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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,959 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 192013


  • miles


We purchased a used, one owner, 2006 VW Beetle convertible (45,000 miles) for our daughter in college, four months ago. Since then she has complained about respiratory infections constantly. She drove it home over easter break and I had my husband detail the car to see if he could find out what was causing the odor. When we took the floor mats out they wreaked of toxic nose burning crayons. I threw the old mats out, sprayed the carpets with a nontoxic cleaner and left the hood down in the garage for 3 days. The smell didn't go away. This week-end she drove home and by the time she came in the door she wreaked of crayons, had a stomach and head ache so bad she had to go to bed. This is very unusual for her. I brought in all of her luggage and it smelled just as bad. We removed the new mats because the smelled as bad as the old ones. I phoned the dealership in savannah and they had never heard of any problems with the smell. I went on the internet and there are hundreds of people complaining about it, yet when I called VW they said they had never heard of the problem. We were told to contact the hilton head dealership and pay a $115 for a diagnostic test and when I phone them the service manager said he could look at it but he'd never heard of the problem before and the best thing would be to buy her a new car. I'm sorry, this is a college kid and $10,000 is plenty to pay for a car. I'm not looking to cause problem or get any handouts but this is our only child and her health is important to me. She loves the car and doesn't want to get rid of it so we would like to see if we can remedy the problem without paying an arm and a leg. Have you had any complaints about this.? thank you

- Bluffton , SC, USA

problem #3

Oct 252012


  • 37,000 miles
Window cable broke and whole frame had to be replaced instead of cable alone to the cost of $500 dealer said this happens all the time. Why should they not be responsible for an item that is defective?

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 272011

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 64,835 miles
The back window in my convertible 2006 new Beetle separated from the fabric. The entire top had to be replaced. According to the vehicle upholstery shop that replaced the top, if the separation had been caught early enough it could have been repaired with an adhesive glue. My car was in for service and I asked for the top to be checked because I had experienced an incident of the top not opening properly. Two weeks later we had a heavy thunder storm and my car was full of water.

- Saint Marys, GA, USA

problem #1

May 092010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen new Beetle. The contact stated there was a foul, overpowering odor in the interior cabin. The contact stated he and passengers have suffered severe headaches after riding in the vehicle for an extended time. The dealer attempted to perform deodorization treatments to the vehicle but to no avail. The contact performed research on the odor in the vehicle and believed an asphalt based chemical was used to reduce the noise in the vehicle and was causing the adverse odor. The manufacturer advised that the the chemical was reacting to the plastic used in the cabin one remedy was to have all the plastic removed. The contact did not believe that to be an adequate repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 30,000.

- Spring , TX, USA

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