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

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 212003

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Defective battery on a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle. The battery was replaced. The battery did not accept charging due to a dead cell. The battery was only 7 1/2 months old.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 122001

Beetle

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When jump starting or replacing the battery vehicle would run approximately three miles or less before it stalls completely out. Vehicle had to be towed to a dealer shop to reset all of electrical components to get vehicle to run again. If this occurs in a town or city that does not have a Volkswagen dealer shop, what can one do? asking NHTSA to look into this matter.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #8

Oct 122001

Beetle

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When jump starting or replacing battery vehicle would run approximately three miles or less before it stalls compelety out. Vehicle had to be towed to dealers shop to reset all electrical components in order to get vehicle to run again. If this occurs in a town or city that does not have a Volkswagen dealer shop, what can one do? asking NHTSA to look into this matter. Feel free to provide any further information concerning this matter.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012000

Beetle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Many problems/failures between 10600 and 19000 miles. Dashboard left turn signal indicator intermittent failure persists for >1 year and devonhills VW refuses to fix the problem because it would be expensive for them (in the mean time, the light is useless since half the time it is on, half off).

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 212000

Beetle

  • miles
Battery problem. I stopped at signal and when I restarted the engine stopped and I was almost rear end. The ABS and brake lights came on. The car was towed. Apparently the battery was falling out of the car at 13,000 miles. A few months later I heard a noise and slipping within the transmission. As it turned out, engine coolant had leaked into the transmission and a rebuilt was put in. Within a few weeks after the rebuilt was put in, it was making some noise and it had intermittent lurching. I complained to VW of America and the dealership. They took care of the noise and said they would be unable to help with the lurch problem. I was in an accident a month and a half after getting the rebuilt. I went into a pole sideways. I had an independent transmission specialist test drive it after the car was repaired. He reported an unusually long pause for engagemet. I believe that when I was in a roll forward motion and would put my foot to the gas, it would not engage properly and lurched. The reason it was intermittent, is due to the fact that sometimes when you would be in a rollforward motion it would be in gear and not lurch. If it was not in gear due to the long pause, you would get a lurching movement. My first transmission never had this problem. There is a potential design flaw with this transmission. When I was talking to the service manager at commonwealth, with my first transmission, he had stated they were having problems with the jetta transmissions.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 172001

Beetle

  • miles
Car stalled on busy interstate due to air intake failure, battery failure prompted me to purchase a replacement from my ase certified mechanic. Once the replacement was installed, we discovered the diagnostic connector was VW specific, not obd II compliant as required by law. In order to reset the computer codes, I had to tow the car to a VW dealer, the only party who has the VW compliant connector. Multiple electrical system problems and the way the car just dies at speed and without warning make it a very unsafe vehicle.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012000

Beetle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Multiple problems with car since purchase.

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #3

Sep 262000

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 022000

(reported on)

Beetle

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Battery blew up, causing windows to lock/ door locks not to work. Volkswagen was contacted.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 091998

Beetle

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Battery failed. Nlm

- Chula Vist, CA, USA

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