Volkswagen New Beetle owners have reported 34 problems related to power window (under the visibility 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.
The back passenger's side window stuck in the 1/2 down/up position. When we tried to lower it with power window mechanism, it crushed upon itself. During its replacement for $880, our vw technology, inc. Serviceman offered that all convertible beetle Volkswagen have this problem, even to the 2010 model . Ours is a 2002 model. The local Volkswagen dealer wanted over $1,000 for the same replacement work. We contacted Volkswagen's national service who denied there was a problem with this on any other vehicle.
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2003 new vw beetle. Was rolling up the rear window and it stopped working and will not roll up any more. Window was not in a bind nothing was in the way of it, after it broke I went on line and see that this is a common occurrence.
Both rear windows regulators went out and neither back windows will roll up or done.
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2000 Volkswagen New Beetle turbo 1. 8l, driver side window regulator breaks and regulator has been replaced and breaks again. All old parts in possession and vehicle purchased this year from original owner.
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle turbo GLS has a defective part producing high voltage. Consumer wants to be reimbursed for expenses and depreciation because the vehicle was damaged beyond repair. The dealer told the consumer the vehicle needed a new window motor. The consumer decided to have the work done somewhere else, so they gave her a cable kit and not a regulator. The other repair shop stated it was the regulator that was defective. The consumer also stated the vehicle would not start. The consumer received a second opinion after the original dealer implied she had done something wrong. It was determined that something was overcharging the alternator, which turned out that a new battery was needed. A couple of days later, the vehicle would not start again, the consumer was informed the window motor was causing high voltage even when the vehicle was shut off; it was draining the power. The consumer stated the dealer refused to accept responsibility for leaving the defective window motor in the vehicle.
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Window regulators on Volkswagen New Beetle failed causing window glass to fall inside of door. This issue has two TSB's issued 6402-03 and 6408-06. Volkswagen should be require to fix this defective part on all vehicles regardless of age or mileage.
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen beetle. While the contact was driving approximately 30 mph the driver side window made a loud squeaky noise when in activation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on five separate occasions where the mechanic lubed the window glass track inside of the door panel. In addition, the driver side window mechanism and exterior side view mirrors control mechanism malfunctioned and were replaced. The exterior paint on the driver side door exhibited severe chipping. Also, the contact stated water would leak inside the driver side window door panel causing the window glass to fog. The failure mileage was approximately 5. Updated 10/27/10.
I brought my car in a few days to not receive a call at all on the status as I brought it in to have the back driver side window fixed due to it would not go up at all. The dealer kept it for two days and not even provide me with a loaner car- worse customer service I have ever received!!!! I will never get a vw car ever !! nor would I recommend it to anyone else. I just received my car back to not even have the window fixed nor a date of when it will be fixed due to the part is on national back order. I purchased the car a few months ago and I have nothing but issues with this car nor does the dealer want to assist in resolving them. I received my car back to have tubes sticking out of the back window preventing me from putting it down and it looks horrible which I believe rain would go in and they seem okay that I should be fine with this.
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For several days vw shrewsbury motors failed to call me on the status of my car due to the rear driver side window not being able to go up nor a loaner car provided. The worse customer service I received!!!! but my car was not fixed at all but to receive the car back with a window that still does not go up but to have tubes sticking out to prevent me from putting the window. But to top this all off they can not give me a date of when the part will come in because it is on national back order which to my is not acceptable at all!!!! I have one month of good weather and I can not put the top down nor the windows and I purchased the car a few months ago and I do not have a date of when it will be fixed. I will never buy a vw again!!!!.
In 2006 my right rear window stopped working, luckily the vehicle was still under warranty and the issue was fixed at no charge. Last week the rear driver's side window began having the same problem, and is now at the dealership and will likely cost me at least $900. I have looked at online message boards and found this to be a common problem with the 2003 vw New Beetle convertible, and feel that vw should be paying for this, not car owners.
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2003 New Beetle windows continue to fail rear window failed vw wants $900 to repair stuck in down position front window failed wants $700 for repair I had them fixed during warranty at least 10 times, I don't think they ever get fixed they just keep braking and now they want me to pay?.
The driver's side rear window fell down, and would not come back up. The dealership priced repair at over $600 dollars. Was told of extended warranty for up to 2002 models with similar problem, but not available for 2003 models.
Passenger window no longer functions. Falls into door. I heard a crack and then the window no longer worked. I took the car into the vw dealer for the recall on the window regulators. They determined that the window clips on my car were not broken so they refused to fix my window regulator. Stating that only the window clips are under warranty. I have two letters from vwofa stating there is" a limited warranty covering the repair of mechanical malfunctions of the front door window mechanisms in your car. " after contacting vwofa they still say they will not fix my window since the window clips are not broken. The tech at the vw dealership reports that "the cables to the passenger front window regulator binding. " so now I have my window held in place by three pieces of tape that the dealership put there to keep the window from falling into the door and they refuse to fix the window regulator.
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Rear passenger side window has fallen down and the dealer wants around $1,000 to repair it. Our thermostat went out last week and cost us $315 for just that, and then the next day our drivers side door hinge broke. The car has around 70,000 miles on it and things keep going wrong every week! I loved this car but the way it is going I will not buy another vw product (even though I owned 2 in the past).
The first occurrence (driver's side window) occurred within 6,000 miles of driving off the dealer's lot -- the second occurrence (passenger side window) occurred today, 7/24/2006. The events leading up to today's incident, albeit identical to the first occurrence 3 years ago, goes something like this: I hit the 'down' button to lower the window; the window lowers itself and stays in the down position -- thereby subjecting the driver and passengers to the possibility of:
a: exposure to the elements including the possibility of dust/debris causing temporary blindness. B: exposure to noxious air fumes from inner-city driving. C: making the occupants of the vehicle more-likely subjects of violent crimes up to and including car-jacking, rape, armed robbery.
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Any time I turn on my air conditioner it sounds like my car is going to blow up. Cold air comes out, but the noise and the shaking of my car scares me. It started about 4 months ago. I would have the ac on and if my car was idling the noise would start up and my car would vibrate, it felt like my car was idling very heavily. It sounded like a jack hammer. Now, it happens just when I turn the air on, but it's even louder than before. Also I hear the jack hammer sound when the air is not on and hasn't been turned on at all when my car is at a stop or when I turn the car off. I don't have the money to fix it so I haven't even bothered to take it in anywhere to get it fixed. On top of it all, I can't put my windows down because in Nov '05 my passenger side window disconnected from the track. After a couple of months I started to get the feeling the driver side window was not too far behind with it doing the same. Sure enough, this past April, it did the deed. I called the dealership about this to see if fixing it would be covered under warranty, but because my warranty was either 5 years or 60,000 miles and my car being about 62,000 miles was told it was no longer under warranty. I do not have the money to fix this car, I've been having a tough time just paying for the car itself and fighting with Volkswagen credit about this.
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Vw New Beetle - in shop for 3 months out of 24 months owned. Engine trouble, window trouble, starter trouble and now clutch problems.
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.
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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The consumer stated that 1998 Volkswagen beetle intermittently stalled while driving. The speed was not a factor. The whole electrical system failed when the car stalled. This started happening in January of 2005. The consumer to the car took the dealership, and the dealership could not find the cause of the problem. The consumer did not call the manufacturer. Diagnostic testing was done with no results. The consumer stated the problem has been rectified. The window switch was replaced.
Consumer complained about electrical problems; the speakers didn't work/windows kept going up and down, and transmission failed. The car was not even a one year old. The replaced transmission still performs poorly. The air bag light came on at least 3-4 times.
Passenger side power window and driver side power window malfunctioned and driver side plastic switch broke off.
Driver door power window:new beetle conv. When closing,will roll back down by itself and clunks when hits bottom. Happens almost every time window is opened then closed. Reported and taken to dealer April 20 2004, they found window glass almost falling off clip. Reinstalled. Released back to me. Before I left the service area, window failure happened again. Dealer then replaced motor 2 times. Still same problem. Dealer contacted vw. And was told software update needed and shorter cables. As of today August 21,2004 window still has problem and still waiting on software up. I have reported the case to vw. No resolution as of yet.
When I close my drivers side door, there is consistently a gap between the glass and soft top convertable. Also when I use the button to close my window it goes up but comes right back down repeatidly, I have complained to vw and I have complained to the dealershoip , I have taken it there numberous times and they have "fixed" it but it continues to do the same thing repeatidly. . . I am very fustrated . . . . I love my car but hates it when it does not funtion properly.
2004 vw beetle convertible. The windows catch on the top when the doors are open. This action is wearing top. The windows actually bend under stress when door is open. The auto-up option is interupted with when the window goes up, hits top and comes back down. This problem has been ongoing since I got the car new in oct. 2004.
Driver side window "fell out". I was driving the car, trying to put the window up when it became stuck. Once stopped, I again tried to put the window up when there was a cracking sound and the whole window just fell into the door. When I called the dealer the secretary was very familiar with this type of problem and was even able to tell me that the original clips to hold the window were plastic and they replace them with metal ones. If this problem is that common that the secretary knows exactly what the problem is and what the remedy is, Volkswagen needs to take care of this problem.
The transmission in my 2002 New Beetle fails to engage for a second or two after the car has been sitting for a while. Doesn't do it at other times, only when the car has been sitting an hour or more. Dealership replaced transmission module twice (two different dealerships) and the third and fourth time I brought it in with the same complaint, they said it was normal for the transmission to behave this way. Inherent to the design of the transmission was this small delay for emissions reasons. I am not buying it, not with all the other issues I have had with this car. I have had it in four times for power window problems and getting ready to bring it in for a fifth. The monsoon stereo has been replaced once and is malfunctioning again. The parking brake assembly broke and had to be replaced. Lots of bothersome problems and now I hear what sounds like a valve tap.
Both passanger and drive window mechinisms had to be replaced. Windows would not go up.
This appears to be a very common problem. The window regulator system is clearly defective and is expensive to fix. Time-consuming and expensive even for a do-it-yourselfer.
While in motion, the power windows failed. The driver side window failed when consumer was operating it and it just stopped moving and then fell down into the car door. The passenger side window failed in August 2002. Consumer powered the window down and then it would not go back up, leaving it open. The driver window was fixed at the dealership in vermont and the passenger window was repaired at the dealership in washington, DC. A Volkswagen representative informed consumer that the power windows were a chronic problem with these vehicles, but that no recall had been issued. Consumer requests reimbursement for monies paid for repairs.
Power window switch breaks and must be replaced often. We know many New Beetle ownwers - nearly all have had the problem. Window can stick down and not be closeable, in any weather, in any area - definite security problem in the wrong neighborhood. Ours was fixed on warranty less than 10,000 miles ago - problem is so common that we are buying extras to carry with us. Vw is definitely aware of the problem and is silent. Four years worth of cars have been produced with the same defective switch, and current production is unchanged, to my knowledge. Thanks for your time. No summary listed for above vehicle.
I"ve had multiple failures with my 1998 beetle. The car was overheating--found out that the engine fuses were melted over the battery terminal. My reverse lights stopped working--no one has been able to correct that yet, my daytime running lights don't usually work, but sometimes will come on all by themselves. Got locked in my car twice. The alarm sometimes goes off for no reason. The car periodically doesn't start. Had it towed to vw twice for this. They could find no problems. Also, something in the car's electrical components is drowning the battery--have to buy a new battery every six months. I have replaced both windows once . I had the brake light switch replaced three times and was rear -ended once before vw finally did a recall on that part. I'm sure I have left something out--there is so much it's hard to remember. Bottom line--this car is a hazard on the road for the person driving and other motorists.
The window switches have broken twice. They were repaired under warranty the first time. I have not had them replaced a second time, as the warranty had expired due to mileage (even though the switches broke twice within a year of purchase of the vehicle). I do not plan on having the switches replaced again, as I am convinced that they will simply break again. I have seen similar complaints on this website, so I wanted to submit further evidence that there may be a problem with the switches. The air conditioner stopped working about 2 years after purchase of the vehicle. Upon inspection by an independent service station, a leak in the air compressor valve was diagnosed. The mechanic stated that this was unusual and that there did not appear to be any trauma to the unit. I have contacted Volkswagen regarding this problem, but am not optimistic about a resolution, due to their response to the high mileage on the car which negates the warranty. As with the switches I have seen similar complaints on this website and wanted to offer further evidence.
The switches that control both the driver's and passenger's side windows have broken. The first time they broke, I took the car to the dealer and had the switch replaced under warranty. The switches soon broke for the second time within a year of purchase, but since I have a long commute to work I was outside of the 24,000 mile warranty. I have not had the switches replaced a second time, but have come to accept this inconvenience. However, after reading some other similar complaints on this website, I wanted to offer further evidence that there may be a problem with these window switches.
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