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Volkswagen Beetle Transmission Problems
Last post on May 10, 2013 at 4:52 AM
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Volkswagen New Beetle, Transmission, Convertible, Hatchback
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#471 of 777 tired, but determined
Apr 14, 2011 (3:37 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.
#475 of 777 Re: 2005 transmission problems
Apr 15, 2011 (4:05 pm)
Our 2005 Bug with under 75,000 miles is at the dealership having the transmission replaced. We, too, in December received a letter about the recall on the valve body. The valve body is supposed to be the brains of the transmission, but VW says that the valve body is not our problem. If it's the brains and the transmission is malfunctioning, something is telling it to malfunction. Has anyone thought about a class action suit? Is anyone interested? This is our first time on this site and don't know if anyone has attempted this in the past.
#476 of 777 Re: 2005 transmission problems [buggedugh]
by pf_flyer HOST
Apr 15, 2011 (5:53 pm)
The Edmunds forums CANNOT be used to organize legal actions so please do not make posts along those lines as they will have to be removed.
Thanks for your cooperation on this
#477 of 777 Beetle Transmission
Apr 22, 2011 (11:16 am)
Well Beetleites, I just got my 2003 2.0 convertible back from AAMCO in Clearwater Fl with a completely rebuilt trans. As most of you in this discussion know that this is a VW problem. I had the manager at this AAMCO location (which is right across the street from Lokey VW) look up in his cpu how many 2003-2005 buggies have come through his shop. 35 of them! All with the same problem and all with mileage under 100k. I only tell you this because it's going to take more and more of these discussions to get VW to listen. The silver lining to this is that Sam at AAMCO is a great guy. They were able to completely rebuild what they could and replace what they couldn't and got me out the door for $2,600.00 which as we all know is $3,000.00 less than what the dealer wants.
It sucked to fork out that kind of money on something that is a manufactures defect, but the way I was handled and the quality of work was worth it. The weather is beautiful today, it's Easter weekend, and my buggy and I are back in action. I actually passed someone today for the first time in 16 months. On a side note, if you are still driving your buggy with major slips and bangs, please take heed. Based on what they saw when they opened up mine; I'm lucky that the transmission fluid didn't catch on fire and destroy the car. I know it is still a ton of $$, but again, i love the car.
#478 of 777 Pretty Hate Machine indeed
Apr 22, 2011 (10:47 pm)
I read a previous post about someone seeing their beautiful car and saying what garbage. I feel the same way! I see my Volkswagen 2004 Convertible Cosmic Blue car and think to myself ... this is such a pretty car but GOD does it suck! I am a 20 year old male with a minimum wadge job and the car I just described is the first car I have ever bought. What a shame if I could go back in time I would tell my self, "Don't do it Omar! Don't spent your hard earn saved up money on your dream car!" but sadly I can't. I experience rough shifting after 15 minutes(like many do). It's so embarrassing, I can't go anywhere for fear of my life. Luckily my work is 15 minutes away but that's about as far as I can take it. I really hope and pray Volkswagen does a HUGE recall, it is so dangerous that it makes me sad. I don't know what to do. I have some money saved up so I can fix the transmission but I read someone's post saying that the problem will show up again!!! Do I take it to the junkyard?? It only has 60 k miles. I bought it used, and it is under "salvage" but clearly that was not the cause of the problem. I think that's the only way I would get something in return is if they did a recall because since my car is salvage the dealership won't do anything about it. HELP HELP HELP!!! Good Luck to you all fellow Beetle owners.
#479 of 777 Re: 2003 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problem [khathcock]
Apr 25, 2011 (4:59 pm)
My wife has the exact same problem with her transmission and the VW dealer has taken $1,000 in repairs from her and now says the transmission will need to be replaced and that will be another $4,900. I have called VW directly and they seemed to have cared less and said there was nothing they could do. I have since misplaced that letter so I can't find that number again.
Because of the sheer volume of posts related to this and how little VW seems to care, I am calling my local call for action here in Kansas City in hopes of getting this out to people. I wanted to provide that letter from VW to them. Can someone please send me a pdf of the letter to rockinrileysgmail.com
#480 of 777 Re: 2003 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problem [imbanter]
Apr 25, 2011 (6:54 pm)
Mine is a 2005, turbo engine. Loved the car until...... Anyway, after a lot of talking and help from our local dealership, VW agreed to pick up a little more than half of the cost of replacing the transmission. We had it fixed, but now I no longer love my car and would not purchase another VW. Letter does not cover the transmission replacement.