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2002 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

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Jan 102011


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We purchased a used 2002 VW Beetle for our daughter. It smells like burnt crayons and gives her a serious headache. Online there a numerous people complaining of this same problem. It comes from something sprayed on the undercarriage, that smells more when the car is heated up. You must be aware of this problem. What are you going to do. What should we do. The odor was covered up during the test drive, but has now become unbearable. What avenues should we pursue. Lemon law, recall, ...what should we do...or more aptly what aren't you doing? I want a solution.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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