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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,740 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 302010

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen new Beetle. The contact was traveling 45 mph uphill when the vehicle exhibited an unusual increase in engine rpms. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the fly wheel and clutch were replaced. The current and failure mileage was 37,000. Updated 12/15/10. Updated 12/27/10

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 212009


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that the front window motors failed and were replaced at her expense. The seat belts latches had also failed. In addition, the transmission would intermittently jerk violently when attempting to up shift from second to third gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 51,000.

- Tulsa , OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 132006

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,221 miles
Car was in for a recall on September 13, 2006 for the egr cooler. The dealer informed me that the flywheel was going bad. I told them that I thought it might be the master cylinder. They said that it was the flywheel and not the master cylinder. A month later the flywheel went bad causing the clutch to go bad. This was in the middle of traffic and made the car impossible to drive. Dealer was aware the flywheel was going bad but did not offer to repair it for me or inform me it was a warranty item. When the car was repaired the flywheel and the clutch were replaced. The dealer said they would cover the cost of the flywheel (parts only) because they had noticed it was going bad before this incident. But they did not cover the labor. In order to get to the flywheel, you have to get to the clutch. They should have been responsible for the labor and the flywheel. I have seen numerous complaints online in regards to this flywheel problem. I don't know if the old part is available. The dealer would probably know this.

- Brambleton, VA, USA

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