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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,762 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle miscellaneous problems

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

May 042016


  • miles


Its a recall of the water pump and I'm having issues with my cooling, my car is running hot have had everything done except the water pump and still running hot just found out that its a recall on the water pump if there is other recall can it be done also

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #1

Apr 252008


  • 73,525 miles
On April 25, 2008 we took our 2003 VW Beetle convertible to our VW dealer for service and a complaint about the transmission shifting hard or clunking at times. They said the noise was the exhaust and adjusted it and signed off. That was not the problem. The hard shifting continued occasionally for some time. Then it started to happen more often and be more severe. On October 23, 2009, we returned to our dealer for service and told them again about our concerns about the hard shifting as we had on several occasions in the past. At this time they ran a diagnostic ($90) on the transmission. They had to order a part and we returned on November 5, 2009 to have the cable installed. ($1406.36) the problem got worse and we returned November, 10, 2009 for another diagnostic and another cable install.($179.78) still not fixed the car goes into limp mode when you try to drive it. We left the car with our dealer for them to try to find a used transmission. No luck. On December 2, 2009 we decided to contact a transmission shop a friend told us about. I called a transmission shop to pick up the car at our dealer and take it to their shop to look into rebuilding the transmission. All to no avail they could not get parts for that transmission. The next step was to look for a used one again. Still unable to locate a used transmission we decided to have a VW rebuilt transmission installed. ($5469.60) this was done and the car was picked up on January 7, 2010. Now on December 14, 2010 we receive a letter that describes our original complaint about the hard shifting. The letter was extending the warranty on the transmission. I then sent a claim to VW to ask for reimbursement. That claim was not accepted.

- Plainville, CT, USA

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