really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,797 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Beetle drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 052014


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Beetle. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle jerked, lost acceleration, and stalled. The contact stated that the etc light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed and three burned "etc wires from the transmission" were replaced. The failure recurred and the service engine light illuminated. The dealer stated that the transmission could have caused the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 172014


  • 56,000 miles
The VW new Beetle was recalled from years 2003 to 2008 for transmission hard shifting from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 gears. VW recalled vehicles because of a bad transmission valve body. My car was sold new in August of 2007 to its first owner and has the known transmission problem as recalled by VW. The transmission in question is an O9G transmission according to the dealer. I took the car to the dealer when the problem started and they told me that they saw no codes and this were sealed transmissions, meaning no servicing needed. I never received any letter from VW and when I called to report the problem they tell me my VIN number is not recalled. It is obvious that the same problem exist on this vehicles and I am asking the NHTSA to reopen this case with VW and extend the warranties for owner still experiencing the a previous recall for the exact problem. My car production date is 6/7/2007 and sold new on 8/12/2008. The transmission should be covered.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Mar 102014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated while driving the windshield wipers failed and the gear selector displayed the incorrect gear. The contact also mentioned that the engine and air bag warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. The current mileage was 30,000.

- Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 032013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle jerked violently as the engine rpms increased. The contact mentioned that the failure would recur when the gears were shifting upward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the valve body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #1

May 222009


  • 3,986 miles
While stopped at a red light, vehicle suddenly revved up and started to move forward, even though foot was firmly pressing down on brake pedal. Turned wheel to the right while vehicle was moving forward and moved the gear shift lever from "drive" to "park". left front of vehicle made contact with rear of vehicle that was stopped in front of me.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

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