Question about 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
The trunk does not open anymore. It's a new beetle cabrio 2004 and does not have a manual override button or keyhole on the trunk.
From the inside it's very hard to get to the lock, I only have the ski opening.
Does anyone know what to do?
I checked all fuses but they seem to be ok.
I was looking for a solution but found none. Here is what happened. I opened my trunk and wound up pulling on a little red plug that will open the trunk. The red plug pulled loose in my hand. The cord on the red plug snapped in half. What I did not know was that there was a small plastic clip that had pulled loose. The clip connected the various releases (remote, door switch, and inside the trunk handle) to the actual latch.
Here is what I did. First I removed the back seat and the frame to the hole that goes back to the trunk (this is a convertible). The bottom of the seat pulled up and had a rod connected to the car. I pulled the rod out of the hole and slipped the other side off. Next I removed the head rests off (they popped up and off). I used an hex wrench (I think 8mm). There were three bolts on the bottom of the seat back. The seat back then comes out. The frame has 4 or 5 more hex bolts. Now the hard part. I was able to reach in and remove a screw under the handle release. Then I pulled out the plastic inside cover to the trunk, enough to reach a small rod that extended up from the trunk latch. This released the trunk, allowing me to repair everything. I replaced the plastic plug cord with a metal cable (this time wrapped around the metal arm of the trunk release). I put the little plastic connector back on (it did not break, just popped loose). Now everything works great again.
Posted on Jul 24, 2010
New Beetle use low quality push button switches,
As a quick fix,you can swap the gas door switch to trunk switch until you can order the new switch from the dealer.
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
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