Ignition Problems of Volkswagen New Beetle

Volkswagen New Beetle owners have reported 8 problems related to ignition (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen New Beetle based on all problems reported for the New Beetle.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 1
Failure Date: 12/01/2007

Car cut off and almost killed me with witness.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle 2
Failure Date: 12/29/2006

2000 vw New Beetle- diesel: has had recurring problem with the glow-plug system. Components have been repeatedly replaced starting 11/2004. Service dates include, but not limited to 5/2005, 8/2006, 12/2006, not including separate diagnostics. Total charges to date in excess of $1200. 00 of this single system. No help from manufacturer or acknowledgemet that a problem even exists. Vehicle is located in area (se texas) that would necessitate the use of glow plug only a few days a year. The system is supposed to be designed to activate only below a centian low temperature. It is otherwise a 'static' system with no moving parts that should not be subject to wear and tear. Yet, components of this system have regularly failed, causing dashboard warning light. Have totally lost confidence in the vehicle, or vw's authorized service providers to rocognize that there is a problem, and provide a solution from the manufacturer's side that is a permanent fix, rather than just replacing the same parts repeatedly.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 3
Failure Date: 09/01/2005

Purchased brand new. Problems I have had with this car: 1. Rear power windows have both taken turns falling down into the body. Will not power up. One has been replaced. Dealer now won't fix second one because they 'don't see it as a known problem. ' 2. Headliner around rear window has come undone. 3. Headlights have to be replaced constantly. For example; a light bulb was installed on a Saturday, and had stopped working by the following Wednesday. 4. Rubber coating on glove box and on interior doors is peeling off. Dealer would not even condsider fixing or addressing. 5. Key assembly for arm console broke almost immediately. It took approximately 8 months, and several reminders, to get dealer to replace. 6. Sometimes radio stays on after key has been removed from ignition. 7. Air bag light stays on. Won't go off. 8. Hand release on front passenger seat often gets 'stuck' and will not work. 9. Cup holder has come off track. I only drive this car to-and-from work. No kids/passengers ride in it. It has not had any owner abuse. I will never buy another Volkswagen product.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 4
Failure Date: 04/25/2005

This vehicle has had a series of problems since I have owned it. I have always been a Volkswagen enthusiast. So when I saw the New Beetles I was naturally excited and couldn't wait to own one. What I expected was Volkswagens usual excellent quality and value for money. What I got was a vehicle that not only is an inconvenience to drive, but is also a safety concern. This vehicle has had at least 8 major defects. I call them defects because so many others have experienced similar issues with their New Beetles. Keep in mind the vehicle is regularly maintained, and is only at 97,000 miles. 1. Check engine light is on and vehicle stalls or cuts out on a regular basis. 2. The low beams on my headlights always burn out. I change the lights and they just burn out again. I always have to drive instead with my high beams on. 3. My driver side and passenger side windows have fallen into my doors. Meaning that they wont roll up, a loud, noise can be heard when you try. I was told by Volkswagen that they were "aware" of the problem. They even told me that it was because they used plastic clips to hold the windows and they are now replacing with metal clips. Fine and good, but while my windows were down my seats became severely stained. (they stain easy) who's going pay for that??? 4. The window switch that controls the windows going up and down broke off in my hand. 5. The radio tries to load a tape when there isn't one. Hood latch broke, has to be opened with screwdriver now. Thanks vwoa!! 6. Heater motor turns up and down on its own 7. Engine holds high rpms in highway, rapid iol consumption. 8 reverse lights malfunctioned. Questions vwoa? call me, we'll chat 269-986-0996 .

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 5
Failure Date: 05/02/2003

Instrument cluster malfunction: (purchased this used car March 1, 2003. Started noticing problems shortly thereafter, decided to report it after the most current incident and unsuccessful attempts at fixing). - when trying to start the car, it will start then die immediately, I have almost been stranded a few times. I had to keep trying to restart the car until the engine finally stayed running (this has occurred at least 7 times from March 1, 2003 and is getting progressively worse). Could this potentially cause the engine to die while driving? - the seat belt warning buzzer has never functioned during my ownership. - the door buzzer has never functioned during my ownership, not if the lights are left on or if the keys are still in the ignition.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 6
Failure Date: 01/27/2003

The coil pack on my 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle burned out causing me to practically stall on a very busy freeway. So far, vw doesn't seem to think this a saftey issue yet and will not require a recall on these parts. These coils will burn out. Not if, but when. I would hate to be going up a hill when one of these coil packs go out.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 7
Failure Date: 01/23/2003

Coil pack failure iin vw New Beetle with 1. 8t engine -- last week, I had my 2nd coil pack failure (the first being in November 2002) while commuting to work on the george washington parkway at about 45 mph. The car suddenly began to shake violently, and I narrowly averted an accident when I had to slow down to 30. Fortunately, I was able to exit safely, and I followed surface streets to the dealer, with the car shuddering whenever my rpm exceeded 2,500. The dealer (alexandria vw) replaced the coil pack the same day, but, after checking with vw of America at my insistence, they refused to replace the remaining two defective coil packs despite their admission that the other two would almost certainly fail in the future. I called vw's complaint line the next day and was told that vw couldn't issue a recall because of insufficient supply of the replacement parts. . Read more...

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 8
Failure Date: 11/01/2002

The 2001. 5, 2002, and certain 2003 vw/Audi 1. 8t engines have experienced a high rate of coilpack failures. This has been reported by the media (autoweek magazine) and detailed on internet message boards at vwvortex. Com, audiworld. Com, newbeetle. Org, and others, in great detail. The current parts shortage is causing owners to wait up to 3 weeks or more. I waited 2 1/2 weeks. Because of this shortage, only the failed coilpacks are being replaced at this time. This leaves the owner with the remaining potentially defective coilpacks that can fail at any time. This is a serious safety issue that warrants a recall. The failed units have been isolated to a certain part number. Previous 1. 8ts that use a coilpack of a slightly different design and produced by a different supplier, have not experienced this high rate of failure. Dt.

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