really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,408 miles

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problem #4

Sep 292010

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 65,631 miles
I was driving my 2002 new Beetle to work. The brakes froze up, I could not stop ran a stop sign I put car in park still could not stop. Happened twice more B/4 I got to work. I looked up recall for Volkswagen 2002. There was one "service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock recall. I called volks and was asked if I was the original owner? I told them no. Although I was able to speak with someone about my problem I got no results. I was told there was no recalls for VIN number I gave her. I came back to work and found that there was, said every vehicle has it's own id number which I understood but I know what happened and I could have lost my life.

- Lawrewnce, KS, USA

problem #3

Apr 232005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was on the road when all of a sudden the brakes did not operate when they were applied. As a result, vehicle hit a telephone pole. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 152001


  • miles
I bought my New beetle brand new in August 2001. The day after I brought it home (over 2 hours away), the check engine light came on. I called the dealer and they said it didn't mean anything unless it was flashing so I thought nothing of it. 2 months later my ABS went out while I was an hour from my house and it had to be towed and replaced. The windows continually go up and down by themself but the dealer can't fix it. I took my car back to the dealer yesterday because it was leaking brake fluid and told them again about the cel light. They then told me I needed to have the mass air flow sensor replace (nearly $400) and that is why my car has been downshifting by itself and losing power while driving. This makes me feel unsafe to drive the car that I had wanted for so long.

- Burkesville, KY, USA

problem #1

Mar 262002

(reported on)


  • miles
While applying the brakes, the ABS system shut down completely, the ABS system module was replaced, this was the 2nd time it had happened. Nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA