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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
145,000 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 032016


  • 169,000 miles


I think there are air bubbles in the fuel injection pump. I have no money to repair it. I need it to go back and forth to work.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 312015


  • 121,000 miles
Forums concerning this VW model, and other models both older and newer, are replete with reports of the cars stalling with symptoms of starved fuel, usually arising when the tank is less than half full. See, e.g., My vehicle suffers from identical symptoms. Other owners attempt to solve the problem by (1) cleaning the fuel tank; (2) replacing the fuel pump; (3) replacing the speed sensor; (4) replacing the crank sensor; (5) replacing the fuel filter; (6) replacing the fuel pump relay; and (7) cleaning the fuel tank. In most cases, based on review from these forums, the problem is not permanently solved and recurs while driving causing the car to stall and creating a threat to life safety. I cannot believe VW is unaware of this problem based on the multitude of reports. Yet, I have seen nothing from VW that addresses this issue. If no investigation has been launched on this issue, NHTSA should launch one.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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