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4.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,556 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 292012

Beetle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The back windshield has popped away from the convertible top.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172010

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 63,782 miles
Problem with transmission, gear stuck in low.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #3

May 282009

Beetle

  • 70,000 miles
VW Beetle convertible '04 (approx. 80K miles) - slipping and banging transmission. Slams and bangs hard with each downshift (automatic) after about 15 miles or driving. Slips or will not move when accelerating after slamming and banging begins. Cannot drive car in traffic for fear or being rear ended or broadsided, therefore, cannot safely or dependably drive the car. Expected thousands to repair if a mechanic who understands the problem can be found. Many of the know issues with car have also occurred; broken plastic water pump, rear window seal broken, passenger side window will not go all the way down, passenger side seat belt light malfunction, headlights uneven brightness, short in dash, heated seat too hot to use (fear of fire) and incredible door rattles.

- Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 052004

Beetle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving SRS light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic determined that the air bag sensor needed to be reset, and reset it six times. However, the problem recurred. The seat latch was broken and the rear console was falling apart.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
When opening and closing the door window catches on the convertible top. As a result, driver has to close the door three to six times before it is completely closed. This problem caused wear to the soft top. The armrest would not secure and the window would intermittently roll down by itself.

- Manchester, NH, USA

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