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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 202004


  • 10,000 miles


Electrical problem with 2001 Volkswagen Beetle. The consumer was driving on the highway when the vehicle lost power and shut down with no warning. The diagnosis was that the vehicle needed a new alternator.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #1

Jun 202004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 VW Beetle, 10,000, well maintained mechanically/garage parking - alternator shut down on I-66 in Virginia with no previous warning; number of lights on the panel lite up on the morning of June 20, 2004 on a trip to Tennessee and car just shut down, lost power.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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