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Window track My 2003 convertible rear passenger window has come off track. How do I access to repair?

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  • ltr_allen Aug 14, 2008

    Both of my rear windows in my 2003 New Beetle convertible have fallen and will not roll back up. I heard a crack and then it has fallen, or when it is rolled and then we roll it back down it will go up half way and fall back down. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!

  • stevenjetton Aug 27, 2008

    My 04 new beetle conv also has a problem with the passenger side rear window working. When I push the switch it just grinds and will not move. I need to find out how to get into and if anyone has a solution.

  • pixcasey Sep 02, 2008

    2003 same problem with window rear passenger side. I think it's a lemon. Ever since we bought this thing it's been one thing after another. Tail light, head light, water leaks in passenger door and now the window when engaged in the upward motion stops halfway up and proceeds to engage downward only it never goes all the way up! 


    I'm about done with spending money after this piece of junk! Buy American they said and so I will! 


    Lemon law should apply here!

  • lisabo Sep 03, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 2003 convertible beetle rear window. It started grinding and then dropped. Do I need to buy a part for it and if so, where should I buy it?

  • Anonymous Sep 10, 2008

    This just happened to me this week! I have been told the it will cost $500 min. :( He sounded like he hears it a lot. Do I have to get it fixed at a VW place or might it be worth getting it done somewhere else?

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I do not recommend this job unless you are a seasoned mechanic, VW dealership charges $1000 for a reason. They almost earn it on this one. but heres how it's done or how I did it any way. the complete job took me 4 hours and I been at this for 30 years. But a lot of this time was figuring out how it came apart. First, drop the top, pull up on seat bottom and remove it, remove center panel, remove 3 allen bolts at bottom on seat back and remove. headrests, they just pull off, raise top just enough to make hinged panels flip up. remove nut at top rear corner of side panel. you can see the back side of the nut and bolt it is on from the panels that flip up. Remove Nylon push lock rivet where seat belt goes through panel on rear, top, corner. Pull out on panel to release it, there is 5 or 6 nylon locks that just pull out of holes in the body. It will sound like your breaking it when the locks pop loose, or mine did. then lift to gain access to remove seat belt bolts and unplug flip panel motors. remove cable end from its clip. Pull seat belts through panel. Set panel a side. remove torx head bolt around oval panel that speaker is mounted on. unplug speaker and regulator and pull wire harness thru hole. remove 2 allen and 5 hex bolts at top where window would come out if it worked. pull up on plate and move rubber window seal to the side to remove plate. remove 2 nuts at bottom of regulator and one about half way up towards front, lift regulator and window up through top to gain access to 3 nuts that hold window to regulator, from the top lift window out first then regulator. Reverse to assemble it.

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