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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace regulator (1 reports)
  3. replace window regulator assembly (1 reports)
2001 Volkswagen Beetle windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 232016

Beetle GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


Earlier this year, the driver's window would not go back up to close. New regulator assembly needed. Now, three months later, the same thing with the passenger window. Each repair cost $400.

- , Homer Glen, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 162012

Beetle GLS 3.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Apparently this is a problem with VWs. Was hoping they would take responsibility since there was a past recall. Haven't heard back yet.

- , Discovery Bay, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162008

Beetle GLX Turbo 8.1L

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

It was pretty ridiculous. It just stopped working and my window fell into my door. Lucky it didn't break. My boyfriend is a auto tech and he put the window and ordered the part for me. But there's two separate parts in there and you have to buy them separately which ends up costing a crap ton. Not to mention waiting on the part to come in from the dealership... and dealing with rain. We looked up on the internet that it's been a problem in every bug with window regulators, however, there has never been a recall put out.

- , Ottumwa, IA, USA

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