really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,948 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

May 022011


  • 42,000 miles


Car has difficulty shifting between 2nd and 3rd gears and surges when it finally shifts. Multiple dealer visits in June 2011 and October 2011 indicate it was not the transmission. Local mechanic thought maybe computer issue. Reset of computer did not fix. Review of internet complaints indicates similar issues for hundreds of other 2006 new Beetle owners with a variety of fixes suggested, tried and failed. No recalls listed despite large number of complaints.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152011

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Car transmission dis-engages and then hard shifts between 2nd and 3rd gears as well as between 4th and 5th gears. The most dangerous incident involved my daughter starting through a signalized intersection, and when the transmission dis-engaged, she was almost rearended. I've taken the car to the dealership twice and were advised both times that the transmission needed replacement at a cost of ~$5,500. At the most recent trip to the mechanic, the car had approximately 80,000 miles. I received a service bulletin from VW dated Nov 2010 (a year ago) indicating that the valve body may be the problem. The mechanic advised me that my problem was not related to the valve body, but that the transmission needed replacement. They did not open the transmission to check the parts to make this determination, but merely ran a computer diagnostic check. The internet is full of similar complaints. I'm at a loss as to what to do, and fear other near miss accidents. According to the dealer's mechanics, the only remedy is to have the transmission replaced at considerable cost. I expect that the transmission would not irreparably malfunction with so few miles. Short of a class-action lawsuit, I see no relief or remedy.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 012011


  • miles
There appears to be an issue with the transmission on the Beetles. I took it to a local transmission repair shop and was told by the mechanic that there has been several of the transmission failures in his shop recently.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 112011


  • 72,000 miles
Dsg 6 speed automatic transmission slips into neutral while driving. Dash panel drive display illuminates as a single bar. Esp indicator flashes and stays on. Must pull off road and turn engine off, wait and start engine again. May or may not allow car to shift properly afterwards. Used roadi rdt45 scan tool to check for fault code. Transmission fault code 18262/P1854 "data bus power train hardware defective" came up repeatedly. VW dealership acknowledged same fault code, cleared fault and told car owner if transmission slips into neutral again the mechatronics assembly would have to be replaced at a cost of approximately $2,000. The VW dealership told car owner that there is no extended warranty nor recall on this model year and transmission. The car owner must pay the repair cost.

- Lafargeville, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 062011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact was driving approximately 55 to 60 mph when the fly wheel disintegrated and caused the engine to lock without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the contact was advised that he needed to replace the fly wheel. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was approximately 62,000.

- South Shore, KY, USA

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