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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,515 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace valve body (1 reports)
2003 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 292012

Beetle GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,515 miles


Purchased first New Beetle convertible in our area of NC. Loved it! Problems shortly began. Most serious was the transmission hard shift that increased over the years. Dealership said a new transmission was needed for $6,000! Yipes. VW HQ would not cover it. Complaints fell on deaf ears. Attempted to drive and ignore. Finally received a letter in Nov 2010 about a warranty extension for the transmission valve body....for cars with less than 100,000 miles. My car was just over that and they refused to honor the replacement.

Finally found a whiz mechanic that suggested he could replace the transmission valve body for $1,600. Cured the shift problem. No troubles in that area since then.

- , Burlington, NC, USA

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