hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,349 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle electrical problems

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 152014


  • 140,000 miles


I am including my complaint after reading all the complaints from other people who have unfortunately bought this car. This car has been a money pit and one issue after another. They are not safe cars. We got a total clear inspection from the VW dealer ( of course) and then there was some sort of oil leak, which we spent 2K fixing, then the drivers side window just decided to stop working and the entire window had to be duct taped up in the dead of winter until we could order a replacement, then the controller need to be replaced ($500) then the car started lurching non stop and now we are told it needs a new transmission. Seriously" VW needs to address the transmission issues in this car and they need to be recalled. They are a safety issue. We bought the car for $5500 and have about another 4K into it. I would never recommend this car to anyone. Please do something and make VW take a closer look at the lemons they are selling people. I will now have to scrap this car, because it's not safe. Especially the transmission issue......how can it be ignored with so many people having the same exact issue with the transmission"

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #6

Aug 082011


  • 92,508 miles
Transmission check for valve assembly body-jerking-instability. Volkswagen won't fix. Airbag light won't go off. Windows don't work. Headlight won't work. Repaired over & over. Please google VW Beetle issues or go to edmunds.com and check. Thousands of VW Beetle owners have the exact same problems. VW refuses to acknowledge.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 032012


  • 68,440 miles
Defective rear power window regulators. Rear window stuck half open, unable to lock car.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 282012


  • 103,000 miles


The ignition switch (electrical part, not locking cylinder) after time got very hot, melted some of wires connecting to the switch and shorted the switch out, causing the vehicle to lose the headlights, tail lights (not brake lights), turn signals, and wipers. Also a few non safety related times as in the heater. If this would happened at night, you couldn't see where you are going to come to a safe stop or worse if going around a curve. Would also not allow driver to signal to other drivers of a lane change. Also, no wipers would impair the driver even more with not being able to see in rain/snow conditions. We were in a parking lot and in the middle of the day when it happened to us. This being my wife's car, if this would have happened during her trip home at night from work. I just don't even want to think about it. VW will charge you to replace this part if not under warranty. I have researched this and am not the only one with this problem. Many others with the same part including different VW models (jetta, golf, etc.) have experienced the same issue with this switch failure. Some of the pictures that were taken are pretty bad and could also pose as a fire hazard. This needs to be dealt with asap.

- Greenup, KY, USA

problem #3

Jan 152011

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Head lamp assembly does not fully engage with headlight connector (socket) when replacing head lamps and re-installing assembly. Head light can go off unexpectedly due to road vibration. We had drivers side repaired under warranty (6/24/09, 37,779 miles). Passenger side failed after I replaced low beam lamp (1/15/11, 54,000 +/- miles). I had (have to- depending on timing and my ability-) to replace the "retainer", the device that secures the head light module/assembly within the fender.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102009


  • 31,495 miles
2006 VW Beetle loses power when driving. This has happened at least fifteen to twenty times. Car taken to VW dealership service six times for repair. Twice while under the new car manufactures warranty. They have tried to fix the problem, but have not as it still happens. We no longer drive the car. VW of America has been notified. Fortunately no one has been injured as we have been able to pull off on to the shoulder. Just hired a lawyer as VW's position is it's my problem.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 292005

Beetle 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact purchased a 2006 Volkswagen New beetle convertible and the computer system stopped functioning, resulting in a failure of all electrical systems. This occurred while driving at 60 mph with a loss of power. There was no prior warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. The dealer said the ip controller was faulty, and it was an engineering design flaw. This was a common problem that Volkswagen attempted to redesign. In the meantime, no repairs or corrections could be made.

- Liberal, KS, USA

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