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2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,497 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle accessories - interior problems

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 152005

Beetle

  • 49,491 miles

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

Air bag light and the warning light for malfunction indicator lamp comes on and does not go out also driver seat is stuck. The vehicle was taken on 11/15/2005 at that time it was only the air bag cause; 00591. Drivers seat belt switch faulty it was replaced on 12/12/2007 the same problem and more but, this time I have done a lot of research on the internet and I have found a alot of people have had the same problem and NHTSA is aware of it.the car is no longer under warranty I have had repair driver seat slider. It has been very frustrating, never purchase another VW.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 152007

Beetle

  • 70,000 miles
Drivers seat will not stay latched to the floor of the car, and seat bounces as I drive. Was repaired at dealership in Dec 2007, broke again in June 2008. Dealership refuses to accept responsibility. Suggests replacing the seat frame for $700. Normal use of a drivers seat should not cause this type of an issue.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012007

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle. The welding has failed on the driver's seat track. As a result, the seat moves back and forth and, in the event of a crash, the seat would detach from the vehicle. The dealer stated that they were aware of the failure, but were not obligated to make the repair. The failure mileage was 38,000 and current mileage was 39,000. Updated 01-11-08. Updated 12/12/07

- Buffalo, NY, USA

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