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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012005


  • 1 miles


2005 VW new Beetle. Airbag light continues to light up. The car has been to VW shop continually for this issue and now the warranty is out it will cost $108 for the test and $100 plus labor to repair. This problem is continuing and the factory should have a solution.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 052006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph, the vehicle broadsided a second vehicle, and the air bags did not deploy. No warning lights were illuminated prior to the incident. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard, and was not inspected by a mechanic. A police report was taken at the scene of the crash. No injuries were sustained in the collision. Updated 10/04/06.

- Social Circle, GA, USA

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