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I have just bought my first New Beetle, 2003, Turbo convertible. It has 70K miles on it. I have noticed that while accelerating at lower speeds with revs around the 3K mark, there is a vibration that I can feel in the steering wheel and through the accelerator pedal. Does anyone know if this is normal? By the way, I know NOTHING about cars, so if anyone can help...Other than that LOVE the car. It makes me smile every time I drive it.
 

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Could be a number of things; cupped tires, front end problems, motor mounts, etc. You might find a local VW independant shop; have them go over the whole car, since you just bought it and see if there is anything that needs repaired. I think it is smart; to have a pro go over everything, so there are no surprises and that anything that needs to be addressed is done, that way the car doesn't have a problem that could cause major damage (example: water pump/timing belt change). If the timing belt breaks; it will damage the engine and the repairs are expensive. Get it checked out; asap! Welcome to the site! :)
 

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Thank you for your reply and help. As soon as I bought it, I took it to a VW dealer who said that it needed new tires and the front axle replaced, the cv joints were cracked. Other than that they said it was in really good shape for its age. After passing out from the quote given for the work :) I took it to a local place that specialises in German cars, and they did the work for a third of the cost. Again they said that the car was in good shape. Funnily enough, I don't remember having this issue before the work was done on the car. Does that give any more clues?
 

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Well, if that is the case; I would take it back to the shop, that did the work and have them resolve the issue. If the variable that changed; was the axles replacement, then that would be a area to check out. There have been members on here; who have had similar issue to yours and it ended up being a replacement axle that caused problems and they went back to the original vw new/replacement axles or bought a higher oem axle from a place like raxles.com or a used original out of the same car, from a junk yard (breakers in uk). Here in the USA; allot of auto part stores; carry rebuilt axles, that vary in quality (but cheap on price) and these could cause problems. Where did they get the replacement axle from and maybe, something was overlooked, when they did the work? Take it back asap and have them, correct the problem and complete the repair. :cool:
 

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Well, if that is the case; I would take it back to the shop, that did the work and have them resolve the issue. If the variable that changed; was the axles replacement, then that would be a area to check out. There have been members on here; who have had similar issue to yours and it ended up being a replacement axle that caused problems and they went back to the original vw new/replacement axles or bought a higher oem axle from a place like raxles.com or a used original out of the same car, from a junk yard (breakers in uk). Here in the USA; allot of auto part stores; carry rebuilt axles, that vary in quality (but cheap on price) and these could cause problems. Where did they get the replacement axle from and maybe, something was overlooked, when they did the work? Take it back asap and have them, correct the problem and complete the repair. :cool:
AGREED!

We had a lady attending the Tail of the Dragon get together this past May, that had this same issue- She happened to be in my caravan. 50-75 miles in transit her bug started wobbling. We thought her tire might haved warped. Went through a lot of troubleshooting & came to the conclusion that it was the driver's side axle...which she bought two weeks prior at Advance Auto Parts. Got a replacement axle (replacement warranty) & in removing the bad axle, it disintegrated at the transmission monting flange.

As for me, in the long run, a cheap, rebuilt axle just isn't worth it. Their short mortality rate of the cheap axles warrants their "lifetime" warranty.

BTW, I might have missed it, but @70k miles they should've had the timing belt changed...was this done?

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