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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,955 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 202011


  • miles


I bought my 2001 VW Beetle and I started having problems the day I brought it home. Within 45 min my epc light came on, my ABS light came on and my check engine light came on. The car stalled. I lost power steering, breaks, and car would not idle. Called the dealer and they said it sounded like the throttle body had went out. They replaced it with no charge, because I threatened to return the car under the lemon law, ever since I have had nothing but problems. Starting in Nov. Of 2010 I had a lot of miss fire. Took it to the VW dealer they said that the coils were recalled and they replaced them for free. Since then my coils and spark plugs have been replaced four times due to faulty manufacturing. About two weeks (July 2011) I went out and started my car, once again my epc light, my ABS light and check engine light came on. Once again I lost my power steering, brakes, car wouldn"T idle. Took it to the dealer they said it was the mass airflow sensor. Changed it car ran fine for one day. The next day the lights came on again. Took it back to the dealer they said it"S the coils and sparks plugs. Had them changed less than a month ago (June 2001) when I had the timing belt changed. Took it back again now they are saying it"S the throttle body again. Last time I checked a throttle body should last more than 2 year. I was looking for a used throttle body and was at a parts store the guy said that there has been a huge issue with the wiring harness and it cost about $2000 hoping this is not my problem". within the last two years I have sunk 3500 in to this crap car.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 102006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,274 miles
- the contact stated that on 07/10/06 a repair was done on his Volkswagen bug in which the brake light switch was replaced. The contact stated that the steering wheel was locking while in park. The contact called the dealership and they told him to bring in vehicle for a brake switch replacement.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #3

Oct 022003


  • miles
Problems with vehicle's brakes. The consumers had placed there vehicle in the shop for repairs it was approximately 11 days before returning. The consumer felled it was seriously a defective vehicle, either and accident would occur or in event breaking the lease. Please help in resolving matters.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Nov 052003

(reported on)

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Problems with brake equipment on 2001 Beetle. The consumer was concerned with the fact that the service dealer kept the vehicle for 17 days to fix the brake problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Oct 012002

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
The brake pedal would go all the way to the floor. The pedal was hard and would not stop the vehicle at all. The dealership was aware of the problem.

- Everett, WA, USA

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