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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,539 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 exhaust system problems

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 262010


  • miles


Why don't you have a catalytic converter problem for the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle. The company is replacing them. I just had one installed after having the engine light indicate I had a problem.

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 182009


  • 125,000 miles
1. normal driving. 2. exhaust gas recirculating (egr) cooler connecting pipe fractures. This can occur anywhere between 30,000 and 120,000 miles. This fracture allows exhaust fumes to enter the passenger cabin. As of now the part has not been replaced, $178 dealer item. Old part will be available upon request.

- Westlake, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 232008


  • 85,233 miles
Defective part. Catalyst failed on our 2001 new Beetle turbo. This vehicle, for some reason, was not of warranty extension for this issue from 80,000 to 120,000. We did not get any notice, and, as a result, VW refuses to replace our catalyst as we have 85,000 miles on the vehicle.

- York, ME, USA

problem #3

Apr 052008


  • 75,000 miles


I have a 2001 VW new Beetle. I have replaced brake light, which was drains the battery, serpentine belt, remoteless key which is still broken- basically 6 days after buying this car- I spent $1200 on repairs- now the check engine light is on, the transmission is acting funny, and basically- my VW dealership has a field day with me. To top it off- my battery died a month ago- and caught on fire when I tried to jump it. I am afraid that this car will blow up on me at any time. Please help me!

- Delray Ebach, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 192008


  • miles
The car's check engine light comes on variably, local mechanic claims an oxygen sensor is malfunctioning, and able to clear the computer warning check engine light. VW service station claims can't diagnose problem if light is out, have to wait til light is on again.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

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problem #1

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I have 21,500 miles on my 2001 VW Beetle, has been in the shop aprox 6 times for the same problem, car hesitates and stalls out as check engine light is a constant on, dealership cannot find the problem, my wife and I were almost killed in vehicle due to stalling out in front of fast moving traffic, I let them know that this vehicle was an endanger to my and my families life while driving and would like this vehicle towed in, and since was an on going problem also needed a rental car and the dealership and Volkswagen of America both refused on both accounts, because of the bitter taste in my mouth for VW. I no longer want this car.

- Pasorobles, CA, USA

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