Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Volkswagen
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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.
Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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Volkswagen Questions and Answers
I'm trying to change the thermostat and tried using a socket with extension and it did not fit...does another part need to be removed to get to it?
I have a 1985 vw Cabriolet w/ manual transmition. There is a round rubber seal with a hole in it on top of the bell housing. Does this opening stay open, or should it be plugged?
Gas gauge quit working this morn, is sending unit in tank or is it the gauge itself in dash ???
hi i have this Vw cabriolete i replace the timing belt and still won't fire , do i sync anything how do i do that what is my new steps thank you.
Volkswagen Owners' Reviews
Well I've owned by 2003 Bug since my Mom passed away in 2010. She bought it brand new and she never had to do anything but oil changes. Now that it is 11 years old it's falling apart, but only has 50,000 miles! The check engine light has been on 3 times in 3 months. First mechanic replaced the thermostat, then coils, plugs & wires, NOW $1000 later they say that it's the catalytic converter (and says I should also do the timing belt/water pump too) which will cost a total of $1,800! I guess it's cheaper than buying a new car, but what the hell!!
It's my 2nd Beetle and it has 270,000 miles but it was a terrible car compare with my first Beetle 2002.
Car was not well done from the beginning and service would not help much as all problems never were fixed (just short term fix). To make long story short the car was falling apart from the beginning despite that I do take good care of my car.
I do not think I'll buy VW Beetle again. Very much disappointed !
The good- great ride, great power V-6, nice interior, quiet.
The bad- poor gas milage with V-6, not very good steering feedback, the cost of changing the transmission fluid $400.00 for DSG transmission (I will trade this car in before the transmission fluid change is due) will never buy a car with DSG transmission again. I would love to see VW change to the new ZF 9 speed.
At 62K miles the engine light came on. I took it to my local mechanic who diagnosed the problem as carbon buildup on the valves which they said that the intake manifold would have to be removed and the valves cleaned manually which they were not equipped to do. I took the cc to the VW dealer, they said the same thing and quoted me $300 to do an induction service (BG) or remove the intake manifold and manually clean the valves. They explained to me that this 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine has direct fuel injection into the combustion chamber so no fuel is flowing over the valves to keep them clean. The quote to do this was $800. I went to VW HQS and plead my case. They suggested i try the induction service and if it didn't work to call them back. This is what I did and the induction service didn't work so I went back to VW Hqs and they agreed to credit me the cost of the induction service towards the valve cleaning which I went ahead and had done. Total price $800 minus the credit of $300, it cost me $500. The dealer tried to tell me this problem in the fault of the poor gas quality but my opinion is that it is a design flaw and VW did not test the engine long enough for this problem to show up. There has to be a volume of owners out there experiencing the same problem. So if the group is large enough maybe someone can get something done to get VW to acknowledge the problem and reimburse us for this expense repair and engineer a fix for the future.
TDI 2006, too many fixes including clutch, door wiring harness, secondary fuel pump, under body rubbers, hoses and motor camshaft