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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,385 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 112004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,770 miles


2001 VW turbo Beetle (22,770 mileage) low oil pressure. Serviced at dealership. Oil sludge cleaned from pan and pickup tube replace, cost $457.53. Synthetic oil use vice normal oil to avoid sludge buildup. VW manufacturer was aware of the engine design problem that caused normal oil to break down. Owner's manual should state only use synthetic oil. All previous oil changes and servicing were performed at specified mileages at the VW dealership.

- Fallon, NV, USA

problem #1

Jan 032003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Coilpacks on 2001 New beetle 1.8 turbo sport going out. If I were passing someone or pulling out into traffic, what could have inevitably happened?? myself and/or others could have been hurt or killed!

- Newnan, GA, USA

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