pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,191 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle accessories - exterior problems

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 152008


  • miles


The problem is a defect in the sunroof drain tubes which allows them to easily get clogged, which causes water leaks to the interior of the car. This can cause mold and other damage.

- Mount Hope, WV, USA

problem #4

Sep 042004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,057 miles
Transmission replaced three times, still not working properly, lunges into forward and reverse, and will drop into and out of high and low gear when driving. Sunroof leaked because the drainage tubing was not connected at factory causing water damage to leather seats and now mold is growing inside of vehicle, making it difficult to be inside and have had one sinus infection already.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 182005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,900 miles
Sunroof clogs constantly causing water leaks into the car from the headliner or down the side along the windshield to door frame pillar. Apparently, there are many VW Beetle owners out there with this same issue. I had VW fix it and it was clogged again within a month.

- El Cerrito, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 162003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving down the highway at 65 mph my closed sunroof shattered into a million pieces. It sounded like someone fired a gun, and then glass went everywhere.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #1

Oct 302001

Beetle Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Whenever the sun roof is open 1 1/2 to 2" wide, exhaust fumes would come into vehicle while driving. Dealer notified. Dealer stated to consumer, they were aware of the problem, but there is no fix at this time.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

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