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Power Window May Fail Due to Window Regulator on Volkswagen Beetle

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 74,377 (4,300–200,000)
14 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
220 people reported this problem
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Bought this car less than a week ago and the back passenger window won't go up or down. I hear the motor and a crackling noise.
Driver door window raises to about half way then slows and will not go up the last 1/4. Replaced the window regulator yesterday and still has the same problem. What else could it be?
Both driver and passenger windows have fallen into the doors. I got the driver one replaced and 2 wks later the passenger one fell. Is VW responsible for this at all?? I'm tired of paying money I don't have to fix this lemon that I do love...
window goes down fine but will not close all the way.
2009 beetle- I have had to replace 3 out of 4 windows on my VW beetle. the cost is extremely high to repair my driver and passenger windows were 400+ taxes and now my rear drivers window is malfunctioning and they are tell me it will be at least $600.00+ taxes that totals to $1,400.00+ taxes in repairs for the windows alone. i have never owned a car with this many window problems. there should be a recall. from what i read there has been recalls on 2012 VW Beetle window regulator but not on the 09. if they were having problems with electric windows in years previous why are they still placing electrical window units in newer models, when they know it is costly to the consumer. what a rip off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
first was front driver window and now front pass window is out
Today's date is 06/06/2015. We were told the motor was changed in 2013 for the 2012 recall. Prior to that year, if a motor failed they entered the VIN and ordered the part. Well, they received the old part which likely would break down just like the previous one. Our dealer bought the old motor (which is still being made!) and when he installed it it still would not work "correctly". It closed, but when the door opened and it lowered it did not always go all the way back up (are you reading between the lines?). So the dealer has eaten the cost of that motor and had to order me two motors (modulators) and two switches to talk to the modulators and the rest of the electrical system. If they had installed the motor, it would have been a matter of time before another window failed.
Note to any attorneys out there willing to go into the VW fire: This is a scam! The dealerships and mechanics cannot fight this any better than the consumer! The only inside information between dealerships and Volkswagen is a "bulletin" and dealers likely install the motor and complain about the car being an older model and parts are not easy to get.
WARNING: ALL VW (Jetta, Passat, Beetle, etc.) have the windows that stop and then close the rest of the way after the door is closed. This is a manufacturing and design defect that should never have been sold and should have been recalled many years ago (15 to be close). DO NOT BUY VW - - YOU CANNOT FIX THE PROBLEMS AND NEITHER CAN THEY! Even the new VW Beetle (2015- I'm driving a loaner) has this window design that closes the rest of the way when the door is closed. We were in Mexico City in early 2012, where there are a significant number of VW Beetles. Too many had their windows down in the pouring rain. Now I know. Now you know. Perhaps we should plan big rallies all across the USA to demonstrate our frustration for a problems that should have been taken care of long ago. WHO IS PROTECTING THE AMERICAN CONSUMER???!!!
I have a 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle and my windows do not always work.Mostly the drivers side window will not roll up or down.My car is a hatchback.
passenger rear window will not work, got stuck in the down position had to pull it up by hand to keep the rain out. VW wants $400.00 to repair. according to all of the reports I see it's a plastic gear that breaks and needs to be replaced. VW has had this issue since 2003 and fails to address the real problem, instead they are making a mint.
I think ever VW Beetle owner should take there cars to the nearest dealer and park them at the service door, that might get some attention.
I have just dealt with the right rear power window for the 2nd time (1st time in 2010) - replacing the regulator for $450. All 4 original power windows have had regulator, cable, and/or motor issues requiring replacement. I am now on the second round of replacements involving these power windows of my VW convertible. A few months back, it was the drivers window for the second time. This latest repair has now uncovered another problem - the right rear window switch in the driver's door is not functioning correctly, it raises but does not lower. However, the switch that raises/lowers all 4 windows at once works fine and the other individual switches work also. Prior to the recent right rear window failing, that window switch was working just fine days before. Could it be a coincidence or the fault of the service dealer? My dream car has become a financial nightmare. I will never buy another VW and maybe it's time to sell.
motor of window is work but the window doest go up or down
I've had to have my windows fixed and this will be the third time for the same problem , the last time it cost me over $900 for the repair and couldn't fix my passenger side because of the lack of parts. I'm very upset and don't know where to go next with this problem.
All 4 window regulators have failed on my 2009 Beetle Convertible.
Volkswagon refuses to pay for the repair of they obvious design flaw.
I will never buy another VW again, and I have owned many.
Driver window would just go all the way down when the unlocking the car.
$600 to fix (window regulator).
Back window on drivers side won't go up, VW garage charge almost $600.00 for a kit to fix it or $1200.00 to replace the part. Why, if so many people have this same problem WHY isn't there a recall on this problem?
The motor on the passenger side door started to grind and then stopped working altogether. Once the panel was removed, the motors gears have shown to be broken stripped along with the belt. I am frustrated that this is SO common, but no recalls have been supplied for this ridiculous cost.
My window crank completely broke off because it was getting stuck while rolling up the window. Now I cannot roll my drivers side window up or down. Sucks.
rear window won't go down or up
The back side windows won't go up or down. They just produce a cracking sounds....Having to get the thing replaced
The driver's side window will not go down but all other windows do. This is a convertable and the window has gone down to compensate for opening but now will not go back up. Note the window is not completely down.