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I am an attorney who recently purchased a 2006 New Beetle convertible 2.5 auto with about 76K miles from a used car dealer [not a VW dealer], Salsa Red with Cream colored top and Cream and Black interior. I have two issues of concern, and am curious whether anyone is aware of, or has considered legal action brought against VW for the following:

Melted Crayon Smell: At the time of purchase I noticed a peculiar smell inside the cabin, which I attributed to the car sitting in the sun with the top up and the windows closed. I thought all the car needed was airing out. I was wrong. The smell persists. I have now learned from other Forum members this is a widespread problem with various year model VW's. The smell has been given the name the "melted crayon" smell and is caused by the under carpet insulation in VW's. It cannot be removed without major and costly R&R of the entire interior and dash.

Sticky/Melted Interior Surfaces: many of the black interior plastic parts of my car have started to melt and have a very sticky feel that is very difficult to remove. I have noticed other Forum members have reported the same issue.

These problems appear to be design defects that not only reduce the value of the vehicle but possibly pose health hazards.

I would be interested in hearing just how many other VW owners have experienced these problems. I propose to use this thread to as a starting point to learn more.
 

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not aware of any legal action(s) being brought against VW for model years 1998-2010. the melted crayon smell and nasty soft touch surfaces are well known New Beetle "issues"...and that information has always been readily available at Newbeetle.org and other VW forums.

Never had the melted crayon smell in my 2001 NB. Like many other owners, I'm gradually getting rid of the soft touch...removing the soft touch coatings and painting the surfaces, and further personalizing my Beetle.

From my perspective as a long-time NB owner and non-attorney, I think it would be a stretch to take this to litigation based on a perceived design defect or potential health hazard.

If you are inclined to take that step, have at it, and best of luck.
 

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Just for your FYI: litigation, legal action and resolution has already been done on:

1. water ingress issues

2. key replacement costs/issues

Attempted:

3. fuse box on top of battery; I think it was thrown out.

There are quite a few VW Mark IV/Beetle issues; that post GM recalls, would seem like VW could step up on the plate on, e.g. hvac controller failure/fires, ignition switch/wiring melting, etc. and 02M six speed 1st gear fork failures, clutches, dual mass flywheels, trans valve bodies, window regulators, door lock modules, etc, plus, many other problems that plague these cars. I will not hold my breath; VW doesn't seem to address issues with older vehicles. I guess; if you could find issues, that could cause bodily harm or provable death, you might have a case?
 

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Despite the melted crayon smell and nasty soft touch surfaces,we love our Beetles. You'd have better luck convincing your kids to hang Santa Clause.:crazy:
 

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If you change the cabin air filter under the passenger side dash panels with one with activated carbon in it the smell will be less.

As far as the sticky soft touch finish on the plastic pieces all of the cars that used that junk have the same problem. (yes even the 200,000 dollar ferrari's have the exact same problem with the soft touch finish). There is a guy in Naples who specialises in refinishing ferrari interiors to get ride of the stickiness.

There are thraeds on this site about changing the cabin air filters and the many ways people have cleaned off the soft touch finish.

All problems aside they are fun little cars, Welcome to the org.
 

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I am perplexed by this crayon thing! My 2001 has a certain smell, but I love it -- it is almost like a new car smell. Is that what everyone is talking about?

Don't forget that the original Beetles has a certain odour too - and it was equally wonderful.

I hate the sticky plastic though. One day I hope to get that fixed...
 

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Legal action?! Let us know how that goes.:p

The peeling dash is easily fixed - paint it or have a shop do it for you. I doubt that's a "health issue". The crayon smell...yeah probably not good for the body, but eat an extra carrot or something every day. :D
 

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I am an attorney who recently purchased a 2006 New Beetle convertible 2.5 auto with about 76K miles from a used car dealer [not a VW dealer], Salsa Red with Cream colored top and Cream and Black interior. I have two issues of concern, and am curious whether anyone is aware of, or has considered legal action brought against VW for the following:

Melted Crayon Smell: At the time of purchase I noticed a peculiar smell inside the cabin, which I attributed to the car sitting in the sun with the top up and the windows closed. I thought all the car needed was airing out. I was wrong. The smell persists. I have now learned from other Forum members this is a widespread problem with various year model VW's. The smell has been given the name the "melted crayon" smell and is caused by the under carpet insulation in VW's. It cannot be removed without major and costly R&R of the entire interior and dash.

Sticky/Melted Interior Surfaces: many of the black interior plastic parts of my car have started to melt and have a very sticky feel that is very difficult to remove. I have noticed other Forum members have reported the same issue.

These problems appear to be design defects that not only reduce the value of the vehicle but possibly pose health hazards.

I would be interested in hearing just how many other VW owners have experienced these problems. I propose to use this thread to as a starting point to learn more.
Given that your car is nearly 10, and given that these issues date back to 1998, if there was to be a lawsuit it would have already occurred. I'm getting class action notices on the 05.5/05 BRM TDI Jetta camshaft fiasco (sold the car before it happened, but since I bought one new I'm entitled to compensation IF I paid to replace a faulty camshaft). At this time, it's called character....not everyone likes the character of this car, and that's OK. Not everyone likes the character of a Camry, either.
 

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Seriously? :screwy: :roflmao:

It's not like they're brand new cars. After time cars get old and things like the dash get nasty. Sure the crayon smell isn't something that develops over time but regardless. VW isn't the only German car to have the crayon smell either, I've heard about others as well, just maybe not as prominent as the Mk4. I think you would have a hard time proving it causes cancer or something like that.
 

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I believe the crayon smell only applies to mexican built VW's... not just the beetles, but any mk4. I have yet to find a german built mk4 that smells like crayons.

As said a million times above... the soft touch issue applies to all cars with soft touch, not just VW.

If you don't like the car, then sell it. Matter settled. If you did some research on the cars before you bought them then you would have known to expect these things.
 

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I believe the crayon smell only applies to mexican built VW's... not just the beetles, but any mk4. I have yet to find a german built mk4 that smells like crayons.
I've heard of some non VWs that have a slight crayon smell but I don't know that it's anywhere near the Mk4. My 04 didn't have any but the 03 I just got has a little bit. I test drove a 01 that smelled like a crayon factory.
 

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my 03 vert was a crayola factory. my '06 hard top had no smell. my 06 vert smells heavily of crayons. however, i did the crayola tour and experience in march, and the '06 vert smells more like crayons than the crayola factory. lol
 

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It really is interesting to smell the differences between cars haha. My '99 Beetle didn't smell like crayons at all. But my husband's Jetta has a very strong crayon smell. My GTI was made in Brazil so no smell there either :)
 

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New Car Smell

My 2013 TDI Beetle smelled like Bratwurst Tacos and Beer. Go figure?

Silly Pettifogger
 

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I had a 2001 that had that smell and it was awful. Now with my 2006 and 2008 I didn't have that smell at all. I currently have a 2012 beetle and 2012 Passat and they smell great! Lol
 
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