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#619 of 795 Re: Buyer Beware! Scary dangerous VW transmissions! [yiannis]
Nov 25, 2011 (9:19 am)
No. To the contrary. I've been watching the various posts for some time now. The "other" issue not mentioned here besides the valve body, which surfaced just recently by the way, is the flywheel assembly in the transmission. Everybody talking about that "jumping, the overheating, banging into gear, using one or maybe two gears" - well, in many many cases - it was and IS the flywheel assembly. Check the internet AND check this site and you'll see all the documented cases of historically accurate occurrences with this piece of SH--. Mine went (2006 'new beetle convertible) at only 7500 miles. A 5 speed they were "kind enough" to try to teach me how to drive one (having only driven a shift for over 40 years by now).
VW then wasn't considering the clutch part of the drivetrain - so for only about $3500 they would "kindly" replace the assembly for me. I told them "where" to file THAT just as kindly and drove the car, but never in traffic where it would overheat; never on a hill where it would slide backwards; never close to anyone else where it just "might bump forwards or backwards"; until I cranked up the mileage and hit around 90,000. THEN it was totally disabled and I did the assembly. STILL ran like garbage when it got hot or had to sit in traffic until I re-did the cables? Or I should say they crapped out on me and I was towed in.
I should say I was given the "sniff" test until it went over the 100,000 and they didn't have to deal with me anymore. I NEVER got any letter about any valve assembly that they would replace. Never got anything at all. They listened - gave it that "Pep boys 'Manny Moe and Jack' thing" I'm sure for the day and couldn't care less. NO ONE at VW disagrees anymore that their transmissions were garbage and that the public "debugged" it for them.
I should also mention that I'm a lifetime VW driver. They didn't just screw a novice who bought one once? OH NO. I've owned over 30 VW's in a family of Germans who ONLY drove VW. So they're equal-opportunity "I DON'T CARE's". To see them "re-release" the car, knowing how they screwed ALL OF US who owned a Beetle like this - I, for one, am sickened.
I won't own one again. When I call and say I can't make my payment because I'm putting YET more work into it and can't pay AND FIX - I always complain. And always tell them to go screw themselves. I've put twice as much into the car than it's worth - I HAVE to keep it now. And I'm always fixing something.
Anyone ELSE have those "winky dink" eyes (headlights that alternately go on/off) - now THAT's another "fun" option, right?
Good luck all - with whatever year or model you have? They ALL have problems.
#620 of 795 Re: Buyer Beware! Scary dangerous VW transmissions! [vwisajoke]
Nov 25, 2011 (12:53 pm)
Thanks for your time and effort. My mechanic suggested as well that he start with the computer issue, that that may well fix the problem.
Oh, and the headlights -- I got stopped by security and they said my headlight was out! I got out of the car, banged on my car light with a hard wack and it came on. I got back in and drove away. Don't you just love it!
In the meantime, I have filed a complaint with the National Hwy Traffic Safety Administration https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/. It only took a few minutes. Others need to do the same
#621 of 795 Just bought a Beetle "as is", and flipping out!
Nov 30, 2011 (5:16 pm)
Three time this year I've been hit in my car by stupid/bad drivers. T-boned when a lady in a mad rush to get her "power shake" didn't stop for her stop sign. Then I got hit on the 405. This final time, a lady was driving a giant Lincoln Navigator with her fractured foot boot, and hit the gas instead of the brake, slamming into me and pushing me into the car in front of me. That was the last straw-- my poor dependable 2004 Aveo with only 63K miles on it was finally scrapped. So I thought, "why don't I buy a bug?" because I'd always wanted one. I was warned to just get a Kia, (Honda, Toyota and Mazda not in my budget), but no, I wanted something "fun".
The pressure was on to do this fast- I commute an hour to work and once the insurance company hands you a check, they take back the rental. So unless I wanted to spend the scant money they gave me for my Chevy on a rental, I needed something fast. Test drove the 2004 Beetle with 88K miles on it on Saturday, and bought it. On Monday on my commute to work, I noticed the same thing everyone keeps talking about here: after driving for about 15 mins, it goes from "D" being highlighted to all the gears being highlighted, like it doesn't know what gear it's in. The shifting between gears is really obvious and not smooth at all. Also, it "kicked" on me out of the blue after I got off the highway. I drive A LOT with this job. I paid over $8500 for this car, CASH. I don't have any more $ to spend, and for 9 grand on a almost 8 year old car, shouldn't that be enough?
ALSO: headlight is out that of course I couldn't see during the day while test driving. The heated seat (a bonus feature I was excited about) does not seem to work, at least on the driver's side. Air bag light for passenger says "off". Let's see...oh yeah, convertible top worked fine the day I test drove it, but when I tried it at home, the two little flaps stayed open. That was all on Monday. Today, Wednesday, when I started it the coolant light? (13 in the manual) came on for a while, then went off. I am really, really upset that I've bought a car whose tranny is about to go. The dealer said it was "fine". Carfax was clean. How was I to know?
Last week one of my best friends died in a car accident. And as I mentioned above, three times I've been hit (no fault of my own) by drivers THIS YEAR. The last thing I need on my mind right now is a car that might not be safe. It's bad enough to have lost my car (which was fully paid for) at 63K miles which never needed even one thing in 3 years, and now I'm stuck in therapy (bad whiplash) and have to deal with this too? I can't believe it! I drive on CALIFORNIA freeways over 70 miles a day-- I can't have this thing do something funky on the road. Even hearing about it bucking and feeling like you've been "hit" from behind scares me-- the lady that "killed" my Aveo hit me from behind with my dog in the car, and it was really scary. Now I flinch when a car gets too close behind me, so feeling like I've been hit back there is unacceptable. I'm over the 7 years, and I'm like the 3rd owner anyway. Is there NOTHING I can do? I'm going back to the dealer today to have him reprogram the computer, but it sure sounds like that is not going to fix anything. It sounds like the tranny is bad on this car. F**k. After all these complaints, will they EVER offer a recall? And will it even help someone like me, who doesn't have service records and isn't the first owner? Let's do the math here-- If I paid $8500 for the car, and it needs a new tranny at about 6-7K, that could have bought me a NEW car. I just took out a loan for a needed surgery, so there is no more credit nor money to spare. Getting a "new" used car should be fun, not scary like this. HELP!
#622 of 795 Re: VW Beetle Transmission Problem [michelern]
Dec 04, 2011 (11:36 am)
Volkswagen ended up extending the warranty on the valve body and I had less than 100,000 on it so I took it to VW and they fixed it for free. If you have less than 100,000 take it to them.
#623 of 795 Re: Bad tranny on VW new Beetle [classycoley]
Dec 06, 2011 (11:39 am)
I too have a transmission probem. I have an 04 new beetle convertible. Was told yesterday that it's the Valve Body. 1500. for repair. VW offered an extended warranty on this part only. 7 years or 100,000. My warranty expired a week ago. I had no idea this was a problem with this year car. Now? The car sits in my driveway until I can afford to get it fixed. VW does not want to hear anything. They said although a lot of people have complained about this problem, there was never a recall so it's on me.
#624 of 795 Re: Bad tranny on VW new Beetle [nancyannenj]
Dec 06, 2011 (12:32 pm)
What are the symptoms of a valve body going out?
In my case, I have a 6 speed auto trans with manual shift mode capability. My gears 4 - 6 are gone.
#625 of 795 04 VW Beetle Transmission - Same Story
Dec 21, 2011 (10:29 am)
Same as above. It started on my car around 75,000 miles. I was told that there was nothing wrong. I'm now at 107,500 miles and my car is lurching very bad once it's warmed up for about 15 minutes. The lurch is very bad when downshifting or pulling out.
Just took it in again and found out that I can get a rebuilt transmission (70K original miles) installed for $4500. I've already spent around $2000 the last year replacing the water pump, timing belt, etc.
My original headlights lasted around 3 years. Since then all replacement headlights (VW parts) have lasted about a year. I'd like someone to explain that to me.
I will never own another VW, no matter how cute and fun to drive. VW is not a quality auto maker.
#626 of 795 Re: 04 VW Beetle Transmission - Same Story [bugn2go]
Dec 21, 2011 (5:09 pm)
I paid 2400 to have the computer issue and valve bodies replaced. My mechanic fixed the computer issue first, but believed the valve bodies would need replacing. Although it felt like it was a transmission issue, it was the computer telling it to downshift or not? My car now runs better than it ever did. Let me know if you want the name of my mechanic! Miracle worker!
#627 of 795 Re: Bad tranny on VW new Beetle [doc21hansen]
Dec 21, 2011 (8:22 pm)
It feels like the transmission is dropping out of the bottom of the floor. Mine is a 6-speed auto tiptronic. I took part of this conversation to my regular mechanic. He did some more looking and referred to a transmission specialist. They had seen the issue, now they had some history of similar issues, they knew what to look for and they didn't have to reinvent the wheel. It was costly, $2400, but not as much as a new tranny. Mine had 63k. It actually drives better than ever now.
#628 of 795 Re: 04 VW Beetle Transmission - Same Story [classycoley]
Dec 24, 2011 (4:31 pm)
Yes!!! I have an 05 turbo convertable and have had tranny issues for the past few years....they have been progresive issues with the car not going into fourth gear and then all of my gears are highlighted. Its at the point now where I cant even get to school without almost getting killed on the freeway.
I had the valve body replaced a couple years ago. i got the valve body independently from a place called valvebody pros and it only put a bandaid on the problem. Then one machanic told me that the valve boy I purchaed didnt come with a harness and that might be the problem. Please someone help!!! Also I have had the silonoid replaced twice because it was throwing a code for that at one point.
The last time I had the codes read it said there were electric problems and didnt say anything about the transmission. I live in Orange County Ca does anyone know who can help?