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#674 of 777 2001 VW Beetle Transmission is Toast
Apr 24, 2012 (7:18 am)
Just like all others on here, I bought a VERY nice looking and riding VW Beetle used last year. Ran great for a few months, now having same issues. Sometimes wont' shift, jerks between shifts, etc. Is fine when it is cold, but when it warms up, the nightmares begin. I have taken to several shops, AMMCO, etc, all say the same thing. Needs a new transmission, but we won't work on the VW Beetle! Have to take it to a dealer. Price???? $6,000!!!! I ask, "have you had any issues with this"? No, we have not had any complaints to speak of!!!! Yeah right.
At my whits end. Spent $6500 for a nice loaded, leather, VW Beetle, now it is sitting in my driveway of no use to me or anyone else.
Thinking of buying a used transmission at a salvage yard, just to get it to run, then sell it, but don't want to do that to the next unknowing owner.
Done with Volkswagen...........
#675 of 777 VW Beetle Transmission is a P.O.S.
Apr 24, 2012 (7:56 am)
Yep. I bought mine for $8400 (plus tax & license) - we just paid $6900 to get the transmission remanufactured.
Seriously?? We've spent over $16,000 for a USED BEETLE?
Do you know how nice of a used car we could have bought for that? One that actually worked to boot??
VW is in denial of the fact that they produced many years of crappy, crappy transmissions.
#676 of 777 Re: Bad tranny on VW new Beetle [doc21hansen]
Apr 25, 2012 (1:12 pm)
something similar was wrong with my tranny in my 04 beetle. I took her in and it was the valve body in the transmission that needed to be replaced. the work was close to 1,500-1,600...mine was covered by warranty but that could be the issue with yours
#677 of 777 Re: Bad tranny on VW new Beetle [alex51790]
Apr 25, 2012 (1:30 pm)
Problem is, I think whoever had it before me drove it with a bad valve body for so long it completely trashed the trans.
Apr 27, 2012 (11:31 pm)
Don't know what the issue is with this car got it for the wife cause she had to have it. So after 2500. in valve body repair it is starting to drop into neutral when going 60 mph for 2-3 sec then into 5th then back up to 6th and now it down shifted on me going up hill from 4th to 2nd and stalled and almost got me rear ended the issues with this car are so random but all point to the transmission or computer how much more is this car going to cost me. If any body has any info post here to helm me out and a random bit of info it would do the neutral thing only when lower than 1/4 tank. does this car have a broke driver meter on it.
#679 of 777 Re: why this bug [irishpost]
Apr 28, 2012 (8:13 am)
My car does the same thing at a 1/4 mile, I haven't had it tuned up yet so I'm thinking that might be it too; I had to have the valve body replaced too but it was under the extended warranty, you ought to see if you are eligible and see if you can't get VW to pay you back. I found out that the transmissions came from Argentina and these cars are put together in Mexico and with so many postings it is clear that this was a huge mistake. I will NEVER get another VW and I will discourage anyone looking at one. My car sat for 1 1/2 years until the "extended warranty" came out because I was quoted $7000 for a new tranny which was more than the car was worth. Your back window motors will go out if they haven't already and I have some type of oil leaking from my engine that literally goes into the car underneath the doors. My mechanic will be checking into that too. VW told me it was normal...Really? Good Luck!
#680 of 777 tranny sometimes 'bangs' when it shifts
Apr 30, 2012 (5:06 pm)
My 2004 Beetle with 59K sometimes shifts very hard between 1st and 2nd (so hard you think someone slammed into the back of the car). It has the 2.0 engine and automatic transmission. Does anyone know if a new throttle body will fix that? I called the VW national number, they asked for my VIN, then asked a bunch of other questions: Do I own any other VW's? Do I bring my car to a dealer?...finally they came back and said yes they are fixing some Beetle throttle bodies for free, but based on my VIN number they would not fix mine.
Should I bite the bullet and pay for throttle body on my own? It sounds like some people have done that and it has not helped. The car can go a month without doing it - so I could sell or trade it in - but unlike VW - I have a conscience.
Has anyone been told "they were not on the list" and still managed to get this part fixed for free?
#681 of 777 Re: tranny sometimes 'bangs' when it shifts [sep15]
May 01, 2012 (6:41 am)
Don't waste your money on the throttle body. Under lying problem is the transmission.
#682 of 777 Re: 2004 Beetle Convertible Transmission Problem [cutepiececrap]
May 01, 2012 (8:22 am)
Have your car scanned - 2004 Beetle Convertible with similiar issue but only on the downshift. Had the car scanned with computer software for VW, it came back as Tiptronic needs replacing. It's amazing what the right computer program can tell you about your car. It also scanned other issues on the car that I was already aware of. Austin VDub scanned my car for free, dealership want $95. Tiptronic part $600.
Everyone else I went to tried to convince me the transmission needed to be replace. I took it to three different places and each had a store to tell me about how bad the transmission and cost range from $2800 up!
I decide I wanted the real answer and glad I did.
#683 of 777 Re: 2001 VW Beetle Transmission is Toast [dougherty20]
May 14, 2012 (9:37 am)
I was told last Feb. that my 2005 New Beetle Automatic convertible with only 50k miles on it, needed a new transmittion! We religiously serviced the vehicle prior and did have other quality issues: The passanger window "fell into" the door; rear cup holder fell out; & some minor electrical issues. Its been sitting in our garage since - won't sell it (integrity) & think there's other manufact. issues like the recall for the valve cover (to the trans) that we never ever received notice of. I contacted the service manager again and he asked mew to bring it in for the valve cover recall which VW extended til this Nov. He also gave me (800) 822-8987 VW America direct line. I called, they listened, opened a case # to determine whether VW will "assist" in the repair. I am to bring it back to the dealer 05/15/12, give them the case number and let them review it again. Of particular interest is that when i recently called there was no "history" in the Feb. inspection notes stating i needed a new trans. I suggest all fellow VW New Beetle owners call the above number and get it going as well.