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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle brakes problems

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 262005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


I have a 2001 new Beetle. I took ownership in July 2000. My complait is that I had my brake light and ABS light come on and diabled my stopping ability of my vehicle. I had my car repaired replacing the electronic contol unit of my ABS system. This cost me $1300 to repair. After researching online I found that this was a recall for my make and model car under the same manufaturer dates of Sept 1999 through January 2001. The NHTSA campaign id number is #02V031000. My vehicles VIN number was not included in the sequence of recalled vehicles. I am appauled that my car having the same exact problem with the same manufature date is not covered on the recall. I would like to have this investigated and demand an explanation as to why it is ok for me to risk my family's lives with something that was already identified as a major problem. Not to mention a big expense that should be covered by the manufacturer.

- Gold Canyon, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 262005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
My ABS dash indicator came on steady, the brake indicator on the dash started flashing and what sounded like the interior chime started sounding continuously. I pulled over into a parking lot and turned off the engine. A puff of smoke/steam came up from the passenger front wheelwell and there was a horrible hiss and whine coming from under the hood on the same side and a burning plastic smell. The dealer said it was the ABS module (which they changed for $950!!!) and that only fixed the ABS light. No clue on the flashing brake idiot light and now they say the ac does not work at all. No refrigerant, so obviously a leak. It seems way too coincidental. I heard about an ABS module recall back in '03 which could short circuit and cause an engine fire. I don't have any idea about the engine compartment geography and I've only had the car (bought used) for about a year and a half. It appears I am not the only person to have experienced this problem. See attached link:

- Fairfield, OH, USA

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