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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,200 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 192010

Beetle 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Volkswagen new Beetle. Consumer writes regarding replacement brake light switch the consumer stated the epc light illuminated. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and the problem was diagnosed as a failed brake light switch. The consumer stated it was the same switch that wa replaced under recall.

- Ross, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 122006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
: the contact stated a NHTSA recall letter was received indicating the brake safety switch needed to be replaced at the nearest dealership. The vehicle had not presented any problems with the brake light switch yet. The nearest dealership was 130 miles from the locality. The contact asked the manufacturer for the replacement part to perform the repair at an independent authorized certified mechanic or other trusted dealership. The manufacturer refused the proposal. The contact expressed concern because the manufacturer should be flexible in cases were no dealership were present in the area.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 272006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
I have a 2002 VW Beetle and the brake lights do not work because the brake light switch failed. I know they have recalled other Beetles for this but when I called VW they said it was not recalled on my vehicle.

- Fairhaven, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 082006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was not able to be taken out of park during failure of the brake light switch. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the brake light switch was replaced 4 times. There was a NHTSA recall # 06V183000 which pertained to the brake light switch. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 072003

Beetle

  • miles
The epc light comes on the dash. I was told this is due to a brake light switch that will go out. This causes cruise control to go out, brake lights to not work, and difficulty getting your gearshift out of park or neutral.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

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