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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 132004

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


At about 30,000 mile, there was a failure of electronic intsrumentation panel due to some kind of short circuit, which they fixed under warranty. This same thing happened again at about 60,000 mile with same symptom, which I could not fix it because its warranty was over. But, I strongly believe that its instrumentation is faulty part if same part has a failure twice within 60,000 miles when other instrumentation panel last more than 220,000 mile in my other VW jetta without any failure at all.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

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