2004 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Problems

Camshaft Wears Down Prematurely

The 2.0L TDI engine used in the Volkswagen Beetle TDI (New Beetle TDI) very commonly faces camshaft lobe wear issues causing:

-Pronounced loss of power

-Backfire through the intake (heard under the hood)

-Rough vibrations while the engine is running

-decreased fuel economy

- OBD trouble code P0101

Correction for this issue requires substantial internal engine work including replacement of the camshaft, hydraulic lifters, and possibly fuel injectors

To help avoid this issue, ensure you are using the correct oil for your engine, as listed in your owners manual. 

Check Engine Light Due to Issues With Glow Plugs/Wiring Harness

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

Inspect Brakes at Every Service as Rear Brakes Wear Out Quickly

The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Questions

Were is hydraulic motor in my convertable in vw new bettle 2004 (1 answer)

engine oil pressure light (1 answer)

Engine oil pressure light comes on when exceeding 1500 rpms. Can anyone tell me what is probably causing this.Thanks

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