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2002 Volkswagen Beetle

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.

2002 Volkswagen Beetle Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, March 8, 2002


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Electrical & Lights, April 27, 2007


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Electrical & Lights, November 27, 2006

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Volkswagen has recalled certain 1999-2002 Jetta and 1998-2002 Beetle models because a brake light switch may malfunction if incorrectly installed during a safety recall. This can cause the brake lights to become inoperative or remain on. Dealers will install the newly designed brake light switch free of charge.

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Questions and Answers

junkcar, 2002 Volkswagen Beetle, Gasoline, Columbus, GA

i have this 2002 bettle and im having problems with tthe ligths, dash board, back lights, trunk, is crazy, all the electrical things not working, what i can do?

junkcar, 2002 Volkswagen Beetle, Gasoline, Columbus, GA

im having too many problems with this junk, brakes, electrical, windows,trunk. what is wrong with this cars?

silverbeetle, 2002 Volkswagen Beetle, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Bellerose, NY

I have a 2002 Beetle and I would like to install a new speedometer which show KM & MPH at the same time. I have the part but I need to replace the old one. Could you tell me how could I manage ...

luvdsonshine, 2002 Volkswagen Beetle, Diesel, Virginia Beach, VA

why does back of car flood when it rains?? floor is soaking wet. hubby checked for clogs in sunroof but didnt see anything. VW mechanic said would cost too much to take everything apart to check...

Harryl, 2002 Volkswagen Beetle, Post Falls, ID

where and how

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

This 2002 New Beetle Turbo S is my second New Beetle, the first being a 2000 (no turbo) and the third a 2004 Turbo S. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy driving this car because it has a LOT more power than you would guess. And everyone who has driven it says the same. They fall in LOVE. It's a fun car to drive. However, like the other two New Beetles I have owned (the 2000 and 2004 Turbo S) the body/interior etc. leaves a LOT to be desired. Everything falls apart. Believe me, this car is no longer pretty. Still its fun as hell to drive. Oddly, I bought my 2004 based on my love of the 2002 and while they are supposedly the same car (both Turbo S) the 2004 feels like a tin can by comparison. The doors aren't heavy like the 2004, the drive is not as fun or solid. The 2004 doesn’t seem to have the same kind of power at all. Yes, it's faster than the standard New Beetle, but the 2002 has a LOT more heart. I don't know if this is just MY experience, or if others who have driven both would say the same... and I'm not sure why the difference, but the 2004 just feels cheap compared to the 2002. All of my VW New Beetles have the same VW body/interior issues: they fall apart. But I knew this when I bought it. The 2002 has been good to me. I tend to be hard on cars so I have to give it props. I’ve never had any mechanical problems with it until now... and even still it drive NICE... it's just louder and needs a little love. I've driven it for about 5 years and it now has about 130,000 miles on it and it’s time for some attention, but all in all it’s been a good car. I don’t have the same faith in my 2004 which only has about 85,000 miles on it.

my ac is not cooling but the compressor is running i had the refridgeant checked it is full but the guy said that it was the compressor even thou it is running he said the the pressure should be level in the compressor but it is kicking in an when iwas looking on line for prices for a compressor it said the the compressor for a vw beetle has low pressure on one side n high pressure on the other so now i'm confused.the ac worked one day n the next it didn't anybody have any answers

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