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VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE - 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Problems & Complaints

 
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by VOLKSWAGEN

There are 162 complaints filed for the 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (43) Equipment Adaptive (1) Parking Brake (1) Service Brakes Electric (1) Unknown Or Other (4)
Electrical System (38) Exterior Lighting (14) Power Train (23) Service Brakes Hydraulic (8) Vehicle Speed Control (5)
Electronic Stability Control (1) Fuel System Diesel (1) Seat Belts (12) Structure (11) Visibility (12)
Engine (2) Fuel System Gasoline (3) Seats (2) Suspension (3) Visibility Wiper (1)
Engine And Engine Cooling (23) Fuel System Other (1) Service Brakes (3) Tires (1) Wheels (1)
Equipment (2) Latches Locks Linkages (4) Service Brakes Air (1)

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SEAT BELTS

11/19/2008 - BENSON, AZ
REAR COLLISION ACCIDENT IN 2004, NOW SEATBELT LATCH MECHANISM NOT WORKING, STRUTS AND WHEEL BEARINGS DAMAGED AND NEED REPLACEMENT ALONG WITH SUBFRAME AND EMERGENCY BRAKE SYSTEM.

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SUSPENSION

11/19/2008 - BENSON, AZ
REAR COLLISION ACCIDENT IN 2004, NOW SEATBELT LATCH MECHANISM NOT WORKING, STRUTS AND WHEEL BEARINGS DAMAGED AND NEED REPLACEMENT ALONG WITH SUBFRAME AND EMERGENCY BRAKE SYSTEM.

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SERVICE BRAKES, ELECTRIC

11/19/2008 - BENSON, AZ
REAR COLLISION ACCIDENT IN 2004, NOW SEATBELT LATCH MECHANISM NOT WORKING, STRUTS AND WHEEL BEARINGS DAMAGED AND NEED REPLACEMENT ALONG WITH SUBFRAME AND EMERGENCY BRAKE SYSTEM.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/11/2008 - MADISON, WI
AIRBAG LIGHT CAME ON. I TOOK IT IN AND THEY SAID IT IS CAUSED BY A BAD WIRING HARNESS IN THE DRIVERS SEAT, SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE SEATBELT LATCH. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE AIRBAGS WILL NOT WORK IF THE LIGHT IS ON. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL. CONSUMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR A MANUFACTURER DEFECT! THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS, YET VW HAS YET TO RECALL THIS PART. ARE THEY WAITING UNTIL SOMEONE DIES?

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AIR BAGS

11/11/2008 - MADISON, WI
AIRBAG LIGHT CAME ON. I TOOK IT IN AND THEY SAID IT IS CAUSED BY A BAD WIRING HARNESS IN THE DRIVERS SEAT, SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE SEATBELT LATCH. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE AIRBAGS WILL NOT WORK IF THE LIGHT IS ON. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL. CONSUMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR A MANUFACTURER DEFECT! THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS, YET VW HAS YET TO RECALL THIS PART. ARE THEY WAITING UNTIL SOMEONE DIES?

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AIR BAGS

11/7/2008 - LOUISBURG, KS
AIRBAG LIGHT ILLUMINATED. NO OPERATOR REASON FOR THIS; I.E., NO VEHICLE IMPACTS, NO WORK DONE ON CAR OTHER THAN BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH REPLACED ONE WEEK PRIOR. RESEARCH INDICATES AIRBAG SYSTEM IS INOPERATIVE IF THIS LIGHT IS ON. RESEARCH ALSO INDICATES THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM THAT IS EXPENSIVE FIX AND IS NOT ALWAYS RELIABLE. CANNOT BE DIAGNOSED WITH OBD II READER; NEEDS EXPENSIVE ($250+) DIAGNOSTIC SOFTWARE AND CABLE TO USE WITH LAPTOP COMPUTER FOR RELIABLE DIAGNOSIS. VW DEALERS TYPICALLY CHARGE IN EXCESS OF $100 TO READ DIAGNOSTIC CODES AND THEN PRICE OF REPAIRS IS UNAFFORDABLE. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE--OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEMS ARE AT LEAST AS IMPORTANT AS EMISSIONS SYSTEMS AND SHOULD BE RELIABLE FOR MORE THAN 70,000 MILES.

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AIR BAGS

6/18/2008 - GREELEY, CO
FOR NO APPARENT REASON THE AIRBAG WARNING LIGHT IN MY DAUGHTER'S 2002 NEW BEETLE LIT UP. AFTER A COSTLY ($315) DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS RESISTANCE IN THE SEAT BUCKLE. WHEN I SCHEDULED THE DIAGNOSIS, THE SERVICE DESK PERSON PREDICTED THAT WAS THE PROBLEM. THAT INDICATES THAT THIS IS A COMMON DEFECT. SHE ALSO SAID THE AIRBAGS WILL NOT DEPLOY IF THE LIGHT IS ON. WHICH IN ITS SELF IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN .

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: ENGINE

6/13/2008 - OAK PARK HEIGHTS, MN
2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE DIESEL TURBO SEALS AND/OR BEARING FAILURE WHICH RESULTED IN OIL FILLING THE INNER COOLER AND AIR TUBES--THIS RESULTED IN OIL BEING TAKEN INTO THE INTAKE AND FILLING THE CYLINDERS--THIS LED TO HYDRO LOCK OF THE ENGINE AND CYLINDER DAMAGE--HAD THE VEHICLE NOT JUST BEEN STARTED WHEN INCIDENT OCCURRED, THIS CONDITION COULD HAVE RESULTED IN RUNAWAY ENGINE RPM'S AND NO WAY TO SHUT THE ENGINE OFF, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO THE ENGINE BLOWING UP AND/OR FIRE.

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FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

6/13/2008 - OAK PARK HEIGHTS, MN
2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE DIESEL TURBO SEALS AND/OR BEARING FAILURE WHICH RESULTED IN OIL FILLING THE INNER COOLER AND AIR TUBES--THIS RESULTED IN OIL BEING TAKEN INTO THE INTAKE AND FILLING THE CYLINDERS--THIS LED TO HYDRO LOCK OF THE ENGINE AND CYLINDER DAMAGE--HAD THE VEHICLE NOT JUST BEEN STARTED WHEN INCIDENT OCCURRED, THIS CONDITION COULD HAVE RESULTED IN RUNAWAY ENGINE RPM'S AND NO WAY TO SHUT THE ENGINE OFF, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO THE ENGINE BLOWING UP AND/OR FIRE.

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SUSPENSION: FRONT

5/30/2008 - LYNBROOK, NY
I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE STREET AT APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES PER HOUR WHEN SUDDENLY MY CAR BEGAN TO SOUND LIKE I WAS DRAGGING METAL ACROSS THE ROAD. I TRIED TO TURN THE CAR TO THE RIGHT TO PULL OVER AND PARK, AND THE CAR LOCKED. THREE AIRBAGS THEN DEPLOYED. THE STEERING LOCKED AND CAUSED THE CAR TO SIDESWIPE ANOTHER. THE OFFICER THAT RESPONDED TO THE ACCIDENT, ADVISED ME TO REPORT IT ON TO THIS SITE. HE CLAIMED THAT HE HAS NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE AND SAID IT WAS A DEFECT IN THE WHEEL. THE LOWER CONTROL ARM BOLT COMPLETELY BROKE CAUSING THE SUSPENSION FRAME TO BREAK. THE POLICE OFFICER REPORTED THIS AS A DEFECT IN THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE IS A 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE WITH 44,000 MILES.

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