internet and I saw it had problems. Next thing you know, they don't MAKE a 5 speed - then you stop manufacturing the Beetle. Gee whiz - why do you think THAT is???
Anyway, they have a litany of service issues a mile long. Cutest cars I ever drove but a service nightmare. And the transmissions seem to have been the most ill-thought out of all their issues.
I have only ever driven VW so it is a terrible disappointment for me. Don't know what to buy next. Boat???
#259 of 795 Re: My Bug was sick FIRST!! (2006 Beetle Convertible) [meinbug]
May 28, 2010 (3:55 pm)
I am currently having transmission issues with my 2006 Beetle convertible and I was wondering what kind of information you had when you called. I have taken my car to Aamco and they have told me that the transmission is bad and needs to be completely replaced. The sad thing is that I've only owned this car for 3 months I want to get it fixed but the 4,000-6,000 dallor quote that I got is a bit out of my price range. Any advice that you can give would be greatly appreciated