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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle lights problems

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 222006

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


When attempting to put car into reverse brake switch does not respond. This has happened numerous times. Driver side window goes back down by itself. Also car shifts real hard in second and third gear. Sounds like transmission will break.

- Mineral Wells, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 122003

(reported on)


  • 20,000 miles
When attempting to move the gear shift out of park, the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealership. The driver indicated the epc light came on while driving previously. Vehicle was repaired and it failed again on the same day as the repair. The failure occurred three times as a result of a faulty brake light switch.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

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