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#733 of 795 REALLY VOLKSWAGEN,REALLY?
Oct 12, 2012 (6:17 am)
I own a 2003 VW new beetle convertible with an automatic tiptronic transmission. Recently , at random times, when shifting between 3rd and 4th gear the engine would rev up past 4000 rpm and jump into gear. Essentially a very hard shift. With plans to keep this vehicle for many years to come, I immediately took the vehicle to a trusted mechanic. After test driving and experiencing the "hard shift", I was informed that it was most definitely transmission related, however, only VW can access the transmission due to the fact that it is completely sealed. The vehicle was taken to a David Maus Volkswagen of Orlando for the diagnostic. I was informed that the transmission was "coming apart from the inside" and that it was a "ticking time bomb". Because the vehicle is over 100000 miles , it does not fall under the transmission valve body recall. The repair cost for a new transmission is $6000.00. I feel that this is gross negligence on the part of Volkswagen of America, to knowingly place this vehicle with such a major defect on the marketplace. I now have an unusable hunk of scrap metal sitting in my garage for fear of the time bomb under the hood. I refuse to drive this car and potentially put others lives at risk. Volkswagen needs to be held responsible for KNOWINGLY putting a car with such a major defect on the road.
#734 of 795 dumped the 2004 Beetle Convertible
Oct 12, 2012 (10:24 am)
We had no choice.....have put approximately 3500.00 in repairs the past 3 years. The transmission is gone at 68,000 miles. Lost 1000.00 on the trade in. I did email Jonathan Brown with all of my concerns. Did receive a phone call from a very nice customer service rep, had no offers to "do the right thing" just listened to all of my concerns. I told her I would NEVER purchase another VW. I myself have been a long time Honda owner...my daughter is now driving a new Civic. So sad, this little bug was her dream car!
#735 of 795 There HAS to be something we can do
Oct 12, 2012 (1:14 pm)
I feel that we need to do something before more people get screwed. I think that we as a group maybe need to go after VWA. The transmission is one of the most expensive parts of a car to have fixed and this is a poor design and I know VWA knows this.
#736 of 795 Re: 2005 VW New Beetle Problems [snosingle]
Oct 13, 2012 (8:33 am)
I have the same car I bought for my daughter and the transmission failed at 60,000 miles and I wrote about the experience I had getting it repaired through an extended warranty I purchased when I bought the car. Here is your only hope at getting VW to help you. The transmission has an extended warranty of 7 years / 100,000 miles. If your car falls within 7 years as long as it was put into service after today or anytime until the end of 2012. My daughter's car was put into service in September 2004, which was why I missed VW's warranty. I was glad to have purchased and extended warranty so mine was repaired at a minimal cost. I hope this helps you-good luck.
#738 of 795 Re: dump your vw Beatle before the transmission goes
Oct 16, 2012 (7:15 pm)
I too have been taken by Volkswagen...mine lasted 100,000 k and now I am told I need a new transmission...$6,000. I loved my 2005 Beatle convertible. I will never look at anther vw..and I hope others think twice about a company that does not stand behind their products.
#739 of 795 03 Beetle Convertible POS!
Oct 25, 2012 (5:52 pm)
I also have a VW Beetle Convertible. Replaced Trans at 65,000. The electrical is completely messed up windows, drop top, interior light even the gas cover doesn't work. Seriously, I could go on and on I've put upward of $6000 into this car and everything is still broke down. Its always something with this car and I cant even express the frustration it has brought me! Getting a new catalytic converter next week, after just replacing the Oxygen sensors... hoping it will buy me enough time to get this POS paid off. After that I will replace the axel boots for the second time. I can't believe the amount of complaints I'm reading here, surely there has to be a way as a group, to get VW to be held responsible in some way for the failure of manufacturing????