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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,000 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 242007

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


Failure to start, wont read key in ignition dealer unable to fix problem as of yet. Similar problems occurred last year, prior to routine maintenance when problem was mentioned, the dealer couldn't find anything wrong.... basically brushed me off. Very frustrating since I greatly depend on my car for work. The car is completely inoperable!

- Rowland Hts, CA, USA

problem #1

May 152005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Dt : the key will not turn in the ingition. Had to wait up to 10 minutes in order to get the vehicle to start. Once it started it stayed locked/parked. It was intermittently. Contacted the deale, they could not duplicate the problem and could not T replace parts until they duplicate. This started on May 15, 2005. Also the trunk release will not unlock from the button that used inside the vehicle. Dealer could not duplicate this problem either.

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

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