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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,333 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 162015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that the brake light and other lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ABS control module needed to be replaced. The dealer checked with the manufacturer regarding NHTSA campaign number: 02V031000 (service brakes); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 162013

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • 130,000 miles
Pulled over for right brake light being out.. had replaced the bulb the month before for the same issue. Replaced the bulb again and the brake lights still do not come on...

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

May 222013

Beetle 4-cyl

  • miles
The brake lights are inoperative, remain off. Failure to provide the proper signal when braking could lead to a crash without warning. Previous recall 06V183000: Brake light switch defect make/models: Model/build years:Volkswagen/jetta 1999-2002volkswagen/new Beetle 1998-2002manufacturer: Volkswagen of America, Inc.NHTSA campaign id number: 06V183000 mfg's report date: May 24, 2006component: Exterior lighting: Brake lights: Switch. VW is not interested to investigate the problem saying that have completed the recall and this is my problem not theirs even though brake light problem is back.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

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