Ignition Switch Problems of Volkswagen New Beetle

Volkswagen New Beetle owners have reported 5 problems related to ignition switch (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 Switch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 1
Failure Date: 01/28/2012

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.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 2
Failure Date: 05/15/2007

Hazard warning light switch, p/n 1co 953 235 failed causing turn signals to work erratically or not at all. Replacement of switch with p/n 1co 953 235 b restored proper operation. Communications/letter dated June 25, 2007 with supporting documentation) to Volkswagen of America setting forth this condition as an expansion of the current recall of jettas and golf models , recall 04v584000) with same symptons and cure, with request for reimbursement, has been ignored. Failed switch wa sretained, and will be made available to third parties for engineering analysis.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle 3
Failure Date: 10/16/2005

I drove an hour away in the rain, parked for 15 minutes, and when I returned the engine would start but I had no use of wipers, heater/blower, or directional signals. Since I dared not drive in the rain without wipers, and since it was a Sunday, I had to get towed home. It was the ignition switch -- and when they tried to replace it, they found that its receptacle and nearby wires were all melted! vw says tough luck, it's my problem.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 4
Failure Date: 09/28/2004

While driving at night the epc light came on. I wanted to pull over since the car is fairly new and had never seen that light on while driving. I pulled the car off the road to check the manual and see what the light meant. The car was in park. I could not get the car to shift out of park. After calling road side assistance. . . I had the car towed to the dealership. Thing is, road side assistance had heard about this before. They had me do a "procedure" to get the car to shift out of park and be able to drive home. Once home the car got stuck into neutral. I then had it towed.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle 5
Failure Date: 08/03/2004

The ignition switch on the car failed sometime between 8:00pm Monday 8/02 and 5:30am on Tuesday 8/03. I went out to my car and started it, only to notice, I had no fan, no a/c, no defroster, no rear defroster, no headlights, no foglights, no power to some of my gauges. I researched the problem and found it to be the ignition switch, which I called my dealer for and had to spend $90 to replace. Upon removing the old unit, I noticed a wire that connects to the 30 fuse on the unit was melted and corroded, the plastic housing that connects the wires to the switch it self had melted in a small portion and the old unit had visible burn marks on it. The failure has been fixed, but the potential safety hazard still exists in my opinion, just based on the numerous people I've read about with the same problem.

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