The New VW Beetle was distributed in the United States from model years 1998-2010. Volkswagen updated the interior and made changes to the body style to reflect the modern era. It’s engine is still the traditional four-cylinder, three different types are available with increased horsepower and efficiency. The 115 hp 2.0 Liter inline-four engine is standard on the base models. Also available are the 100 hp 1.9 Liter TDI turbo diesel inline-four and the 150 hp 1.8 Liter turbo inline-four on the Sport and Turbo New Beetle models. While these new VWs are attractive and fun to drive, they still have some common problems that arise. Here are a few examples:
Faulty Sensors: The Beetle’s have a state-of-the-art computer systems which relay information from sensors throughout the car, to inform the driver of malfunctions. However, some of the sensors are faulty and give false warnings, including the Check Engine light.
Faulty Window Regulators: Several owners have complained of their windows not going up or down, or falling into the door without warning. This is due to faulty window regulators within the door.
Headlight Seal Issues: The cute bug-like headlights on the Beetle are known to have faulty seals which allow water or condensation to enter the headlight and make them malfunction.
Coil Burnouts: Owners have complained of having problems starting the vehicle, even with new batteries. This could be due to a coil burnout.
Rear Seat Area Rattling: An annoying rattling from the backseat is a common complaint of some drivers. They say it occurs more often on bumpy roads, but that is also happens during a smooth ride.
Should your Volkswagen be experiencing any of these issues, contact a local German import service center to have the problems properly diagnosed. They will have the skills and experience to get your VW Beetle back in action.
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