Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,000 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 252016


  • miles


When I drive the car go slow then fast

- La, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182008

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The ignition coils on my 2.0L azg engine crumbled during a tune up, which resulted in a $647 repair bill. New VW ignition coil, spark plug wires and oem spark plugs were installed. Today, 4/26/2013, ignition coil crumbles again during tune up. VW claims their warranty on parts is 12 months. VW recalled a ton of ignition coils for 1.8L engines in the 2001-2003 time period claiming higher than normal failure rates. I would say that one ignition coil every 4 years is a high failure rate as well, considering of the three cars I have currently own (one for 15 years), I have never had a coil fail except for twice for this Beetle. A search of VW owner websites and you tube video sites show a plethora of failed ignition coils and how-to's for replacement of the coil. If this isn't a prevalent problem, why are so many people claiming it happens? it seems that VW is limiting their losses by ignoring these failures.

- Portage , IN, USA

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