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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. flush transmission 2-3 times over 6 month period (1 reports)
2002 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

May 152010

Beetle 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Loving my 40 mpg VW turbo diesel--then the transmission slipped going into reverse. Eventually wouldn't move the vehicle backward at all. Had to park way out in a parking lot so I could pull out going forward or push it back by hand. Supposedly has a maintenance free transmission. VW dealer said it would require a new tranny, but my clever euro mechanic flushed the trans and got alot of gunk out of it. Worked better but not great, but his plan was to flush it again after two months. I've had it back now for more than a month and it's working great. I hear VW now suggests maintaining--hmm.

- , Clovis, NM, USA

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