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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,966 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 122011

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 51,933 miles


There is an unusually strong, and obnoxious, odor (smelling of burnt crayons) coming from the interior of the car. The smell is so over-powering I have to open the windows, and leave them open, the entire time I am driving the car, otherwise I become dizzy and nauseous. I searched the internet, and there are many people who have blogged they have a car made by Volkswagen with the same odor problem -- a few of these websites are; ----(1) ----(2) ----(3) ----(4)

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 302001

Beetle Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Whenever the sun roof is open 1 1/2 to 2" wide, exhaust fumes would come into vehicle while driving. Dealer notified. Dealer stated to consumer, they were aware of the problem, but there is no fix at this time.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

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