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My 2012 Turbo Beetle that I loved so much shot her clutch today and I barely made it home and now she rests for awhile in my garage. I had to push her in with the help of a neighbor. I bought my red turbo beetle last spring and she had only 16K on her and today she has 19K and gave up the ghost. I smelled that clutch burning all the way home and the clutch pedal stuck to the floor and never came back up! I have been told that this will cost me thousands of dollars to fix and I just started payments! I am a poor retired person survivor of a divorce and only a pension and SS so I cannot afford the repair at a VW dealer or any dealer anywhere. I have one ace in the hole, as soon as my classic 1950 Lincoln sells (it is out on consignment at a Chrysler dealer now) then I want to have a pro put a heavy duty racing clutch in her. I am on this site to find out the best clutch for this 6 speed I have. All the while I was driving it, I could feel how wimpy the clutch really was. I just had to tell my story and I urge you to respond by telling what heavy duty clutch I should get. Adios Amigos!:(
 

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Sorry, to hear you are having clutch problems. Well, it maybe not as bad as you think; if the clutch pedal went to the floor, then it would possibly be just the hydraulic aspect of the clutch system (master cylinder failure). You need to get the problem diagnosed; if it is a master cylinder failure, it shouldn't be too expensive to replace. If it is the clutch itself; obviously, the whole transmission needs to come out.

For example; the clutch master cylinder from Volkswagen, is listed @ $320

Volkswagen National eStore

CLUTCH / HYDRAULIC SYSTEM / HYDRAULIC SYSTEM / MASTER CYLINDER
1K0721388AA - MASTER CYLINDER
Beetle $320.25

Online, sources; are listed at about $230:

https://www.google.com/search?q=1K0...i57.517j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8

In that case; it would need to be replaced and the system bled.

When did you purchase the vehicle and who sold it to you?

You might contact Volkswagen Customer Relations and see what they can do for you; you never know, they may pay for the whole thing as a customer satisfaction repair. I would emphasize; the low milage, your brand loyalty and your personal financial situation at the present time.

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Good luck; let us know what Volkswagen Customer Relations has to say. If you end up being on your own with the repairs; let us know, maybe someone in your area can recommend a shop to do the repairs. Keep us in the loop; as your situation moves along..
 

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Yes, contact VW about this. Your car is way too new to have this happen! :mad:
 

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Sounds like the previous owner didn't know how to drive stick or they thought it was a race car and possibly burnt it up good. Either way shouldn't be anywhere near like what you're describing for only having 19k on it.
 

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Sorry, to hear you are having clutch problems. Well, it maybe not as bad as you think; if the clutch pedal went to the floor, then it would possibly be just the hydraulic aspect of the clutch system (master cylinder failure). You need to get the problem diagnosed; if it is a master cylinder failure, it shouldn't be too expensive to replace. If it is the clutch itself; obviously, the whole transmission needs to come out.

For example; the clutch master cylinder from Volkswagen, is listed @ $320

Volkswagen National eStore

CLUTCH / HYDRAULIC SYSTEM / HYDRAULIC SYSTEM / MASTER CYLINDER
1K0721388AA - MASTER CYLINDER
Beetle $320.25

Online, sources; are listed at about $230:

https://www.google.com/search?q=1K0...i57.517j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8

In that case; it would need to be replaced and the system bled.

When did you purchase the vehicle and who sold it to you?

You might contact Volkswagen Customer Relations and see what they can do for you; you never know, they may pay for the whole thing as a customer satisfaction repair. I would emphasize; the low milage, your brand loyalty and your personal financial situation at the present time.

VW Owner’s Customer CARE

You can give us a call or send us an email. Either way, VW customer service is easy to reach.
1-800-822-8987
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. LOCAL
Monday – Friday

Contact Us

Good luck; let us know what Volkswagen Customer Relations has to say. If you end up being on your own with the repairs; let us know, maybe someone in your area can recommend a shop to do the repairs. Keep us in the loop; as your situation moves along..
Well, it's a done deal. The whole damn shooting match was shot, 1300 bucks! VW did not do squat with me. You have to have the work done at a VW garage. Well, I cannot afford 100 bucks an hour work so I took the home boy route and it was still 1300 bucks. I had to borrow it of course. Thanks for your input!
 

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So, what exactly was wrong, what did you replaced and who did the work? Was $1300; parts and labor? While, I am sorry about what happened; I am glad, you got it fixed! Are you able to drive the car now? Let us know; the details. Dealing with Volkswagen; can be frustrating and you never know, if they will help or not, as I said... it is worth a try.
 

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I'm not entirely surprised they didn't do squat. There are to many things one can do that will easily ruin a clutch for them to be warrantied.
 

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To all who expressed sympathy and advice. I borrowed the money 1300 to pay for the repair at the local shop Riverside Auto Repair. Then I sent the bill and an explanation to VW with little hope. They told me up front I had nothing coming because I had the repair done at a non VW place. Well, it would have cost 2600 if I took it to VW. I just went deeper in debt. Maybe I will get lucky and die soon and leave all the debt to my kids, They never call or email me anyway so screw 'em!
 
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