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

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

May 152003

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70 miles


We have a 2001 VW beetle and while driving on the interstate in mn, the entire plastic bottom panel separated from the auto. The panel got caught in a rear tire, causing the vehicle to temporarily lose control, then this piece of panel that is about 3' square blasted into the windshield of the car behind. This panel is removed for oil changes, engine repair and fluid fills. The mechanic said this happens with all the beetles, but the panel had to be replaced. I am concerned about the aspect of road debris and the loss of control while driving 70 mph.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

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