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Volkswagen Beetle TDI Power Windows Fail More Often Than Manually Operated Window Cranks

Volkswagen Beetle TDI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 57,000 mi (40,000 mi - 90,000 mi)


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

  • My driver's side window has no problem going down but starts moving up and then stops and go back down. I have to push the window up and us the button at the same time in order to get the window to go up. It is awful.

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  • have had 3 of these go out on me so far

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Had a tiny collision, right side of car barely scratched. Window would only go half way. Then over a year later it fixed itself!

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  •  Rookie

    Started when one night I went to put my power soft top up and it wouldn't go up. Finally got it up and a few days later the back window started down as I put the top down but got stuck half way down and there was a some sort of noise if you tried to get it up with controls. We manually got the window up and I haven't put the top down since. I've had 2 other Beetles with sun roofs and I had window regulator problems in both of them. It escapes me why the recall for the front window regulators wasn't expanded to cover the back windows since I'm sure VW was aware that they designed them exactly the same and now everyone has the same problem everyone had with the front windows.

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