Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,161 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Volkswagen Beetle accessories - interior problems

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 072006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,322 miles


: the contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the electrical system shut off, followed by an electrical burning smell. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where it was determined that the stereo amplifier was faulty and had burned.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Consumer complained about electrical problems; the speakers didn't work/windows kept going up and down, and transmission failed. The car was not even a one year old. The replaced transmission still performs poorly. The air bag light came on at least 3-4 times.

- Bloomington, CA, USA

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