Power Train Problems of Volkswagen New Beetle

Volkswagen New Beetle owners have reported 13 problems related to power train (under the power train 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   Power Train problem of the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 1
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

Transmission valve body malfunctions and causes the card to shift harshly. This causes loss of control during acceleration and deceleration.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2
Failure Date: 09/18/2011

The six speed transmission shifts at random I got this car for my 16 year old daughter and im scared to let her drive it. Got a notice in the mail from vw about it they drove it and said it was ok but obviously its not. They need to address this situation before some one gets injured.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 3
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

Recall for transmission valve, brought to dealership, replaced valve and then transmission went out. Vw said this had nothing to do with the valve being replaced and would not cover the transmission, which was 6500 in addition to another 1500. With that being said, the car is now just suddenly losing all power at red lights or whenever stopped, this is a real road hazard, it is an accident waiting to happen. These 2005 vw are dangerous cars on the road. Vw needs to step up and reimburse folks for the transmission so that they can go and get new cars. It's difficult in these times to be able to go and get a new car when I have just socked 8000 into this one. I cannot believe that vw is getting away with this transmission issue, just unbelievable. And the car will go back in the shop again next week. I am really asking for this government agency to investigate and do what's right for all vw beetle owners that are going through this. The recall is surely a cover up for the real issue, a "faulty" transmission.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 4
Failure Date: 12/22/2010

While driving one evening the car lost the ability to shift into higher gears on highway, thus limiting the speed to less than 35 miles per hour in a posted zone of 55 mph. Third -sixth gears failed.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 5
Failure Date: 12/01/2010

Drove 600 miles to purchase this vehicle-my dream car. Had it for 2 days, put the top down twice and the cable to the convertible top snapped. Couldn't afford to have it fixed right away (missed the whole first season of using the convertible). Finally got enough $$ together to have it repaired and found out a piece of something must have fallen down into the channel of the rear window and broke a part inside so added that to the expense, around $800. Replaced the brakes next (o. K. With that, normal repair of any vehicle). But, not too long after, noticed transmission had a tiny "slip". Ignored that since I didn't want to think something else was going wrong already. Progressed to where I am now, slamming down into the lower gears when slowing to a stop. Received a letter from vw stating if any repairs had been incurred during the warranty/extended warranty, it would be covered as 7 years or 100,000 miles, whichever came first. Well, as it happens, my car has just under 83,000 miles on it and the warranty had expired in April of 2010. I took it to my local dealership and they quoted me $2490 for repair. The service manager said he had a rep he could call to see if "there was anything they could do" since it was such a short time after my warranty expired. After it was all said and done, they would deduct $750 from the total repair if I would show good faith and purchase new tires ($500), new battery ($195 or $165) and an exhaust clamp ($58) from their dealership. I'm no math wizard, but that put me right back to almost the original repair cost. I am at my wit's end with this car. I don't feel safe driving it but have no choice as it is my only mode of transportation. I have been reading several other comparable complaints, so I know I am not alone. I feel that a 100,00 mile warranty should be just that, not 7 years/or. . . . . . .

car image   Power Train problem of the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 6
Failure Date: 11/10/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle. The contact was driving 60 mph when the contact attempted to shift from second gear but the vehicle would not respond. In addition, the vehicle exhibited an abnormally hard shift. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic where the mechanic advised that the valve body in the transmission was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,000. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 7
Failure Date: 01/04/2010

This is on a car with a 1. 9l bew engine and 6 speed dsg gearbox. Problem emerged as a rough idle (like a cylinder was missing) and knocking sounds while at idle and during engine shutdown as engine comes to a stop. Car was taken to dealer and dealer diagnosed as failing dual mass flywheel, $1398 to fix. I got lucky and mine didn't explode/disintegrate as some others have, although I don't know yet if it has caused other damage to engine or trasmission. Car has 73,000 miles on it and is out of waranty, spent extra money on extended waranty when I bought the car new to hopefully avoid situations like this - the longest waranty I was offered was 7 years or 70,000 miles. Vw has re-designed the dual mass flywheel to improve it and they have recalled the cars in other countrys because of this failure but not here in the u. S. They obviously know there is a problem, otherwise why the re-designed part or recall? the failing flywheel could also cause sever damage to the trasmission and engine.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle 8
Failure Date: 05/22/2009

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.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 9
Failure Date: 10/20/2008

I recently bought a 2004 New Beetle tdi with the dsg transmission for my daughter. The car had approximately 75,000 miles on it when the failure occurred. The car had been maintained at a vw dealer and was in excellent shape. While my daughter was driving to school the dual mass flywheel self destruct and took out the transmission with it. I thought that maybe it was just my bad luck until I googled the problem and found out that many vw's with the dual mass flywheel have suffered from this catastrophic failure. Vw of America stated that they were unable to help me with this problem. The vw tdi's are not race cars and this type of failure should not occur on a car that operates at the lower rpm range as these cars do. This is either a design flaw or a manufacturing problem and is leaving people with huge repair bills, $6600 in my case.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 10
Failure Date: 10/07/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle. While driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission began to down shift continuously into lower gears. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated to the contact that the transmission valve body was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred two years later. The vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the defect and was unable to provide further assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle 11
Failure Date: 06/10/2007

Car sporadically looses power while attempting to suddenly accelerate after momentarily lifting foot off gas peddle. Most instances occur while changing lanes on the highway or attempting to make a normal left hand turn. Example: going 60 mph, lift foot off peddle to slow down due to car in front of me, see opening in the lane to my right, turn wheel slightly to change lanes, floor it only to find I have no power with other car barreling down on me. This has happened over a dozen times but I am unable to duplicate it at will.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 12
Failure Date: 02/01/2006

2003 Volkswagen jerk when slowing down and accelerating. The consumer was told the transmission would be covered for 60,000 miles.

car image   Power Train problem of the 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle 13
Failure Date: 01/08/2001

Runaway engine - engine speeded, tachometer to red line.

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