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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,500 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.

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles


Digital odometer "goes out" and the characters change while the car is sitting or while starting. I don't know if this is bad or not, but it doesn't seem normal. I've been to the dealer at least 5 times with no fix or urgency to find out what the problem might be. Cluster was replaced once.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph dashboard lights came on and the vehicle lost power. Vehicle would not accelerate, and was nearly rear ended. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer twice for repairs. The problem recurred.

- Kelseyville, CA, USA

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