really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,794 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Jan 222006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,500 miles


Airbag malfunction light came while car was on and in idle and remains on.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 052005


  • miles
In April 2005, the airbag light came on. I immediately brought it to the nearest VW dealer/shop. I was told that they needed to order a part, but that all was fine. In the next few months I called many times and the airbag light had come back on. By August 2005 they finally received the part (passenger airbag sensors under/in the seat). They were unable to fix it even when they received the part (three more errors came up and the wires did not connect properly) and they sent the information to the manufacture for assistance. On 12 September 2005, they had me bring the car back in because they had received repair instructions from the manufacture. I was told that the airbag system was fixed and would have no further problems with it. I do not know if the old parts are available, I will ask. On 17 September 2005 (five days later), the airbag light came back on.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #3

Aug 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Consumer complained about electrical problems; the speakers didn't work/windows kept going up and down, and transmission failed. The car was not even a one year old. The replaced transmission still performs poorly. The air bag light came on at least 3-4 times.

- Bloomington, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 292005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Bought new 2004 VW Beetle in 9/04, 2 weeks later, airbag light came on, took to dealer. They had the car over 8 weeks trying to fix. Finally agreed to replace with identical new one. Less than 2500 miles later, airbag light comes on again. They reset but did not do any repairs. Don't know if that fixed the problem as shortly after, steering went out causing the vehicle to run off road and hit guard rail. VW has now, waiting to see if they take responsibility, it doesn't appear as they will from what I am hearing from service manager. Final verdict not in yet.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Sep 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in an accident where the air bags failed to deploy. The airbag light was on, as well as the check engine and ABS lights. Consumer went to dealership to get vehicle serviced, but dealership could not determine the cause of the problem.

- Salem, OR, USA

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