8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$400.00
Average Mileage:
75,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace catalytic converter (1 reports)
1999 Volkswagen Beetle exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1999 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 082004

Beetle GLS 2.0L Il4

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

Check engine light came on, dealer read the code and determined the catalytic converter was bad and had to be replaced. Their cost to replace was in the neighborhood of $1,400 I argued that it should not have gone bad so quickly and that the part must be defective, but you can't argue with the dealer. Car was past the warranty mileage. I found the part online for a little under $400 and replaced it in my driveway. Some months later I recieved a recall notification for this very same problem and VW would replace the part for free or reimburse you if you had the part replaced ...by a mechanic/shop. Since I did it myself, I got nothing from VW.

My Beetle now has 247,000+ miles and I've had to make this repair one other time, probably at around 190,000 miles. During that replacement, 3 of 6 manifold bolts snapped and had to be drilled out and replaced. One was impossible to properly drill out so (because I needed the car) I used a small bit and replacement bolt; as a result, I now have an exhaust leak at the manifold.

Because the Cat is welded to the downpipe, replacing the Catalytic converter is NOT an easy job - at least not in one's driveway; might be easier with a lift(?).

- , Thompson, CT, USA

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