definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,375 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 052012


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. While coming to a complete stop and placing the vehicle into park, the ignition and steering wheel locked up. The contact also stated that it was difficult to start the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the ignition and steering tumbler lock needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Greenville, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 022012

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 100 miles
There is a high pitch whistling noise in the steering system. It is present when the vehicle is sitting still and while the vehicle is traveling. The noise only increases when the steering wheel is moved back and forth. It is an intermittent sound. The dealership has replaced the power steering pump twice and the sound did not go away. They drove a brand new bug and told us that all the bugs have the same noise. The sound is like when a window is slightly open while traveling at a high rate of speed.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 052012

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 400 miles
Under certain daytime lighting conditions several of the dash panel instruments (speedometer, and tachometer) can not be read, since these are not illuminated unless the headlights are on. There are no options in the supplied controls to turn these dash lights on without turning on the headlights. VW of America has been contacted with regard to this concern and has indicated there is not 'fix' for this condition. My wife and I are very concerned with this condition. We are pursuing an alternative lighting arrangement to solve this condition.

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 282012


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle would veer to the right abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that there was a problem with the alignment machine. The vehicle was not aligned. The manufacturer was notified of the issue who advised that they would research the failure at a later date. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13,000. ## VIN passed ## 2013 Volkswagen Beetle ##

- Millsboro, DE, USA

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