really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,964 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012015

Beetle LK 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


This 2004 Volkswagen Beetle is a danger to the highway for the driver, but also to anyone on the highway.

- , Niles, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 212014

Beetle GLS 2.0L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Auto transmission failed completely. Air-bag sensor light was on. Dealer quoted $500 to fix air-bag light. With complete transmission failure, repair was more than car was worth. Dealer offered $500. Only one salvage yard in the area. They offered $600. I took it. A ten year old car with only 72,000 miles should not have such problems. Maintenance over 10 year period was by the book.

- , Los Angles, CA, USA

problem #3

May 172012

Beetle Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,320 miles

I purchased this vehicle as a second owner. Had I known what a worthless car this was gonna be I wouldn't have purchased it. Every time I take it to the Volkswagen repair shop, it costs roughly $1000+. What a rip off.

Now they are telling me to replace the transmission and it doesn't even have 100000 miles. The old Volkswagen's were very dependable and could be trusted for years. Why are dealers not made to stand behind the products they sell to the American people? No wonder our economy is in the shape it is in. No one cares about anything other than the all mighty DOLLAR!!!!!


I will never buy another Volkswagen product ever again. I will let everyone know the cost of repairing as my bug is in the shop right now being repaired.

- , Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012012

Beetle Convertible 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,500 miles

Beetle was shifting extremely hard and died. Took it to Aamco. I was told they could not give me a quote until the transmission was opened. After it was opened it was determined that the transmission was not repairable. Volkswagen replacement transmission was $5000... And I had to pay labor. I nearly passed out on the spot. After that shock, Aamco found a second hand transmission for $3000. The axles were also damaged from the transmission. So to make a long story short, I paid $6000 for the replacement transmission, axles and the preparation and labor to complete the repair. Then I had to go to Volkswagen to re-program the drive train. And they found the mass air sensor and coolant sensor needed replacing. The car is driving fine now and I will not be going away on vacation this coming year. I would advise everyone on a budget to stay away from this vehicle. When running properly, it's a dream to drive. When problems arise, it becomes a nightmare. STAY AWAY!!!

- , Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 032010


  • 52,000 miles

I am a 54 year old school teacher at the local Community College and can not afford th replace the transmission on my 2004 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. I only have 52,000 miles on my car and after contacting a Volkswagen technician was told that the transmissions on this model have been a real problem. I feel that Volkswagen should be held responsible for the cost of releasing a substandard product. I am very disappointed.

- , Hickory, NC, USA

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