really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,454 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #8

May 012007

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen new Beetle. The contact stated that the ABS light illuminated. The dealer replaced the # 5 and # 9 fuses. The fuses blew the same day and the ABS light illuminated again. The vehicle was driven back to the Volkswagen dealer and the ABS control unit was replaced. The failure occurred once more while on a road trip. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and the wiring harness was diagnosed as having melted wiring. The instrument cluster was replaced along with some wires. The contact referenced recall # 02V031000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock). The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 92,000 and failure mileage was 91,000.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 262006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,164 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the ABS light illuminated without warning. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the entire ABS unit needed to be replaced. There was a NHTSA recall, #02V031000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The manufacturer was alerted. The consumer stated the repair shop stated that her car was covered for this type of repair however, the dealership stated the car was not covered. The consumer provided a copy of the recall letter. Updated 08/06/07

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 022005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My 2001 glx Beetle needs the ABS control module replace which the dealer tells me will cost $900. My vehicle only has 39,000 miles. There is a safety recall on the 2001 glx Beetle for the ABS control module but it apparently only affects vehicles where the last four digits of the VIN are 475001 or higher. My vehicle's VIN is in the 457xxx range. I can't believe my problem is not related to the recall yet because my VIN is to low, the manufacturer will not pay for the replacement. I would like to see Volkswagen extend the recall to cover vehicles in my VIN range. There is risk of fire if the unit is not replaced according to the recall notice so now I must incur a large expense to replace a part I believe was defective when I purchased the vehicle.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Feb 172004


  • miles


While driving 60 mph ABS light appeared on the dashboard.then, consumer heard a popping noise coming from the brake pedal. Consumer took the vehicle to a mechanic for inspection.

- Elberon, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 042003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,467 miles
Brake pedal went to floor durring a panic stop, brakes did not work. Dealership says the computer in car did not identify a malfunction. Said dealership did/has not done any manual diagnostics.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 152003


  • miles
When the anti lock brakes were applied, they locked up which caused extended stopping distance.

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #2

Mar 122002

(reported on)


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 022000


  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 10mph on a side street at a traffic stop, and when light turned green, he applied gas and steering wheel column locked up. He couldn't turn steering left or right. Dealership was aware of problem. Also, transmission leaks coolant, and wheels locked up.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

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