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Volkswagen Beetle Owners: Problems & Solutions

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What is this discussion about? Volkswagen New Beetle, Coupe, Hatchback # 591 of 600 1999 VW Beetle Antenna Replacement by brain420 May 03, 2006 I am trying to figure out if anyone on here can help me.

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Bert Gonzalez

Menifee, CA

#164 Jul 9, 2009
Alternator is not charging battery,was pulled out of car,tested,test showed alternator working properly. Battery was checked also tested working properly. When the alternator on vehicle it dose not charge battery.

Hartland, WI

#165 Jul 12, 2009
2000 1.8 turbo cooling fans on when the key is turned on.Replaced top sensors.


#166 Jul 13, 2009
hi any one help me i posted a email in june and i keep getting an email saying i have got a reply but there is no replys posted to me how do i get to them? thanks johnone

Oak Creek, WI

#167 Aug 9, 2009
I have a 98 VW Beetle. The check engine light is "stuck" on and sometimes I can feel the engine "miss" when the car is idoling. Any ideas?

Chapel Hill, NC

#168 Aug 11, 2009
sharon wrote:
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my car is doing the same thing. Had an issue with coolant, refilled car, light on again, replaced water coolant part ($40), boiled water out, replaced thermostat, light went off for a while, now is on blinking mode with no loss of coolant?
CAR is Possessed!!!
So what happened? My car has the same problem. how did you fix it?

Alexandria, VA

#169 Aug 27, 2009
1999 Beetle - loud screeching sound on start up. Ceases immediately after start. Sounds like typical belt squeel but none of the following has solved the problem - replaced belt, replaced belt tensioner, replaced starter.

Clayton, IN

#170 Sep 8, 2009
I have a 2000 VW Bug the problem is when it rains water comes in on the passenger floor. Has anyone had this issue?
John Valencia

United States

#171 Oct 3, 2009
Please HELP!!! I just bought a 99 Beetle 1.8T with 60k miles as a gift for my wife. It ran great for the 1st week, but now it runs and won't accelerate AT ALL. I repalced the throttle body and the accelerator pedal, but nothing changed. I forgot to metion that in the dash a light that says EPC is on. PLEASE HELP ME..

Wake Forest, NC

#172 Oct 4, 2009
BinaG wrote:
Dear Twinkey, I had the same issue come up with my 2001 Beetle. Car runs great but the engine light will go out for a few days and come back on.
Did you find any answers? Thanks for the imput
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I had similiar problem light would come on go off/ come on again. Took to auto zone and the checked code read something like temp sensor--- turned out to be bad thermostat. Was not easy to change but solved my problem 20,000 miles ago

Wake Forest, NC

#173 Oct 4, 2009
I have a 2003 beetle conv that the drivers side window works except it will only go down half way. Open door it lowers as it should and returns up when door is closed but try to lower and won't go all the way down. Tired of opening door at drive thru's any suggestions?

Rockford, IL

#174 Oct 5, 2009
I am still having a problem with water coming into the car during a rain. I think it is coming in around the firewall, it only shows up on the passenger side floor board. Please send me any info you might have to; [email protected]


Elizabethtown, KY

#175 Oct 7, 2009
I have a 1998 VW Beetle. I just put $700 dollars in it and no one can get the check engine light off. In NY you have to have the check engine light off in order to pass inspection. The O2 sensor was replaced, and now the machine is saying it needs a O2 sensor. Anyone have any suggestions?

Bilston, UK

#176 Nov 1, 2009
Billybones wrote:
I have a 2000 VW Bug the problem is when it rains water comes in on the passenger floor. Has anyone had this issue?
i also have the same problem it could be the drain hole blocked next to your pollen filter above the glovebox or if you haven,t got the original vw windscreen it could leaking around there

Bilston, UK

#177 Nov 1, 2009
i have 2000 beetle which has a oil leak ,its been in 3 different garages first garage fiited a new oil filler seal the second fitted a new rocker gasket and the third didn,t know where it was coming from .
Amber Stemple

Lewisburg, TN

#178 Nov 3, 2009
Glenda wrote:
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I had same problem, found out that the U.S. goverment forced a recall on the catalitic converter, something to do with it breaking inside and creating emmissions above accepted pollution levels,but the problem it created for me was acceleration and cutting out. This is not a manufacture recall, so volkswagen is not required to notify you, it is a goverment recall and your volkswagen dealer is required to repair it at no cost to you. I took printed info from internet and had mine repaired, no questions ask. That was about a year ago and no problems since, not in that area anyway !! Good luck
I have a 2005 Volkswagen turbo and i was just wondering if that would be covered under this warranty because my car has been messing up like that, or you could email me the link to where you found this information, much appreciated!
[email protected]

Bloomington, IN

#179 Dec 17, 2009
I love my 1999 Beetle, however, the recalls that they have owned up to are only two of many: Break light, and electric window. I can comment, it would depend on how the previous owner maintained the car. My gas door will not shut, and I had to invest in a new glove compartment as that would not shut. Little things that cann add up.
Myself? It now has 123,000 miles on it and am currently running into the old car syndrome and consider myself fairly lucky. I've been told it's way over due for a timing belt and is costly. It also needs a serpentine belt, which is not costly. Breaks? I'm hard on breaks.
Len Hand

United States

#180 Feb 10, 2010
I have a 2002 New Beetle GLS diesel. The alarm system goes off for no reason when starting or stopping the car. The keyless entry will not stop it. Problem is spuratic but getting worse. Need help.
Jon from sturg wisconsin

United States

#181 Feb 11, 2010
yesterday we started up our bug and it made an odd, gurgling sound. I thought it was snow that went up and somehow got into the airbox. but when we cleaned it out nothing changed. i later found out that a plug wire was burnt out so i replaced them and now it makes another odd noise. I checked the diagnostic meter we bought and it says there's a problem with cylinder #3. The plug is black, but i do not smell gas from the exhaust, so the coil/ignition isnt bad, i dont think. but that doesnt explain the odd sound. I think the head gasket blew and is causing the fouled plug and odd noise. anyone else hae any ideas on what is wrong?(i accidently broke on of the vaccumm tubes and duct taped it. the car sounds like, well if you ever put on a cold air intake or have heard a tuner car, that same kind of sound, mabyye a different problem?)
jeff Dubel

Greensboro, NC

#182 Mar 7, 2010
need to know how to change out the radio and front speakers in a 2001 beetle

Breslau, Canada

#183 Apr 8, 2010
I have a '99 VW Beetle, and have been having stalling problems for about 4 months. I have spent close to $2,000 trying to fix it. It would stall when coming to stop signs, while doing low km's in traffic and just started to stall while doing 80km an hour. I have to let it sit for about 10 mins then it will turn over and start. I think we finally found the answer to this problem about three weeks ago, and have not had any problems since. I had a 'coolant coil' replaced, not sure if that's the exact lingo but it was our last hope. Crossing my fingers that this works!

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