Hello Fellow New Beetle owners.
This is my first post. We bought an 06 New Beetle Convertible used from a relative. I knew the car had not been super-well cared for, but it was offered at a great price and I figured it would be okay. Well - there have been several issues that now have me concerned.
The car had the feared borg warner transmission clunk issue - but the prior owner did not tend to it within the warranty period so I found a local shop and had it repaired properly. Tranny is now great.
Fast forward to about 6 weeks ago when my daughter had an issue with the car - the v-belt came out of track and the car locked up. Further investigation found that the bolt that secures the dogbone from the subframe to the transmission had sheared off - - so the engine was able to move too much - causing the belt to come out of track.
I was able to remove the sheared bolt and replace it with the Stretch bolt I bought from the dealer. All seemed well
about 6 weeks of driving and - lo and behold - same exact problem.
1- could the motor mounts be too "soft" - - allowing the engine too much movement, which is causing the bolt shear?
2- Should I install a stronger/harder (e.g. 12.9) 10mm bolt to try to address the shear issue?
3- Should I consider replacing the motor mounts too?
Note that at this point I'm probably over-invested in the car - - given the tranny and some other items I've had to repair - - so going in and doing the motor mounts is not exactly something I'm keen to do - - esp since it might not resolve the problem for sure...
ANY advice / guidance is greatly appreciated.
I'm in SoCal - Los Angeles area.
The car was previously in the desert - -Palm Springs. Thinking maybe the high heat would contribute to premature motor mount breakdown???