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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,202 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 102016


  • 101,875 miles


It is accelerating on it own when stopped or in gear or not. Really scary

- St.Augustine, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 012015


  • 59,745 miles
Oil leaking and vacuum pump needed replaced with less than 60,000 miles on it. From online research this appears to be a common issue with 5 cyl Volkswagen. I contacted Volkswagen of America and was informed that there was not a recall on this part.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Nov 282014


  • 106,589 miles
My daughter was driving her Beetle down a city street when it was stopped going like it was in neutral even though she was in drive. She coasted into a parking lot and turned off the car and waited. She then tried again and it was working. We took it to the dealer ship they said the transmission needs replaced it is testing with a transmission failure on 4th and 5th. It is drivable but we will not risk her life or take a chance that it will stop moving again while driving down the road. We bought this car used 5 months earlier the car fax said it was excellent and had all maintenance up to date.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 012013

Beetle 4-cyl

  • miles


2006 Volkswagen Beetle. Consumer writes in regards to unsatisfactory customer service at dealership and electronic stabilization program failure. The consumer stated a red and blue light illuminated on the dash while driving. The vehicle then broke down, and had to be towed to a local garage. According to the manual, the red and blue light meant there was a problem with the electronic stabilization program or anti-slip regulation. When the consumer went to pick up the vehicle, she was informed the oil pan and gasket and shocks were leaking and worn as well as the ball joints.

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 032014

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The cam shaft adjuster bolt became loose and fell off. Causing catastrophic engine failure. I have discovered this a common failure for my model year after some research, but was told nothing about it from Volkswagen. I was driving on a 70 mile per hour highway when my engine failed. Losing all power (brakes, power steering, etc.) with no warning. Newer model years do not have this problem because they redesigned the part. Had they told me about this problem I could have got it fixed before I endangered my life and my engine. 2006 VW Beetle 2.5L bps engine.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 022012


  • 99,000 miles
The automatic transmission shifts gears erratically. The transmission shifts cause erratic engine speed during shifts resulting in tires breaking traction and unpredictable acceleration. Driving in traffic is hazardous due to sudden or delayed gear shifts in the automatic transmission. Volkswagen America has extended the warranted period for the transmission valve body due to known defects in the transmission system. Failure in the transmission valve body produces erratic driving characteristics and poses a risk to persons and property.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

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