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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace switches (1 reports)
1999 Volkswagen Beetle windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1999 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 082005

Beetle GLS 2.0L Il4

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The plastic window toggle switches break and the windows will not function properly. Driver's window will occasionally open/close on its own. Passenger window will not lower from the driver's side switch, I have to lean over to the passenger door to open the window - once it comes down a bit I can then use the driver's side.

Note: this car has 247,000+ miles on it (I bought it wit 0.8 miles on it) and through the years I've replaced this window switch twice and it needs another. It's an annoyance having to wiggle the switch to get a window to open, stop, close, but not a huge deal. The cost of the dual switch is currently ~$75, it's a relatively simple replacement - pop the old out, unplug the connectors, reverse to install, takes about 15 minutes.

- , Thompson, CT, USA

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