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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,481 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 #3

Feb 282006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,738 miles


These are secondary safety issues: 1) gas gauge requires $700 instrument cluster 2) headlights shipped from factory missing retainer band and require $650 fix just to align. VW san jose, ca invoice [xxx] on 2001 VW Beetle lemon [xxx]. updated 07/17/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Daughter's 2001 VW new Beetle, purchased pre-owned odometer reading 34908 with highest level extended warranty available. Electrical circuitry (igniter of air bag) had sporadic voltage reading. Pre-emptying warnings of air bag malfunction. The actual problem was in the electrical circuitry, however since the bottom line to correcting the electrical circuitry would rely on replacing the air bag, the warranty refuses to cover the charge. Service technician insists it is an electrical problem, which warranty does cover...warranty insists the correcting of electrical circuit results in air bag replacement...warranty does not state air bag coverage-therefore we will not cover expense.

- Katy, TX, 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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