definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
12,427 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,427 miles


I have been told by a VW employee that my car was "built in Mexico on a Friday night." In other words, I bought a lemon. Electrical problems began within 2 years of owning the vehicle. My electrical key simply stopped working one day, and many more problems followed. The trunk alarm went off randomly, door locks and windows had a mind of their own, various lights and driver heated seat died out, trunk didn't open, fuel flap didn't close, speedometer stopped working. The worst was yet to come. Following a suggested 64K tune up in 2008, several issues came forth. Revisited problems with the door locks arose, was even locked out of my own car one day, with the engine running! When I went to use my valet key, it didn't work. Turns out they gave me someone else's key when I bought the car. I had to purchase another one, at my own expense! Passenger door panel eventually had to be replaced. A $50 oil change became a $500+ one when the oil pan had to be completely replaced. Just when I thought we were in the clear, the battery died and we had her towed to the VW dealership. The nightmare continued when the thermostat and ignition coil fell ill and needed to be replaced. The icing on the cake was when I was dropping the car off for more repairs, the hub cap literally popped off as I was pulling into the dealership, now how's that for timing! I have thought of selling the vehicle, but my warranty expires next year and I really do not want to put anyone else through this! Guess I'll keep making lemonade out of the lemons of life................

- , Windsor, ON, Canada

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