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#760 of 777 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [gabbymcgee]
Feb 03, 2013 (2:40 am)
We bit the bullet after doing the math on the cost of a used car/new car/lease. It was cheaper to get the transmission repaired. Very hard check to write.
#761 of 777 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [turnerluce]
Feb 03, 2013 (5:05 am)
I was one of the very first people on here about four years ago complaining about these lemons. My trans went at a ripe old 8,800 miles with its bumpety bump and halting way of going if God forbid I was caught in traffic or ANY time the car got hot. Shook all over like it was having a seizure. You had to stop car because you couldn't shift. In the beginning I had it towed - to VW of course. They KNEW they had transmission problems right off the bat - the valve assembly was it? Can't remember the name now. It was for clutch. I wdnt fix. They wanted ME to cover because clutch wasn't part of drive train? I said stick it. Drove car knowing its' limitations. Finally 85,000 it seized up and HAD to be replaced. I did that and haven't had a problem since.
I have heard in the interim they warranteed the valve body? Never heard a word about that but it IS reimbursable. VW pays the whole bill so if you're having trans problems they are NOW Covering it but they won't volunteer the info!!! You have to contact VW yourself.
Me? I've also never had a set of headlights that work. Another structural 'oops'. Spent thousands and one is always out. Drive up a highway at night and see how many others are just like me - we 'wink' at each other!!
Do the only complaining that counts: report it to the NTSB.
Mine now has 160,000 miles. Drive was there's nothing like it. But VW screwed us ALL on this car! And I've been a loyal customer over 30 years. Shame on you VW!!!
#762 of 777 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [gorjess87]
Feb 03, 2013 (6:33 am)
It has been a long time since I have replied to this VW issue. Without, once again, writing my complaints, I will let you know that at 88,000 miles, AAMCO was terrific - replaced the transmission and had to redesign some part. With all this hype about VW Super Bowl commercial, it is bringing my anger out at them. I WILL NEVER buy another one of their cars and still wait in hope of receiving $ for my car(I know a dream). I still have the car, 130,000, window drives me crazy, my mechanic fixed the solution for the headlights. VW did all of us wrong.
#763 of 777 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [gabbymcgee]
Feb 03, 2013 (2:18 pm)
We got rid of the car! Just couldn't justify putting 5-6000 in a 9 year old car....I spoke with the marketing secretary of the VW president....there was absolutely no offer....just a I'm sorry to hear of your troubles......
My daughter now has joined the Honda family...will never own another VW EVER!!!!!!!!
Btw saw a dead "bug" on the side of the road this week..... Just makes me sick ....
#764 of 777 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [gabbymcgee]
Feb 03, 2013 (3:01 pm)
The dealer is about right 3500 or so for a rebuilt/remanufactured transmissionand 1000 to 1500 in labor the only thing to try is to replace sensors for a few hundred first. then if that doesnt work move onto the valve body for about 100 to 1500. if that doesnt work then replace transmission about 5k. basically your screwed. you could try to file a comprehensive claim with your insurance company. pay deductible get a new transmission. doubt it will work but id give it a shot. i think id try to sell the car if that didnt work and pawn it off on the next guy. unless there is an accident where the car is suddenly totalled and you can get another car . anyway good luck your screwed like the rest of us. we got lucky with a comprehensive claim but the only reson for that is they put the wrong fluid in the transmission when they tried to flush it out to see if that would help. i noticed the wrong fluid type on the reciept after crossreferencing the part number for the type of fluid my car took on line. dont even know why i did that but got really really lucky.
#766 of 777 2000VW tranmission problem
Feb 06, 2013 (8:46 pm)
After owning this car since Feburary 2000 I have suddenly come up with a serious problem. Last week I noticed a puddle of oil under the car. When the weekend hit I got the car up on ramps and tried to find the source of the leak. I could see the oil running onto the skid plate but could not determine where it was coming from. I called my service center and they told me to get it to them to find the problem. The service center was 50 miles away so I had a tow service take it for me (cost of $255). That day I was told that they couldn't tell, without taking the transmission out, what the problem was ($700 to pull tranny). Upon getting the transmission out they told me the case has a hole that is the source of the leak. Apparently a pin in the output shaft had started working its way out and had grooved a hole in the case. The technician suspected this before he pulled the transmission but couldn't verify until he pulled the unit. I have 145,000 miles on car and haven't had any problems until this time. VW America told me that since the car was 13 years old that its life was probably over but offered $750 toward the purchase of a new car.(Whoopie) cost to repair is $4800 on a car I've bought twice and paid off twice. I have enjoyed the car and the milege and do not feel that this car has ended its life. I told corp. that I think is is a defect since there is no way to see problem or fix the problem without pullin the transmission. If this is a potential problem, then why is there no way to check or reset this pin?
I'm really miffed and letdown thinking I have to repurchace my car to get it fixed. Guess thats what we get having our cars built in Mexico!!!!">link title
#767 of 777 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [elenewlife]
Feb 11, 2013 (8:40 am)
I'm very encouraged that you say VW will now pay the bill for this transmission jerking problem. My wife's is a 2004 with less than 80,000 miles.
Who is the contact at VW? The dealerships don't seem to know anything about it. Thanks for any guidance you can provide.
We bought our first beetle while in the army in Germany. This is our fourth. They sure have gotten complicated over the years.
Feb 11, 2013 (4:43 pm)
I really doubt that VW is paying for all of our transmissions problems. Maybe they could have reimbursed all of us, and not do the super bowl commercial! hopefully waiting.
#769 of 777 Re: Beetle auto transmission issue when warm [elenewlife]
Feb 25, 2013 (11:54 am)
I have a 2004 VW beetle convertible. Just love the car! But the trans is shot and it was shot when I bought it but didn't know. I've spent 1500 on the windows, another 200 on the top, another 400 on electrical and now looking at spending 3500-5000 on the transmission and it's a 2004 with 110,000 miles. Is it worth it?