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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
44,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. have them put in a new computer (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

May 082008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Went and got it checked right when it happened. Estimated cost was 800$ and up...

- , Wichita, KS, USA

problem #1

Jun 202007

(reported on)

Beetle 1.8L TURBO

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

Two days after I bought this car from the dealership, I went back to give them my trade in. As I started my new car to leave, the engine puttered and then shut the car off entirely. After that, I couldn't turn it back on at all. They had to take the car back, even though thay had ASSURED me it had been checked through and through and they didn't even give me a laoner car. I was without a car for 2 weeks but when it was returned it ran smoothly. In the end, they dont even know why the computer died but they of course were more than happy to replace it.

- , Kent, WA, USA

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