Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,228 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 252004

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,000 miles


2001 VW Beetle, rear brake calipers locked closed causing excessive heat and dangerous conditions. VW manufacturer refuses to take responsibility for problem. I believe this is a manufacturer defect. All service and inspections done by VW dealer as required.

- London, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 152004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,455 miles
Both rear brakes locked up, needed to replace calipers, rotors, drums, pads at 16,455miles.

- Bristol, RI, USA

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