really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
8,879 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 092006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Almost too many to list O2 sensor at 20K miles - twice temp sensor for cooling fan ($5 part - $200 to install) at 30K miles ignition coils at 50K miles. VW had initiated a "customer action" on all 1.8L engines for defective ignition coils on VW and Audi models. Customer service action means nothing, cost me $600 without rental car added. They refused to acknowledge this press release when contacted directly. Water pump went South at 61K miles electronic control module went South at 61K miles also. Warranty covered still cost me $300 for rental car for 5 days. Timing belt damaged when water pump went. Voa will tell you to "check" it at 50K but it should last to 108K. Paid full labor even though engine was apart for pump work. VW should be forced to honor the quality problems with this car. NHTSA should investigate and force a recall on the coils, potentially the O2 sensor and definitely the ECM. The repair costs are insane. ECM on this car is $1300 no labor. Current warranty on new is 60K. Mine went at 61K. 2001 warranty was 10/100 and 8/80. They know they have problems. Car is a lemon, contact lawyer too much hassle - they win again.

- Manville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 032002

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I bought a VW new Beetle in Feb 2001. After a year and half, the car began to start roughly and shaky, and with the check engine light flashing at the same time. This phenomenon happened more requently and was getting worse later. The car lost most of it power while driving. So I drove to VW/Audi bernadi dealer in natick, MA in September 2002 to have it fixed. It was found out it was caused by an ignition coil failure and it is a known defect. They replaced the bad coil but left the other three untouched. I am very worried about this. I drive through highway to my office everyday. I don't want to stuck in the hightway in the cold wind waiting for a towl truck. My warranty is going to expire soon, and I don't know whether the VW dealer will fix the possible next failure of ignition coil free of charge. Seeing an article from boston globe, I know that I am not alone. www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/026/auto/no_easy_fix_for_failing_ignition_coils_in_audis_vws+.shtml would you please order VW to recall all the defective ignition coils? thanks a lot for your time.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 272003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,517 miles
The coil pack on my 2001 Volkswagen New beetle burned out causing me to practically stall on a very busy freeway. So far, VW doesn't seem to think this a saftey issue yet and will not require a recall on these parts. These coils will burn out. Not if, but when. I would hate to be going up a hill when one of these coil packs go out.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012002


  • miles
The 2001.5, 2002, and certain 2003 VW/Audi 1.8T engines have experienced a high rate of coilpack failures. This has been reported by the media (autoweek magazine) and detailed on internet message boards at vwvortex.com, audiworld.com, newbeetle.org, and others, in great detail. The current parts shortage is causing owners to wait up to 3 weeks or more. I waited 2 1/2 weeks. Because of this shortage, only the failed coilpacks are being replaced at this time. This leaves the owner with the remaining potentially defective coilpacks that can fail at any time. This is a serious safety issue that warrants a recall. The failed units have been isolated to a certain part number. Previous 1.8ts that use a coilpack of a slightly different design and produced by a different supplier, have not experienced this high rate of failure.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

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