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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,545 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2000 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problems

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2000 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 012010


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns 2000 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift gears unless he was driving 40 to 60 mph. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 47,000 and current mileage was 64,000.

- Hayneville, AL, USA

problem #10

Sep 222010

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
I am having transmission problems on my 2000 Beetle. I was told the transmission does not need replaced but I feel otherwise. When I am driving my vehicle will pull back very hard and then jump and shoot me forward. I am afraid that this will cause a bad accident.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 012010


  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2000 VW Beetle. I bought this car from the dealership with 100,000 miles on it. The first week it began acting crazy and I took it back to the dealership and I was told "sold as is". I have spent $3000 on this car fixing various electrical problems. This car is extremely unsafe. The transmission needs to be recalled immediately! it jumps and jerks at weird times and almost causes someone to rear end me. I've already invested a grand trying to resolve the transmission issue but the car will act fine for the first few days and then the problem will begin again. The third gear always slips and you get whiplash. It feels as if they gear is about to drop out of the car!! the engine misfires on the highway and no problem can be found by my mechanic. He tells me they are just random misfires! that is dangerous going down the highway at 70 mphs and the car shoot down to 50 and jerk on I-40 in winston salem. In the rain, it will jerk even worse, almost like the transmission is jumping out of the hood! my ABS lights will flash at weird times as well as my brake light. I have had my brakes checked, not the brakes. Something now stays on in the car that no mechanic can pinpoint which causes the battery to go dead everytime you turn the car off. The gauges tend to not want to work some of the time and the mileage will even stop reading. Sometimes the gas pedal does not connect and will stop accelerating eventhough your pushing on the gas upon take off. The alarm goes off at all times during the day and not for no reason and various times when I crank the car. To top this all off, the fuses on top of my battery caught on fire! I was told by my mechanic that this was a common problem, no problems could be blamed for this event. Someone needs to recall something before someone gets hurt!

- Trinity, NC, USA

problem #8

Jun 202010


  • 60,000 miles


Transmission failure on a 2000 VW Beetle at 60,000 miles.

- Collegedale, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 122008


  • 1,000 miles
I received a recall about my back or break light. Made an apt. With heritage VW in Georgia. I drove from leesburg al. To the dealership. They change the light and told me a belt has to be replaced. I know nothing needs replacement because my son ( a mechanic ) does all the maintenance in my VW. I told the them I will talk to my son and will get back with them. I had a hard time staring the car, but did not pay any attention because I was in a hurry to get out of there. I was on hwy 20 when every thing went crazy with my car. Lost my cruise control, lost power, won't start. So I called heritage and ask what they did with the car. They want me to bring it back to them, knowing it can't be driven. I feel they sabotage my car, they messed up my car so much, I paid over $3000 for it to work. I kept the receipt just in case I might need it as proof. I received another recall last week it's hard to get burnt twice in a row.

- Leesburg, AL, USA

problem #6

May 212004


  • miles
Consumer stated that vehicle got stuck in park, and would not move. Consumer called the dealer, and they told her that she needed to take her vehicle to a Volkswagen dealer. Consumer just bought the vehicle in January 2004, and did not take it to a repair shop. However, consumer felt there was a transmission problem.

- San Pablo, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 022004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Sudden lost of shift ability. Vehicle was parked, shifted it into reverse, backed up, and then shift to forward gear and nothing would engage. Towed to dealer who says linkage cables and shift levers snapped, "frozen" states dealer. Transmission had been completely replaced 3 months ago. Says this is not part of drive train and not covered by warranty. Want $500 for repair.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #4

Aug 032003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake switch malfunction edon the 2000, Volkswagen, New beetle caused the transmission to stick in park.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 262001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving transmission will get stuck without a prior warning. Sometimes will switch into neutral. Vehicle will had to be towed.

- La Crecenta, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 042001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has experienced several problems with the engine and transmission. Consumer was informed that there was an internal problem with automatic transmission which required that transmission be replaced. Also, dealership has informed consumer that head gasket and control valve for the engine were defective. Note: Dealership has been in possession of the vehicle for approximately 30 days.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light came on. Called dealer, and they said it was normal, it would go off. Car was still stalling, and engine check light came back on. Then, a couple of days later vehicle would not start. Vehicle towed in. After picking up car for repairs it stalled again. Consumer stated there was a transmission noise.

- Monessen, PA, USA

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