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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,353 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 182009


  • miles


While Beetle driven by my wife it will just shut down!!! it will only crank back on about 30 minutes later! this is very dangerous because it will shut down wherever!!! I already spend $1350 dollars. And not yet fixed! the car has being park outside of my house for las year! and still making payments on it!!!! dealer will not do anything!

- Henderson, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 152005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,706 miles
I own a new VW Beetle and the instrument cluster has been giving displays that come on and off concerning the ABS system, air bag and engine. I had the car looked at and was told that there is corrosion of the terminal strip from the coolant tank that is causing the problem. I was further told that and given a field service technical bulletin that outlined the problem due to a design flaw. This can be a problem as the instrument panel is unreliable and the safety systems cannot be sure to be working. I contacted Volkswagen to no avail. I would like to know what recourse I have to have a design flaw corrected?

- Adams, TN, USA

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