pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
97,163 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2001 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 062012

Beetle 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,489 miles


I have a 2001 vw beetle. I suddenly noticed that my car is having trouble climbing up on hills. When i am at a dead stop in traffic on a hill, i notice the car wont let me go to the speed i need at 60mph. I am only driving 40miles an hour and my radar (besides the gas gauge) is at 5. Its not the first time it has done this. When i do a complete stop and i start to go, it feels like i am not getting gas. Could it be the fuel pump? And not the engine itself? I need to get this problem solve before i cause a accident.


- , Newberg, OR, USA

problem #2

Dec 002011

Beetle GL TDI 1.9L

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

While I still get 52MPG, the power the car had is gone. Driving uphill is now done in 3rd gear. Feels like driving an old '72 Bug.

- , Wellington, NV, USA

problem #1

May 202011

Beetle Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

As I have read other cases, was told it was the sensors except that Hallmark VW only replaced one sensor instead of all of them for over $500. Had a non dealer mechanic replace another sensor, had another mechanic replace the water pump, still not fixed and has been mostly parked since everytime I drive it over 50 miles it loses power again. Had someone else look at it and he made inquiries and it looks like it may be the wiring harness which mimics the sensors being bad. I bought this car with 90000 miles, have driven it less than 3000 miles and have spent over $2000 and it still doesn't run right. Guess I will try replacing the wiring harness and if it will run worth a crap I will get rid of it hopefully for at least the cost of repairs. I was also told when I bought the car used that there was an extended warrenty for 100000 mi but the dealership swears there is no record of it associated with the vin number. Don't think I believe that considering the poor service I have received. Undoubtably, there should have been a recall on this model regarding the wiring harness.

- , Unionville, TN, USA

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