hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,891 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle transmission problems

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2006 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 282011


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen new Beetle convertible. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk while shifting from second to third gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where the valve body was repaired. The failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

Mar 032011

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 50,399 miles
2006 new Beetle tdi transmission (dsg) failure. Can suddenly slow and operated at high rev's. lucky I did not get rear ended.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #10

Nov 082010

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • 90,000 miles
I took my VW diesel with an automatic dsg transmission for 90,000 mile service. It has been in the shop for over a month being diagnose with a transmission failure. The car has been serviced since new by auto bahn VW of forth worth. The first indicator of a problem was the speedometer jumping around.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 122010


  • 63,000 miles


2006 Volkswagen Beetle transmission failure.

- Bristow, VA, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jul 072010


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle tdi. While driving 55 mph the vehicle lost power to the transmission. The vehicle starting slowing down, causing her to drive to the side of the road. She waited a few minutes, put the vehicle in park and was able to continue driving to her destination at a lower speed. The contact stated that the failure had occurred several times in one day. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the mechantronic unit needed to be replaced. The dealer ordered the part. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileages were 63,000.

- Rushville, IN, USA

problem #6

Jan 012010


  • miles


Transmission is slipping causing the car to jerk forward and throw me forward on the highway as it downshifts.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #5

Apr 022010


  • 90,000 miles
I had transmission problems on my 2006 VW Beetle which only had 90,000 miles. Between 2nd and 3rd gear it would slip and then jump into the gear. This happened when accelerating and decelerating. I had to stay at least a car length back when stopping at a signal light just in case it jumped and hit the car in front of me. I had to spend $6000 to get a new transmission.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 202007


  • 17,000 miles
Failing dual mass flywheel. Symptoms are vibration, rattling. Symptoms have been developing since vehicle was detected with unknown vibration at 17K. Dealership unable to diagnose problem after replacing egr, maf, fuel pump and checking flywheel for grease deposits. Results of failure are immediate lockup of transmission and engine if operating at highway speeds. Damage to transmission and engine are probable. Well known documented failures have been recorded and fixed by VW, but most failures on manual cars have been blamed on driver agressiveness even though dmf makers have released documentation that show that failing dmf will show the same symptoms as a failure due to agressive driving. VW has active recall campains in european countries for the same dmf failures.

- Mirror Lake, NH, USA

problem #3

Sep 152009


  • 62,000 miles
2006 VW Beetle, 6-spd automatic with 62,000 miles. Car began slipping between gears on a typical trip along interstate 95. Car was towed into a dealership where a technician determined that there was moisture in the transmission and it would need to be completely replaced for an estimated $7,000. I've called several private transmission repair shops and am told that neither VW nor any aftermarket companies sell parts to repair the transmission. The car is still not repaired as the value of the car, approx $9,000 does not warranty $7,000 repair. I have been in contact via online forums with several owners from 2003 to 2007 with the same problem. According to many, VW dealership tech's seem to systematically blame these problems on minor dings and dents to the undercarriage of the cars that "may" have caused the problems.

- Allardt, TN, USA

problem #2

May 102008

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The vehicle has been experiencing difficulty shifting gears. At times while driving the vehicle automatically goes into 2nd gear where it remain until the key is removed. The dealer indicates the 'megatronic' shifting controller is bad. However the part is on back order from the factory and there is a 7-10 delay in shipment from the factory. It seems this seems to be a common part failure.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 252006

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,800 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to apply brake pressure at all speeds, the brakes went to the floor and would not return to the normal up position. The driver had to pull up on the brake pedal to apply brake pressure. Also, the transmission fails to maintain engaged when inclined. Although the dealer was alerted no inspections have been made.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

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