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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 222003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


Windshield wiper failed to come on. On twelve different occasions, under varying but rainy weather conditions, while the vehicle was being operated by myself or my wife, the wipers failed to come on when switched on. On four of these occasions the rain began to fall quickly while the vehicle was at highway speed which caused a very dangerous situation. On all occasions, we had to pull to the side of the roadway, and only after a few minutes of repeatedly turning the wiper switch on and off and/or doing nothing but waiting, the wipers would suddenly come on by themselves. We have return the vehicle to the dealer on two occasions (the third being next week) with this complaint. The dealer replaced a relay, but this has not corrected the problem. This is a very dangerous problem as sudden rain at 70 mph leaves you completely blind. The incident date is today's date as today is the most recent occurrence.

- Anderson, SC, USA

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