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#464 of 795 Buyer Beware! Scary dangerous VW transmissions!
Apr 12, 2011 (6:32 am)
Hey guys...so glad I found this forum. I am seriously concerned with the safety of people driving Beetles. I have a 2004 Beetle AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION bought in 2006. I bought it when it was around 30K miles and still under warranty. Around 2008 (at this point it was maybe 40K miles because I worked from home!). Anyway...around 08 I would be on a CA Freeway (scary!) just driving along at a highway speed and all of a sudden it would grind and almost downshift to a lower gear and I would push my foot on the gas pedal really strongly and it would slowdown to almost a stall and then jerk really bad and kick in and finally go back to acceleration. I was almost killed not just once but several times when this happened on freeways and side roads. Very scary. I took it in to VW soon after and because I still had my powertrain warranty left they replaced the transmission and acted like they had never heard of such a problem and when they hooked it up to diagnostics nothing was wrong with my car? They also drove it around the block and it of course didn't do it for them. I could not begin to understand why the transmission needed to be replaced? The car did not have much wear and tear or miles for that. So they replaced it and over a year later it started doing it again occasionally which was convenient for them considering I was past the 12 months work guarantee (mind you I live in a warm climate, I was working from home so I only used it to drive places periodically throughout the week). So it started doing the weird thing where you are driving along and it suddenly slows down out of nowhere and you can't get it to go and someone is behind you and almost rear ends you! Then it jerks and finally kicks in. At this point I already push my hazards and I'm panic stricken I'm going to get hit. I took it in to a shop and they did a computer diagnostic and found nothing wrong with my car! Seriously??? So they replaced my battery because it was getting really old and it was time. Yesterday I was going up a Canyon road in major LA traffic and it did the weird sudden downshift thing again and the guy behind me layed on the horn and almost hit me. I was so scared.
BTW I never got a letter about them replacing a valve for free? I hear this doesn't solve the problem of the transmissions and that it's probably just a company cover up so they don't look like they are not taking care of the problem.
I just don't get why VW is not addressing this issue. It reminds me of the Ford Pinto. All those people were killed even though Ford knew there was a defect in the engine that if hit would cause a fire or explosion. This went on for awhile and several people were killed in the process before Ford got busted. This is very similar because it is such a serious problem that can occur at a high speed. I am wondering why nobody is doing anything about this? Toyota's recent problems that caused serious accidents were immediately addressed. I know we can't discuss organizing anything on Edmunds but this is ridiculous. I could die on the freeway because of this problem.
I am going to try to bring it to the dealer again but honestly if giving me a brand new transmission didn't fix it then what on earth will? I'm sure this time they will tell me I have to pay for it. Ugh. I can't wait to get rid of this car. I WILL NEVER BUY A VW AGAIN.
Let it be noted I run a consumer show about commercials at the world's largest live streaming internet network. I will be talking about this problem and warning people across the world to not buy VW's and I will be updating them every week on how VW handles this problem with me. I will also be printing up all these complaints and writing a nice bitchy letter to the President of VW along with a copy of my show and your packet of complaints. I figure I will priority overnight right to all the top executives in this joke of a company.
My whole family will never buy VWs again. My friend who has a Jetta had a whole other set of problems and she is never going to buy VW either. It's hysterical how many customers they are losing. If they would just be honest and deal with things then in the long run people will not have a bad image of them but when they lie and are dishonest it leaves such a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Especially when dealing with major safety issues!!! What car co. ignores such a dangerous issue?
#465 of 795 Re: 2004 transmission problems [glenda10667]
Apr 12, 2011 (6:34 am)
Can you tell me about this value body part recall? I never got a letter? See my postings on transmission issues and them replacing my transmission. Don't be surprised if it happens to your car again.
#466 of 795 valve body 2005 beatle gl 46kmiles automatic
Apr 12, 2011 (11:10 am)
i have a 05 new beatle gl with 46k miles ...automatic... i bougt 6 months ago with 42 k miles. the beatle started jerking when driving . the trani was banging wether driving upshifting or downshifting at any gear. it would do it only once a day . sounds like something hit you at the back of the car or you run over something ...i received the letter about the valve body...being the problem whith jerking of the trani on dec. 2010 so i just took the beatle to the dealer they told me they would replace the valve body for free ... ,,,3 days later i picked it up and it seems to be driving better but i only drove it for about 20 minutes ride to my house........i will sell the beatle anyway ....its a shame with these beatles that the tranis will go at this low miles.......good luck...
#467 of 795 Re: New Beetle transmission problems/PLEASE READ [blackdog20]
Apr 12, 2011 (2:43 pm)
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#468 of 795 VW Transmission Blues
Apr 12, 2011 (8:12 pm)
Looks like I'm the 468th person to complain about VW transmissions on this site! I have a 2003 convertible that had less than 70,000 miles on it when the transmission failed back in 2010. It started bucking when the engine was hot, (after about 7 miles). I took it to the dealership, they had no idea what was wrong, but they wanted to charge me $6000 for a REBUILT transmission! I took it to A1 Transmissions in Dallas, and they were eventually able to diagnose the source as a faulty transmission valve. They rebuilt the transmission, and got me back on the road for around $2000. (Highly recommend them)..
Then I received a notice from VW saying that, due to numerous complaints, they had extended their warranty on the VW NewBeetle transmission from 5 to 7 years, or 100,000 miles! I submitted a claim, (as the transmission failed in 2010, within the 7 year period), plus my mileage was well within the warranty limits.
The Customer care "advocate" took almost three months to respond, only to reject my claim on the strength that the 7 year clause meant "7 years from the date the car left the lot", not within the calendar year.
This is the fourth VW I have had in the last ten years. Two of the transmissions have failed , one even within five years. I have had numerous expensive repairs to car parts that traditionally should have lasted much longer, especially from a company that likes to project the whole "expensive luxury car "image. One would expect much more quality from a company holding the VW name. Seems like all that has changed.
In short, I have become SO disenchanted with VW, that despite my long love affair with Beetles and Golfs, I've had it! It's very sad that a once reputable company would stoop to such low standards, and such poor customer care. I wonder if anyone from VW even bothers to read these posts.
Their recent motto is "Here today, gone today". Are they referring to their customers? It seems to be a Going Going Gone event!
Hope you're watching VW!!!
#469 of 795 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Apr 13, 2011 (10:39 am)
If you read my earlier post about major safety concerns with the VW Beetle. It also may help if we all file safety complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. I'm not kidding around with this situation. People are going to get hurt if they have not already from this jerking downshifting problem. It's super dangerous.
#470 of 795 Valve Body has extended 100k Mile Warranty
Apr 13, 2011 (11:19 am)
I called Volkswagon on this.
Sadly, I missed the cutoff by about six months. Had, I just called Volkswagon Customer Service from day one... Sigh.. I know, non of us trust the dealership to shoot straight with us, that's why we are here.
Below is the URL for customer service:
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I like our convertible enough to pay the $1,500 out of pocket to get it fixed.
Before you get the valve body replaced, under warranty or otherwise, I would have transmission fluid replaced and run it for awhile. Ours got much better, but to get it perfect we felt we needed to get the valve body replaced. Also, since the transmission has been running clean fluid for awhile, hopefully most of the gunk has been cleaned off and will not harm the new valve body.
Hopefully this will be the end of the story for us.
Best of luck to "all y'all" (as we say down south).
#471 of 795 tired, but determined
Apr 14, 2011 (2:37 am)
It has been almost a two years that my automatic VW beetle, "04 convertible, began acting strange - hard drive, brackets around gears, going into neutral, sluggish after about 15 minutes, etc. I have posted on this site starting in October 2009. I have spoken to the "customer service" at VW to no avail - offered $750 towards a new car!!!! can you believe that? Dealer got it to $1200. All this time the dealer couldn't find the problem....when driving on route 95 in NH the car just went into 2nd gear...needed to get off the highway immediately...been pretty close to being hit from behind because of the sluggish start at a traffic light, and lots more incidents. Already got the reject letter on the valve body. AAMCO was wonderful....replaced and rebuilt parts of the transmission...couldn't believe the way VW had built this car! anyway, filed a complaint with highway safety and other groups. NOTHING has happened, but I will continue to try. Can't imagine that the CEO of VW would allow his family members to drive this thing. Keep filing.