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:
39,228 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen Beetle brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

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

problem #1

May 012003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
While applying the brakes the consumer heard a loud knocking noise from the rear. The consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for an inspection and the mechanic determined that the rear brakes and rotors needed to be replaced due to corrosion. The rear brakes needed to be replaced along with the rotors. The front brake pads showed no sign of wear and the rear brake pads wore to the extent that the brake rotor was damaged beyond repair. The dash indicator light did not illuminate.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

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