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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,429 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.

2002 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 092016

Beetle

  • 29,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle convertible. While driving approximately 40 mph in the rain, water suddenly leaked into the cabin of the vehicle and onto the driver. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,000.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #6

Oct 302015

Beetle

  • 54,000 miles
The interior smells strongly of crayons and will not go away with shampooing, cleaning and/or other methods of odor removal. The odor is very strong and rubs off on clothing and skin whilst seated.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 122012

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • 112,000 miles
Water leaking from moonroof. Headliner damp and loose.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 172009

Beetle

  • 63,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormal odor that caused the contact to receive headaches. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the odor was caused by a stain on the floor mats. The contact stated that the odor was not coming from the floor mats but the entire carpet kit. The contact removed the carpet kit but the odor persisted. The failure mileage was 63,000. The VIN was not available.

- Smokehand Valley, WA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152007

Beetle

  • 11,000 miles
Currently have very low mileage(now under 20000) 2002 VW new Beetle purchased new. After time warranty expired both power window(passenger and driver sides) regulators failed (at different times and mileages) spontaneously not due to any external event.. both regulators required replacement at considerable cost. This is very unusual because auto window regulators usually are very durable when not damaged by external crash or the like. I reported this to Volkswagen but got no satisfaction. On the internet I have found many other complaints from owners about this problem to their dismay and without satisfaction from Volkswagen. There should have been a recall for the defective parts!

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

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problem #2

Jan 112002

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
Consumer stated he has learned that the rear spoiler will deploy when driving 45-50 mph, consumer stated on the 2001 model in order for the rear spoiler to deploy, the vehicle must be driven at a rate of 80 mph, consumer feels that this feature was misrepresented and wants to return the vehicle or have this feature disengaged since the spoiler is designed to deploy at such a low speed.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 112002

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
Consumer stated he has learned that the rear spoiler will deploy when driving 45-50 mph, consumer stated on the 2001 model in order for the rear spoiler to deploy, the vehicle must be driven at a rate of 80 mph, consumer feels that this feature was misrepresented and wants to return the vehicle or have this feature disengaged since the spoiler is designed to deploy at such a low speed.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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