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#482 of 784 Possible New Beetle Owner
Apr 28, 2011 (8:16 pm)
I am thinking of purchasing a Beetle and found this site. I found a 2005 convertible Beetle with 31,000 miles at a decent price, but am a little concerned about early transmission problems. I'm also looking at a 2008 Beetle (hard top) and was hoping you all could tell me if VW made improvements to the transmission problems from 2005 to 2008. Should I not even consider the 2005, which seems to be in amazing condition?
#483 of 784 Re: Possible New Beetle Owner [allisond]
Apr 29, 2011 (4:55 pm)
Only you can decide if you want to take a chance with VW. I will just say that if you read through the posts on this site and others you will see that when there are obvious common issues, VW will not take care of the problem. For us we have purchased our last VW and I even contacted an attorney today that handles class action lawsuits.
They look good but the quality and service is terrible. Good luck.
#485 of 784 Re: Possible New Beetle Owner [allisond]
Apr 30, 2011 (5:15 am)
I can only tell you about my experience. Let me start with the problems BEFORE the transmission issue. I bought a used 2005 VW convertible with low mileage. Within the first 18 months, the convertible top would not work right. It would not go down all the way, and repeatedly it got stuck going back up. The windows did not automatically lower when the top was going down and this caused the top to fray on the edges. Cost to fix: according to the dealership, $5,000. The car was under warranty. So, it got fixed without any charge to me. The handles that cause the seats to move forward so that a person can get access to the backseats kept coming off. I never could figure out how to pop those handles back on. So, off to the dealership I would go to get them put back on. TWICE the cable that is in the interior of the front seat on the passenger side broke. This cable is connected to the handle. Once it breaks, the backrest will not move forward so that you can access the backseats. The 1st time, the car was under warranty. The 2nd time, it was not. So, I decided to live with it. TWICE the a/c had to be fixed. Then at about 73,000 miles, the "hard shift" problem started. The car was rapidly becoming undrivable. VW fixed the transmission valve body, but the dealership told me that if the problem reoccurred that the transmission would have to be replaced. Cost: About $5,000. So, I decided to find another car. My advice to someone buying a car is RESEARCH! I went online and looked at the gas mileage, maintenance costs, and performance of various small cars. Once I decided on the model and type, I researched dealerships. Luckily, I found a used car with low mileage and the model and type that I wanted at a dealership within 50 miles of my home. VW beetles are cute - no doubt about it. But once the warranty runs out, they can be costly to fix.
#486 of 784 Re: Possible New Beetle Owner [imbanter]
May 01, 2011 (4:22 am)
please post any information that your attorney offers. I think that many of these people writing on this site would be interested in at least signing some sort of class action suit. Wonder what would happen if we could just keep sending these e-notes to the CEO of VW, if we could only get the exact email address or phone number (not their customer service people)?
#487 of 784 Re: Possible New Beetle Owner [allisond]
May 01, 2011 (4:23 am)
I would recommend NOT EVEN PURCHASING A VW!
#488 of 784 Re: Possible New Beetle Owner [buggedout1]
by pf_flyer HOST
May 02, 2011 (2:48 pm)
Please do NOT post information from an attorney. The Edmunds forums cannot be used to organize legal actions (this includes posting links to attorney web sites, etc) and any posts along those lines will have to be removed.
Those are the non-negotiable rules of the road here.
#489 of 784 Re: Possible New Beetle Owner [pf_flyer]
May 02, 2011 (4:25 pm)
My message did not include any information about an attorney. It simply stated that I had contacted an attorney regarding the issues I have had with VW. I'm not sure how that is construed as me "organizing" legal action or posting information "from an attorney."
My post simply demonstrated the severity of the situation I have had with VW. I would thing Edmunds would like a free exchange of information so it's readers and subscribers can make a more informed decision.
#490 of 784 Re: Possible New Beetle Owner [imbanter]
May 02, 2011 (4:34 pm)
Agreed! I did not see any messages with attorney information. The safety of Owners who are driving unsafe VW Beetles need to be reimbursed for repairs they made on unsafe transmission problems.
#491 of 784 Pre-emptive
by pf_flyer HOST
May 03, 2011 (4:17 am)
Someone asked for information from an attorney to be posted, that's why the warning to not post such information, that's all. It's happened before in many other discussions about all sorts of vehicles and will happen again that someone mentions "class action" an the snowball starts to roll. Just trying to avoid that trap here.
A free exchange of info about the problems you're having with the vehicles is absolutely fine.