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#700 of 777 2004 Beetle Conv. Valve Body & more
Jun 26, 2012 (9:16 pm)
How many things can go wrong with one car under 50k miles, unbelievable. Water pump, thermostat, window lifter, valve cover gasket, front cv axle assembly, timing belt,and finally a valve body replacement... About $7k over 14 months. Called VW Customer Care about the Valve body issue and found out there was an extended warranty that expired Jan 2011. My sister owned this car and she passed away April 2011, fighting cancer the whole time they had this extended serive warranty - she never received it and certainly was not worrying about her car while fighting for her life. Their Customer Care(less) would only let me speak to a "Supervisor" and said they had no other escalation process, but I can write to the President. So I will - all of you are welcome to do the same. Jonathan Browning, President, Volkswagon of Americas, 2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr., Herndon, VA 20171.
#701 of 777 Re: 2004 Beetle Conv. Valve Body & more [malbrecht1]
Jun 28, 2012 (1:10 pm)
Incredible how many things can go wrong...don't be surprised at anything. Our piece of junk continued to breakdown after repairing the valve body/transmission that included the shifting system, the passenger seat belt monitor chip, of course the "electric windows" don't work, the windows don't align with the convertible top anymore, etc, etc. The entire VW of America Board of Directors should be forced to drive this piece of junk and experience their poorly made product themselves. Thanks for the President's contact info!!!
#703 of 777 Re: Mechanical Breakdown Insurance? [hippocampus]
Jul 11, 2012 (7:29 pm)
18 months ago, I purchased a 2005 VW Beetle Convertible for my daughter. I bought the car at an Acura Dealer. They recommended I purchase an extended warranty. I did, 3 years or 36,000 miles, through Acura Care. The car had 50,000 miles on it and today it has 60,000 miles on it.
I too, experienced the valve body failure just two weeks ago. My car was put into service in September 2004, so the VW extended warranty was expired. To answer your question, Acura Care paid the repair 100% and I got the car back yesterday. I am unsure if you can buy Acura Care outside of a vehicle purchase at the dealer, but extended warranties are out there and I can attest I am glad I was given the opportunity to purchase it.
I hope this is helpful to you.
BTW- my transmission repair cost, a my VW dealer, for the transmission was $1,854. This included the Valve Body/Fluid/Internal Wiring Harness/Strainer. I mention this because many people are paying much more than my Dealer charged.
#704 of 777 Re: 2004 Beetle Convertible Transmission Problem [javidiaz]
Jul 12, 2012 (9:38 am)
If you are still going to post to join in somewhere I would like to join in. Can you tell me where you are going to organize your efforts? Facebook? Email? Thanks!
#705 of 777 A reminder
by pf_flyer HOST
Jul 12, 2012 (2:24 pm)
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#706 of 777 2004 convert vw beetle
Jul 15, 2012 (2:15 pm)
I dont know if my problem is transmission or what. I will be driving along and it is like the car dies and kicks back on. If I go below 40 mph it will die. I have replaced O2 sensor, fuel fliter and plugs and wires. Any suggestions? I just got the car a couple of months ago with no warranty.
#707 of 777 2005 Beetle Conv. Problems...Had them all
Jul 17, 2012 (2:25 pm)
My wife's 2005 beetle convertible has had any and every problem mentioned and then some, lights don't work, window issues (front and rear), valve body and now at 81,300 miles the transmission needs to be replaced. We had the valve body replaced under warranty 6 weeks ago and now the transmission goes out. I called VW's customer assistance after reading where they have agreed to pay for half of the replacement cost of the $5,400 repair only to be offered a $1,500 customer loyalty coupon towards the purchase of a new VW....Really. The regional case manager would not tell me why some repairs are covered and mine is not, he wouldn't give me his last name or his bosses name so I could take this higher. Well I am taking post #700's advice and writing the president of VW of America. I got your Customer Loyalty
#708 of 777 Let's take it to the President
Jul 17, 2012 (2:42 pm)
Thanks to post#700, we are all having multiple issues, let's hold the President of Volkswagon of America responsible for their HUGE mistake that we are all paying for. If you were a dedicated VW owner and fan like me until your Beetle with the bad tranny and all the other issues, send him a letter and let him know how you feel.
Jonathan Browning, President, Volkswagon of Americas, 2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr., Herndon, VA 20171.
#709 of 777 Re: 2001 VW Beetle Transmission is Toast [gerrie3]
Jul 23, 2012 (2:31 pm)
which ever comes first, i went to the dealer to have it fixed under warranty and they told me my "transmission pan was smashed" so they wouldnt be able to access the valve body which is BS because now my warranty has passed the 100k mark >:/