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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,794 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Jun 012004


  • 10 miles


Air bag light continuously on since car was new despite numerous repairs

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #24

Jul 012009


  • 71,000 miles
2004 VW new Beetle airbag sensor light remains on. Sensor was replaced in Nov. 2004, Sept. 2006 and March 2007. VW says the vehicle is not under the recall # 08V178000. Dealership says they won't do anything until VW approves it and dealership wants us to pay for *another* evaluation. Light has been on for 1 year, had it evaluated July 2009. Current mileage is 80,000. Mileage when light came on was 71,000.

- Hampstead, NC, USA

problem #23

Jun 272010


  • 74,620 miles
VW Beetle, air bag light continues to malfunction for my 2004 model. I've taken the car for repair for at least 4-times in the past 4-years. I believe the initial recall # 03V3S6000 was never corrected and company is not concerned in fixing it ever.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #22

Aug 042009


  • 89,177 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 2004 Volkswagen new Beetle [xxx] air bag light has came on twice and Volkswagen service department advises anytime the air bag light comes on it is a safety hazard. I have had to replace the drive & passenger seat belt latch to make the air bag light go off at a cost of $600.32. If this is a safety issue, why is there not a recall?

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #21

Dec 022009


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle. Whenever he started his vehicle the air bag warning light comes on and off and then remains illuminated. The dealer informed the contact that there were no related recalls and he would be responsible for the repair cost. The air bag light has been on for a month and a half. The failure mileage was 13,000.

- Raynham, MA, USA

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problem #20

May 282009


  • 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 #19

Aug 152009


  • 75,000 miles


2004 Volkswagen Beetle convertible turbo...2.0 liter engine...the transmission jerks when shifting down or up....feels like someone has rearened it in the back....have taken it to dealership and couple of other transmission places...they said they couldn't find any thing wrong while it was still under that it has 94000 miles and is out of warranty they decide it needs a new transmission.....we have had it serviced just like we doesn't matter...we don't have $6000 to get it fixed...something should be done...I've talked with many, many Volkswagen owners experiencing the same many does it take before you guys do a recall?

- Chickamauga, GA, USA

problem #18

Oct 162008


  • 36,000 miles
Air bag light wont go off. Was told the seatbelt sensor came loose and needs to be replaced costing $350.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #17

Jun 022009


  • 27,660 miles
2004 VW Beetle 27,660 miles VW dealer - kelly motor, scranton, pa air bag light went on and I took car to VW. Passenger seat occupied control module defective. Told part will take 8 weeks to arrive. Car side airbag now does not work. 2nd time airbag light has lighted and been in shop, this on top of recent recall for another airbag sensor fixed earlier this year. I am very concerned about being without an airbag for 8 weeks; VW has no reason for the delay. I called their headquarters in California with no success. Second concern is general reliability for this airbag system due to repairs plus recall. VW won't respond in getting this part in earlier, can you help get this part to my VW dealer so they can make this car safe? thank you

- Archbald, PA, USA

problem #16

Mar 152009


  • 13,000 miles
The airbag warning light is on without apparent reasons. No collision or bumps.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 052009


  • 82,400 miles


Air bag light remains on (concerned about not working properly in event of accident) possible wire that is too short under the seat breaking when it is moved forward to allow access to rear seat.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #14

Feb 052009


  • 27,858 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen new Beetle. When the contact started the vehicle, he noticed that the air bag indicator was illuminating on the instrument panel. The indicator did not dim once the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and they stated that the driver's side seat latch for the seat belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed a failed wire by the latch of the seat belt on the driver's side. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they were not liable for the repairs. The current mileage was 27,888 and failure mileage was 27,858.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #13

Feb 132008


  • 34,000 miles
Airbag system warning light on.

- Jackson, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 102008


  • 32,000 miles
Re: illumination of air bag warning light was repaired under factory warranty. Came on again 1 week later and a crash sensor was replaced, again under factory warranty. Came on again about 3 weeks later and was charged due to expiration of factory warranty even though it has been an ongoing issue with this manufacturer.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #11

Apr 152008

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Air bag warning light illuminated and dealer found that front crash sensor failed and that there was a related computer problem at approximately 30,000 miles and this was replaced under warranty. I was told that the airbag would not deploy in a crash because of this failure. At 40,000 the airbag light came on again and the dealer found that the other side front crash sensor had failed also and that the airbags would not deploy in a crash. The warranty has expired and I was charged $505 to replace this. I was told by the service advisor that they "see this all the time with the Beetle", and that "after one side fails the other side usually does too".

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #10

May 052005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The airbag light, among other things, in our 2004 new Beetle has come on approximately 10 times in three years. Each time, the vehicle was taken back to the dealer and supposedly fixed, but without fail, the light came back on each time. The seatbelt buckle was changed, connections were secured, they said it was shorted (guided fault findings, bumper cover removed, seat removed), and others. I have all copies of service records. After all these service visits, the airbag light is still on and we are very concerned that the airbag system is not working correctly and could cause serious damage and may not deploy correctly during an accident. I heard there was an investigation being conduct on the 2004 new Beetles and wanted to let you know of our experience. Crash sensor.pco

- Dresher, PA, USA

problem #9

Nov 062006

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 51,574 miles
Our 2004 VW new Beetle has had two air bag switch failures. The first one was within the first couple thousand miles and was covered under warranty. The second one just happened and was not covered by our original warranty, or our extended warranty. If this is a safety issue and we did nothing to promote the failure, is the $535 repair our responsibility? SRS.pco

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #8

Sep 012005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • miles
Purchased brand new. Problems I have had with this car: 1. rear power windows have both taken turns falling down into the body. Will not power up. One has been replaced. Dealer now won't fix second one because they 'don't see it as a known problem.' 2. headliner around rear window has come undone. 3. headlights have to be replaced constantly. For example; a light bulb was installed on a Saturday, and had stopped working by the following Wednesday. 4. rubber coating on glove box and on interior doors is peeling off. Dealer would not even condsider fixing or addressing. 5. key assembly for arm console broke almost immediately. It took approximately 8 months, and several reminders, to get dealer to replace. 6. sometimes radio stays on after key has been removed from ignition. 7. air bag light stays on. Won't go off. 8. hand release on front passenger seat often gets 'stuck' and will not work. 9. cup holder has come off track. I only drive this car to-and-from work. No kids/passengers ride in it. It has not had any owner abuse. I will never buy another Volkswagen product.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 192005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,959 miles
4th electrical failure, 3rd airbag light/malfuction. 5 days after servicing car for airbag safety issue, same repeated problem. (see complaint 10148516, 10148511).

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 122005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,963 miles
3rd electrical failure, 2nd airbag light/malfunction. Continued issue with airbag light on/malfunctioning spontaneously.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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