really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,833 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle brakes problems

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 092010


  • 80,000 miles


2005 VW Beetle with transmission problems, wiring problems and lighting problems. Seems like this is in a lot of Beetles that are on the road. Transmission failed at 80,000 miles... this is an ongoing problem and the VW company seems not to care. Since car bought multiple problems, which VW has fixed most of them. The lighting harness melted together on the right and left front sides, this was concern of mine. Why"??", the transmission failed... without warning.. took it in for 80,000 mile service paid $600 and then transmission fails. I don't understand. But I feel like there needs to be a proper investigation into the ongoing problems..... my brakes have failed to work in reverse 3 times now and this is scary.... I finally get stopped and then have to pump brakes. Nothing wrong with them so far when taking into VW dealer.

- Goodwater, AL, USA

problem #2

Jul 242008


  • 55,000 miles
Total brake failure and ejection of engine upon impact. I was going the 55 mph speed limit and went to put on my brakes to turn right onto another road. I had no brakes. It was like pushing on air. I went through an intersection across 4 lanes. Hit the back of a semi and 4 other cars were involved. I had absolutely no brakes at all to even slow down let alone stop. Upon impact my engine was thrown 150 ft. Away from the car and into another car. This was a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle.

- Mascoutah, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 172005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,500 miles
I have a 2000 VW Beetle with 47,500 original miles on it. I am the original owner. I purchased it in may of 2000 from cooley.. I have closely followed the maintenance schedule with regular oil changes etc. I have been very well pleased with this car despite some unusual problems. For example, I have had an issue with a sensor that caused the car to stall ( shortly after the warranty expired). That cost me $100. Then at about 35K I was told that I needed brakes $400 +. on Saturday July 16, 2005 I was enroute to wells, Maine. Approximately 15 miles before my destination, the engine temperature light came on. I immediately pulled off the road and had the car towed to my destination. After the car had cooled, we inspected the hoses and coolant and belt. Everything seemed to be ok and we though everything was good so we started out to come home (Sunday July 17th, 2005) a short distance into the trip ( 5 -10 miles). Heat indicator light came on again. I immediately pulled off and the turnpike authority came by, called a tow and the car was towed to brown's auto repair in wells, Maine. My friend, who is the facilities manager for the wells school district, has his fleet of cars and trucks serviced there so I believed the repair shop to be reputable. Mr.. brown, replaced the thermostat, the water pump, fan motors, sensors, serpentine belt, timing belt and coolant etc. At a cost of $1396.. the first towing expense was covered by my roadside assistance. Both mr... brown and the VW dealership where the replacement parts were purchased seemed to think that I should not be having these kinds of problems with the low mileage. I agree. I want to know what recourse I have. If other Beetle owners have experienced similar issues and problems. I have owned five other VW automobiles and am a VW lover but this does not make me a happy VW owner.

- Troy, NY, USA

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