really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,867 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 032014

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 41,215 miles


While driving on a city street at 45 mph particles from the A/C vents starting coming out and flew into my eye. Distracted I almost hit the vehicle that stopped in front of me. I ended up using a water bottle to flush my eyes out to stop the irritation. The particles are black and disintegrate into dust or powder upon contact. I have search the internet in reference to this issue and found out that several incidents are occurring. The dealership explained the issue and how expensive a repair it would be. Their solution is to keep blowing out the ducts with compressed air until the heat shield is gone. What is the purpose of the heat shield if its not necessary? the part number I was given is 1J1820007 housing with evaporator. I just spoke with VW consumer department and was told that no recalls or safety advisory has been issued. This can and is a serious problem both from a safety stand point and car manufacture responsibility to the consumer.

- Naples , FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 012013


  • 88,000 miles
Rear window regulator bad - replace $639 front regulator bad - $338.23 radio went bad - drains battery - replacement $419.62 airconditioner making loud noise not replacement yet dash light bulb - $100.62 replace crank seal, water pump, thermostat, drive belt $1,094.16 outside temp gauge replace $49.70.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 152011


  • 96,000 miles
This car is horrible! at 70,000 miles the car would jerk while it was driving. It was especially scary if it started to jerk/kick while on the freeway. I got a new transmission, new engine. Then 20,000 miles later, it did it again and now Volkswagen said it needs a new transmission! again! more jerking, and it became worse after I took it to the dealership to get it fixed "under warranty" I will complain to the BBB as well. Horrible that I put so much money in only to be told that the car still wont work. Safety problems as well.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 202011

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 43,351 miles


I have 2005 VW Beetle convertible with only 43,351 miles on it. Recently I had to replace water pump due to the impeller being made of plastic attached to metal and now my rear window regulators have broken and wont roll up or down the windows. I paid $650 to fix water pump and was told I could expect to replace it again in 40000 miles due to its poor manufacturing. This from a Volkswagen mechanic. A week later the window regulators on my Beetle also broke. Looking through the internet I found alot of complaints with Volkswagen for the same thing that im experiencing with my car. I can understand nothing is perfect it just seems to me that everyone experiencing the same type problems with similar vehicles both year model and make and someone need to protect the consumer now. I hope enough people complain to institute a recall for Volkswagen to act upon.

- Howard, CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 182010


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen new Beetle. The contact stated that he noticed a noise while driving 20 mph and the flywheel suddenly exploded and locked the vehicle, damaging the entire transmission. The vehicle towed to his residence. The vehicle had not been repaired. The flywheel and transmission needed to be replaced after a mechanic inspected it. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current mileage was approximately 148,000. The failure mileage was approximately 145,000.

- Fowlerville, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 082005

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Attempted to stop in driveway, engine raced out of control, could not stop and hit utility trailer in yard, car came to stop because of collision, shifted into car still in garage being fixed.

- Watervliet, NY, 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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