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2001 VW Beetle electrical problems

I have a 2001 VW Beetle GLS that I purchased new. It has 167,000 miles and have NEVER had any problems until recently! My mechanic said it has an electrical problem & need to take it to a dealer. The EPC light is on and also a red brake light and it beeps when I'm driving it. It seems to think the emergency brake is on, but it isn't. Sometimes it starts, sometimes it don't. It usually won't start after it has rained. The engine light is also on and sometimes other lights come on and go off. Do you have any idea what this could be? It sounds expensive and I've already spent about $1,000 on it here recently fixing other problems it had. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!!!

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  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    I had just installed a new radio and now the emergency brake and the epc something light is on and it won't turn off, and when I drive it beeps.

  • christianbri Oct 11, 2008

    keeps blowing number 10 fuse we have multiple electrical problems dealing with wipers headlights blower motor and no start

  • rocketgurl Dec 12, 2008

    I have a 2001 Bettle that has been problem after problem - and yet I love it (it's a dysfunctional relationship). It wouldn't start and had strange electrical and other issues for a long time. I finally went to a mechanic (where it is right now) who said that it probably needs to be "reset" because of battery problems. Our lovely cars basically bleed electricity even while not running and we need a high quality battery or something to handle it. However I don't know what it means. He said it is that when the battery has caused so many problems to the car that the there's this "VW adaptation" that needs to be "reset" 50% of the time. What is that?

  • granniesbug Jan 04, 2009

    my car is haunted!!! She starts sometimes for weeks, then doesn't every other day! I have spent $1600.00 trying to figure it out. We have narrowed it down to maybe a electrical/security issue. The car thinks it is being stolen when you put the key in so it shuts immediately. I also blow #10 fuse alot, and when I open my hatchback that sometimes will trigger the start/no start problem. HELP....I just want to sell it and move on. Any suggestions. thanks. 2001 vw bug

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    my vw beetle has a problem with headlights blower morot and turn signals not working all at once

  • granniesbug May 11, 2010

    what is a G force sensor and what is it function.? thanks



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That's so crazzzy mann.. I have 2001 also and my EPC light is on and it also doesnt start all the time...Now my break lights are out and they say its electrical... My head light is also out and the dealership charges $60.00 to replace $5.00 a light ....Solution never buy VOLKSWAGONS! They have made these cars to where only the dealerships can fix them and charges these high labor cost!

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  • btaylor715 Nov 27, 2011

    Going through this right now and I just lost my job...why me lol!



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SOURCE: Brake light

Usually it means the handbrake is pulled up while you are driving the car. Have you noticed the car just isn't as zippy as it should be, or a hot smell from the rear of the car when exiting, or overly hot brake pads? Those are signs the brake is engaged.

If that is not the case then it could be a malfunction of the indicator. In either case it should be looked into as an engaged emergency brake can turn into a brake or rotor job if it's not addressed.

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SOURCE: 2001 beetle. epc light on. car won't start.

It sounds like your alternator is not charging. You may want to have it tested and replace/rebuild it if necessary. Many times the problem is that the brushes are worn in the alternator and it stops charging correctly. The brushes are usually attached to the voltage regulator and are replaceable if you have the parts and skill. You can also replace the voltage regulator/brush assembly as a unit.

Many parts stores will test your alternator for free.

If you need more help, post a comment.



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