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This is my first beetle and it is a 2001 lime green. I love it, but it has a few issues to be worked out. I call her Sweet Pea. My question is when driving and sitting still it will feel like it is hesitating. Any ideas please. She also gets wet on driver side floor all the way to back seat, i think that is the heater core but most i have seen were wet on passenger side. Please any info is welcome. Thanks
 

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Please fill in your vehicle info; so, we can help you, in a more accurate manner (year, model, engine and transmission of your new beetle).

A common problem with the new beetles, is leaks from the sunroof, from clogged drains. Do you have a sunroof? Here is a diy; to unclog your drains.

How to Clean Sunroof Drains w/ pictures! - TDIClub Forums

There was a recall; on the drain system, you might call your Volkswagen dealer and see if yours were done.
 

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Thanks it is a 2001, 5 speed 1.8 turbo. It has a sunroof. There is no water around it. only gets wet on driver side floor all the way to back seat. As for the hesitation this started about a week ago. the first time was at about 60 mph then it started doing it when i would take off it didn't want to go. It is NOT every time. It will do it sitting still sometimes too. Hope i explain this right. Thanks for any info.
 

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When, it comes to the 1.8T hesitation issues; there are a number of possible issues. The first thing I would do; is have the car scanned for trouble codes, preferably with a Volkswagen compatible, scan tool.
 

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Will check drains as soon as rain quits.. lol As for scanning by a vw place the closest one is at least a couple hours from me as i am in a real small town. Can auto zone etc scan it? There is no lights on such as check engine etc.
 

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If you want; to try to fix things yourself, I recommend that you purchase your own VW compatible scan tool. On amazon.com; you can find some basic vw scan tool/code reader (under $50) and if you spend more, you can get some... that can read live data and do coding ($75 and above). The factory level scan tool; is made by Ross Tech and it is called, VCDS ($250-$350).

Amazon.com: vag scanner: Automotive

Once you get a scanner; you can scan for code and post the codes up here, we will do our best to help! :)
 

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As much as sunroof drains can be an issue, another major problem is leaves and debris in the cowl area on these cars.

You have to remove the windshield wipers, may require a small puller tool you can get from a local Auto Parts store.

Then remove the cowl and clean out all the leaves and debris inside. Make sure the drains near the strut towers are open.

In very severe cases, the front dash will need to be removed, not that hard, to then access the 2 panels that give access to the ECU/ABS modules. This will allow even more access to clean out the cowl area.

Vacuum cleaner with a flexible piece of hose of some sort will be needed, a coat hanger to rack out debris, compressed air and/or a leaf blower is also helpful, but be careful not blow leaves into the HVAC intake on the passenger side.

I find it best to get all the debris out that you can before restoring to the leave blower or compressed air.

See these threads:

http://newbeetle.org/forums/questions-issues-concerns-problems-new-beetle/50016

http://newbeetle.org/forums/questions-issues-concerns-problems-new-beetle/58813

http://newbeetle.org/forums/new-beetle-convertible/63441

http://newbeetle.org/forums/1-8-liter-turbo/61024-bad-day-nobody-hurt-2.html#post844069
 
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