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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,943 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Aug 012011


  • miles


There appears to be an issue with the transmission on the Beetles. I took it to a local transmission repair shop and was told by the mechanic that there has been several of the transmission failures in his shop recently.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 112011


  • 72,000 miles
Dsg 6 speed automatic transmission slips into neutral while driving. Dash panel drive display illuminates as a single bar. Esp indicator flashes and stays on. Must pull off road and turn engine off, wait and start engine again. May or may not allow car to shift properly afterwards. Used roadi rdt45 scan tool to check for fault code. Transmission fault code 18262/P1854 "data bus power train hardware defective" came up repeatedly. VW dealership acknowledged same fault code, cleared fault and told car owner if transmission slips into neutral again the mechatronics assembly would have to be replaced at a cost of approximately $2,000. The VW dealership told car owner that there is no extended warranty nor recall on this model year and transmission. The car owner must pay the repair cost.

- Lafargeville, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 062011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact was driving approximately 55 to 60 mph when the fly wheel disintegrated and caused the engine to lock without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the contact was advised that he needed to replace the fly wheel. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was approximately 62,000.

- South Shore, KY, USA

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