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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83 miles

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 162015

Beetle

  • miles

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

The backup camera is so dim it is useless. Although some VW cameras have adjustable brightness, my model does not and even the dealer said it was useless. Was shown other models with same problem. I have contacted dealer and VW of amer. And was told nothing could be done. Needs new sensor or replacement. A real safety issue.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 182015

Beetle

  • 200 miles
The backup camera on my VW Beetle convertible is so dark that is is virtually useless. We have had it to the dealer multiple times and the manager agreed there was something wrong. He replaced the camera and the same thing happened. Then the manager left and another one came on board we reported the problem to VW and they spoke with the manager onsite. He told them that it was ok because all of the cameras were like that. We have owned cars previously with back up cameras and never had a problem. The cameras with gps do not have the same issue. The dealer told me I could pay for a unit with gps. I have a hand held gps so have no desire to put more money into it. I paid extra for the backup camera and did not get my money's worth. This is a major safety issue since the back window in the convertible allows for only limited sight.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 162015

Beetle

  • 50 miles
The backup camera on the Beetle does not work. The image on the screen is too dark to see anything. The only time you can actually see the backup camera is in full sun, and then it is still distorted and unable to use. I know that 2018 that all cars are suppose to have a back up camera, but if a car already has the safety feature should it not work properly? my theory is that they are trying to test the system to see how much they could get away with. To have the camera in place, but only meet the minimum qualifications of the law. But this is not usable. I have taken the Beetle into 2 different dealerships, all they have done is visible comparison with other Beetles. They say that it meets all technical specifications, and there is no fix.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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