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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,452 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle miscellaneous problems

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012015


  • miles


Vehicle dies while driving. Has happened on countless occasions while driving straight, turning, stopped at light, etc. No warning. Engine completely shuts off. Major safety hazard as this has happened while turning left into oncoming traffic and while traveling down a road at 50 mph with other vehicles doing the same speed behind me. Started about 1 year ago and have been to the dealership multiple times trying to fix. So far they have tried a computer reset and replacing the crankshaft sensor, neither have worked. Car is currently back in the dealership for the second time in a week for the same problem.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 152012


  • 4,903 miles
On 5/15/12, I parked my car at 1:20 P.M. in an off road small private parking lot (a small assisted living complex in stockton, ca), temperature less than 80 degrees, no trees overhead, perpendicular, facing the side of the building. When I came out 3 hours later, from the inside of the car, I noticed what seemed to be a semi-circle hairline fracture on my front windshield, that hadn't been there before; starting at the upper roofline approximately 10 inches to the left of the rearview mirror, arching downward through the center location of the mirror bracket (siliconed to the windshield from the inside) arching back upwardly approximately 8" to the right of the mirror ending at the upper roofline. Closer examination from inside showed one vertical fracture to the right of the bracket position, from the roofline as the actual possible origin of the left arch, the right arch separate from the previous branching into an additional hairline fracture, and yet another smaller attached hairline semicircle fracture arching below the first observed semicircle!! there is a very tiny loop of silicone hanging from the inside roofline. Previous to this observation, there had been no fractures! this was totally "out of the blue". in my 4903 miles of driving, I had not experienced anything but rain "hitting" the other drivers have driven the car without my being in the car...and I have only used "touch less" car washes. I contacted the dealership where I purchased the vehicle and the national VW customer care center, after reading multiple VW owners' comments online with similar "spontaneous" fractures to their 2012 Beetle's windshields!!

- Stockton, CA, USA

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