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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,433 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

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2008 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 162009

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Beetle black tie edition. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, he heard a vibrating noise on the roof. The contact pulled the vehicle over and noticed that the spoiler had become partially detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the spoiler needed to be re-attached with glue. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred and the spoiler became completely detached from the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 5,000. Updated 11/05/13 the consumer stated the spoiler became detached three times. The consumer referenced recall # 08V036000. However, the recall only pertained to the triple white edition, not the black tie edition. Updated 11/18/13

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #2

May 132008

Beetle

  • 29,900 miles
I was driving on a paved road on my way to work. My car was making an awful grinding noise, so I was taking it easy and made a note to take it to the dealer very soon. I heard a jingling noise, like something metal falling. It repeated a second time. 100 yards down the road, my car started making a hard clunking noise. It felt like a flat tire. I pulled off and inspected the tires, which were fine. I looked underneath to see if there was anything suspicious. My engine looked a little low, but I didn't know how low was normal. The tow truck arrived and said my engine fell out. The bolts supporting the engine had sheared off. The vehicle is only two years old with under 30K miles on it. I've owned it for a year. I have never hit anything, gone off road, or bottomed out in the vehicle. Nothing at all that would have caused this to happen. The dealership is insisting that I had a collision and refusing to pay for repairs.

- Clinton, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 212010

Beetle

  • 23,400 miles
Dear madam / sir, two days ago I had and accident with my "2008 and still under warranty car". I dropped the car at the rockville, md official dealer, then I called the insurance company and my insurance agent. The three (agent, insurance inspector and dealer) inspected the car and approved a $1,440 spending to fix it. Since I got surprised; I asked the reason of the very low repairing labor and parts exchange costs of a sub-frame VW part # vw1J0-199-313-M (large steel part to supporting the engine, suspension and transmission), transmission oil pan part #vw09G-321-361-a (place where the oil transmission is keep), and a center shield engine-transm axle a large and heavy underbody protecting metallic part. They said these days it is a common rule to recycle used parts from similar vehicles, and low costs of the "used parts" utilized to fix my car (no matter the key role of the parts). At this point I am asking myself: What about safety" in any way" not only used parts from other cars have not quality inspected, even worse I guess this practice encourage the cars stilling. Are we all (customers) aware of this", is it any ".org" or ".gov" organization which regulates these used parts market? are we protecting our safety? can we as a customers complaint somewhere about this" please give me your opinion. Thank you so much.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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