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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,022 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle fuel system problems

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 122015

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 115,045 miles


I received a coupon in the mail from midas for $19.95 oil change with coupon.the coupon specified to bring coupon with me to a midas mechanic shop to get the $19.95 oil change.I went to midas at 4480 S babcock street, melbourne Florida and I presented the coupon. The manager asked me did you bring your own synthetic oil like you use to, I responded no I have a coupon.he printed the receipt for $19.95, and I signed. I use to buy my own synthetic oil and midas charged me $19.95 for oil change at same rate they charge for regular oil change.midas always advertised outside their shop an oil change for $19.95. This price is without a coupon. As the mechanic drove my car into the shop for oil change, I reminded the mechanic my car takes only synthetic oil. He told the manager/owner and came back to tell me they are going to put syntactic oil. So he started changing the oil. After he was done the mechanic told me to go and pay for the oil change. The manger/owner asked for my credit card and he did all the transactions and hand me the receipt in a envelop. As I am leaving the shop I took the receipt out of the envelop and found out the manager/owner charged me $62.66 for oil change without saying a ward to me.he should of told me to come back and sign anther agreement for the $62.66 but he choose not to because he wanted to make more money and if he told me I would of said no, and I would of told him I want to comeback with my own synthetic oil. The owner wanted me to bring the car back so he could take his syntactic oil out and put regular oil instead in my car even though he knows my car does not use regular oil. I replied you would break my car and might do something to the engine that could cause danger to me and others if breaks in the middle of the road. I refused to let him put regular oil in my car for fear of mechanical damage to my car.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 052013

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
I bought my 2003 VW Beetle a few months ago from a private seller. In the past week, the shifting has gotten really difficult and it very often will not accelerate easily. My husband drove the car and reported having no problems, so he didn't believe me. Yesterday, I was driving on the highway and couldn't get the car to accelerate past 50 mph. It was especially scary when I tried to cross the highway and the car didn't want to accelerate at all. That could have been a horrible accident. After crossing the highway, I was unable to accelerate past 20 mph. I parked the car at a relatives home and had her drive me home as I was afraid to drive the car again. I started doing research and was blown away by the number of people facing the same problems. This is a dangerous situation that needs to be resolved.

- Lewes, DE, USA

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