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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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 082004


  • 200 miles


When I put the car into drive it doesn't always accelerate as soon as I hit the gas pedal. I never know when it's going to happen and it's very nerve racking. It's most difficult in a parking lot.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 082003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Car intermittently fails to respond to the accelerator pedal - acceleration is delayed for several seconds - possibly by computer. I have had many close calls when pulling into traffic- car accelerates only when it is ready. I have requested repair every time the car is in for service. They say that they reset something and problem temporarily goes away. VW doesn't seem acknowledge this as a safety issue/concern. They didn't put the request in my last maintenance/computer write-up. I also head another customer, while at the dealer, ask about the same problem. VW should address this problem.

- Saugus, MA, USA

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