Volkswagen named in class action over fuse box/alternator cable assembly

Volkswagen

The complaint against Volkswagen was brought on behalf of Florida residents who purchased and/or leased a Volkswagen vehicle for personal,family or household use, which vehicle had or currently has a defective fuse box/alternator cable electrical system that melted or burned, or is at risk of melting or burning, thereby causing or threatening to cause the vehicle to lose power while underway in traffic or to catch fire.

The vehicles affected include (a) the 2003-2005 New Beetle Convertible, nd the 1999-2005 New Beetle (the “Vehicles”)

As alleged in the complaint, the failure of the fuse box/alternator cable assemblies is not a result of normal wear and tear or a reasonably expected failure rate for new parts, but is a basic design defect that existed at the time of manufacture of each vehicle and is believed to be related to the current carrying capacity of one or more components of the assemblies.

By complaints of its customers, both directly and through its dealers, Volkswagen was on notice that the fuse box/alternator cable assemblies were defective and not fit for their intended purpose of properly and effectively distributing electrical charge to the battery and power to other systems Volkswagen actively concealed and/or failed to notify the public of the existence and nature of said defects or of the possible safety issues presented by the defects Volkswagen has not recalled the Vehicles to repair the defects, it has not offered to repair the defects to its customers free of charge, and it has not offered to reimburse owners, present or past, who incurred costs relating to system repairs.

Plaintiffs allege that Volkswagen is responsible and liable for the costs of inspecting and replacing the defective fuse box/alternator cable assemblies.

View a copy of the complaint here: Volkswagen

Tracy W. said
594 days ago
2003 Beetle with the exact problem. Melting fuse box due to faulty alternator wire connection to box.


vincent m. said
585 days ago
Just had mine melt today.


Istvan K. said
564 days ago
2004 Beetle same issues.


Susan R. said
562 days ago
2000 VW Bettle Turbo same issues


Susan R. said
562 days ago
replaced my fuse box 3 times in the last three years 3 now today has melted again


elizabeth f. said
550 days ago
My 2005 convertible beetle has had nothing but problems ALL mostly centered around.electrical problems.


elizabeth f. said
550 days ago


wayne c. said
486 days ago
Quit on highway here in Canada with the same problem leaving my family in harms way. Had to be towed. 2003 Beetle. Shame. shame, shame on you VW. Take a lesson from Toyota and face up to your responsibilities.


Maryam D. said
471 days ago
My 2006 beetle shut down with all electrical mufunctioning. This morning at VW dealer, they told me a piece on top of the fuse box has melted and it is not safe to drive my car. It will cost me 800 dollars to replace.


Felisha G. said
470 days ago
I have a 2003 VW Beetle The alternator wire is burnt and keeps burning out the fuse that it's connected to. and my car will start shutting off in the middle of traffic. I have had to replace the fuse 3 times already.


Casey F. said
457 days ago
I'm having the same problems, with battery drain and certain electrical systems failing. The fuse box and fuse are completely melted on the alternator wire side of the box


Kirk I. said
456 days ago
My daughters just bought a used 2003 New VW, same problem 3 days into owning it. Need to find a fix for this before car catches on fire, anyone have a link to the repair? Please send it to kai38tx@gmail.com


Krystal S. said
455 days ago
2009 VW Jetta with melted fuse box. Only has 28,000 miles on it. Out of warranty last May. Caused my headlights and other bulbs to malfunction. Filed a claim with VW.


Isabel A. said
433 days ago
I have a 2005 VW Jetta with the same problem. Please let me know if this applies to Jetta's as well. Thanks!!


Wendy C. said
432 days ago
I have the same issue with a 2002 new beetle.replaced alt wire and fuse box and now same electrical issues are happening


Run Zhang S. said
431 days ago
2009 VW Jetta with melted fuse box. Has 24,000 miles and it out of warranty for 8 months. Caused right side headlight out. VW dealer charged $320 for fuse box plus $200 for labor! Design and/or faulty fuse problem highly suspected. The fuse is supposed to prevent overheating in the first place.


Tavara V. said
429 days ago
I have a 2005 Beetle convertible. The alternator wear just pulled right out of the fuse box where it had corroded and melted down.


Angie R. said
384 days ago
Replaced with new alternator and fuse box and still smoking


Paula B. said
384 days ago
Waiting as I write this to see how outrageous the cost of the fix is? I have a second hand 2001 Beetle whose fuse box just melted.
Is there anyway to make Volkswagen pay for these costs?


Roger L. said
382 days ago
2002 New Beetle on 3 times in past 2 1/2 months wife wpuld be driving and lose power kill batt would have towed at a cost of $200 VW dealer could not find codes to see issue but once Batt dies all codes go to default I will not let my wife drive this car in fear that she may get harmed or worse


Tamera W. said
371 days ago
Mine burnt out yesterday.....


Jasmine B. said
364 days ago
I have a 2003 VW Jetta, just had the same problem, fuse box burnt out, replaced it and it too was defective had to take my car back to the shop they had to replace the fuse box they had installed 2 days earlier, also had to replace the alternator, cost me $690. Now my car is over heating!


Jasmine B. said
364 days ago


Teresa J. said
360 days ago
My VW 2005 Beetle Convertible had no problems until yesterday, it just stopped running. My grandson in the back seat said he smelled something burning. When the car came to a stop, I saw smoke coming out from under the hood, but the most impressive thing was that a large brown area began to form on the hood, which quickly moved across the hood, melting the paint off first, then melting all of the internal parts, and ending with the dashboard, which was extinguished by the fire department. Me and my 2 grandchildren got out of the car, without injury. The fire department had to drill 2 holes in the hood just to get the hood open. They cut out the battery and all of the wires. Obviously this car is toast, literally. None of the electrical parts were working so we had to work from the inside to get the trunk open, and luckily all of my papers from the glove box. Besides the burning of the front of the car, there was fire shooting out from under the car. I have owned 2
VW , one the beetle, one the Passat (which had it's own set of problems that
VW refused to acknowledge, flooding of the back floorboards, etc). As much as I love my Bug, just don't know if it is worth the trouble to go back to this company. So disappointed, and frankly still reeling from the traumatic experience of putting me and my grandchildren in such danger over something that they are responsible for.


Kathy S. said
352 days ago


Michael B. said
349 days ago
The problem is actually the Alternator wire... It is made with a metal that becomes resistant after time and heats up, causing the melt down at the fuse box. After my second fuse box, I replaced the alternator wire. I bought a copper wire and attached ends on it and re routed the wire from the alternator to the fuse box. The wire cost about $15.00 dollars compared to $120.00 for a Volkswagen alternator wire harness. Since doing this, I have had no problems.


Michael B. said
349 days ago
By the way mine is a 2003 VW Beetle turbo s.


DENNIS H. said
348 days ago
FUSE BOX/FUSE HOLDER ABOVE BATTERY MELTED..


Bill S. said
348 days ago
May 10, 2013 !999 VW Beetle= Fuse box melted today cause cooling fans not to work. Causing engine to over heat. VW wants $149.35 for new fuse box. Any one know of a after market part? Does anyone know if VW is paying for this?


Rob M. said
345 days ago
This has happened twice to me with my 2003 beetle.


Gerald d. said
342 days ago
Same issue here. Car can't be driven now due to the cooling fans being inoperable now. :( 99 Beetle 2.0L


chris b. said
342 days ago
My daughters 2005 convertible had the fuse panel melt down as well on May 8th 2013 while she is away at college. It left her stranded which is scary for a young girl at college.


scott j. said
336 days ago
same here burned fuse box... Tees me off bad, will never buy another VW.


michele n. said
333 days ago
2003 beetle melted fuses box a/c not blowing cols


javib c. said
332 days ago
Same issue on 2000 beetle


michele n. said
332 days ago


Angelia T. said
325 days ago
I have the same exact problem and thus far cost over $1700 and still not fixed.


Mike W. said
322 days ago
2009 VW Jetta GLI, 44K, All Pass Side exterior lights went out. CAUSE: 30A fuse in power distribution module shorted out and melted the plastic fuse holder. Car needed a new module with labor, total repair cost $622.10. Another unexpected bill like this and it's trade-in time!


Douglas C. said
318 days ago
I am still having problems with my 1999 New Beetle Volkswagen.


Andy C. said
318 days ago
2004 Jetta 1.8 Turbo , lost power to accelerator on Tuesday twice just a few seconds then power came and was okay. Yesterday ,DAY of my son's field trip in the bus loop car starts to sputter and I'm getting odd indicator lights popped the hood and smoke. Went back and pulled the key. Conductor leaving fuse block had got red hot and burned the insulation off the cable. Terminal landing points inside fuse block got so red hot it melted the the fuse block. Which is directly sits on the battery. Called Volkswagen asked about the problem asked if there has been a recall, they stated no or any bulletins no . They wanted my Vin #,how long we owned the vehicle. Then I asked has this ever happened to this vehicle before I was told they can't give me that information???


Andy C. said
318 days ago
2004 Jetta 1.8 Turbo , lost power to accelerator on Tuesday twice just a few seconds then power came and was okay. Yesterday ,DAY of my son's field trip in the bus loop car starts to sputter and I'm getting odd indicator lights popped the hood and smoke. Went back and pulled the key. Conductor leaving fuse block had got red hot and burned the insulation off the cable. Terminal landing points inside fuse block got so red hot it melted the the fuse block. Which is directly sits on the battery. Called Volkswagen asked about the problem asked if there has been a recall, they stated no or any bulletins no . They wanted my Vin #,how long we owned the vehicle. Then I asked has this ever happened to this vehicle before I was told they can't give me that information???


stephanie p. said
316 days ago
I have the same problem. I have contacted VW with complaints, but that was a waste of time. I'm really concerned about safety with 2 kids if it happens again!


David M. said
316 days ago
My 19 year old daughter just bought a 2004 Beetle convertible. On a number of occasions someone noticed a burning smell including tonight when she picked me up from work. The black wire on the terminal / fuse block above the battery was very hot and starting to melt the fuse box where it penetrates.
Checked the tightness and no problem there. Going to follow the lead of an earlier response and replace that alternator wire with a new piece of stranded copper of the same guage / thickness. Hope it works out. She was leaving for Tennessee in the morning (from Chicago) but I had to put the brakes on her trip....at least with that car. Now she is driving our Suburban down. Good luck feeding that pig with gas!


amber s. said
315 days ago
I have a 99 bug and have replaced the fuse box 3 times and it melted again after only being in the car for 1 day but I found the box on Amazon and eBay for around $23 so I'm buying another one and going to replace the wire this time and see what happens


DONNIE K. said
315 days ago
Same melted black wire and fuse. Had to replace batteryand cable.


Eric L. said
312 days ago
New battery and alternator. Abs and esr light comes on and my car will stall. Will not restart again without a jump. Stalled tonight on a narrow, dark, winding road on the way home from work. Not very happy about almost getting rear ended. Very hot black wire in the fuse box/harness above the battery.


Ryan C. said
309 days ago
My daughter has a 2004 Beetle Convertible that broke down while at night on a busy freeway require a tow truck to come get her. It took over 2 hours to get to her because of the heavy dangerous traffic. Thinking that it is time everyone here call the NTSB and make a formal complaint to get VW to force a recall to repair this problem and pay for any and all past repairs and resulting other electrical issue that arise from the design flaw and safety issue on the part of VW. They should be sued and made o pay everyone back and have damages added to the claims and pay a nice hefty penalty to all the victims of the VW problems


Ryan C. said
309 days ago
My daughter has a 2004 Beetle Convertible that broke down while at night on a busy freeway require a tow truck to come get her. It took over 2 hours to get to her because of the heavy dangerous traffic. Thinking that it is time everyone here call the NTSB and make a formal complaint to get VW to force a recall to repair this problem and pay for any and all past repairs and resulting other electrical issue that arise from the design flaw and safety issue on the part of VW. They should be sued and made o pay everyone back and have damages added to the claims and pay a nice hefty penalty to all the victims of the VW problems


Matt D. said
309 days ago
My daughters 2000 beetle is in the shop for the exact same thing, melted fuse box. Luckily just the a/c and cooling fans stopped working and the whole car didn't stall on the side of the road.


Jeff K. said
308 days ago
2003 VW Beetle 1.8t Convertible - 3 fuse boxes melted in the last 9 months, going to replace the alternator wire today with a heavier guage (4AWG). This is proven to solve the issue.


Wayne S. said
308 days ago
I'm about to replace my second fuse box. Does VW take any responsibility for this on going problem? I will look into changing the alternators cable that I see others have done. Is this an easy fix?


Wayne S. said
308 days ago
I'm about to replace my second fuse box. Does VW take any responsibility for this on going problem? I will look into changing the alternators cable that I see others have done. Is this an easy fix?


Chris M. said
304 days ago
I have the same problem/failure on my 1999 VW Beetle 2.0. The 150 amp fuse melted the fuse box and connection where the alternator wire connects to the fuse box. I'm replacing the alternator to fuse box cable along with a new fuse box. The dealer said the cable is no longer available for the 1999 model, I found a online source for the cable at "innovativewiring.com" and a fuse box on ebay. My cable measured 48" long. This problem has been on going with this car and finally left my daughter stranded.


steve d. said
302 days ago
Hello, its 6/25/13 VW beetle 2001 tdi, this would be my third fuse box, I have the abs, radiator fan ,brake light , a/c not cold at all and a burning alternator black wire burning from the fuse box . Due to the fuse box heating up it caused to have no contact to my fuses causing my abs, a/c, radiator fan to not work , I replaced it , now everything works , butt still the alternator black wire is burning hot. Ill be taking it in to a VW specialist to change fuse box, alternator harness wire, plus a new alternator , costing $1300. let you guys know if this solve the problem , it should.


Fynis B. said
300 days ago
Just had wife's 2001 Sport Turbo Serviced. Tech showed us wire from alternator to Fuse box has been hot and color of wire has changed. Recommend we replace wire and fuse box for cost of $490.00 I was wondering why they would check this obscure area for a problem, now I know why. Thanks for the information


Mayo f. said
298 days ago
2002 Beetle 2.0 installed this week and generator wire heating up again


chuck h. said
297 days ago
i have an 04 beetle convertible turbo. i just replace the alternator and it still won't charge the battery. i looked online and checked the fuse box on top of the battery. sure as heck, the main lead is burned. i am having problems now just finding the part. is this now a recall item the dealership will fix?


chuck h. said
297 days ago
i have an 04 beetle convertible turbo. i just replace the alternator and it still won't charge the battery. i looked online and checked the fuse box on top of the battery. sure as heck, the main lead is burned. i am having problems now just finding the part. is this now a recall item the dealership will fix?


Ed C. said
295 days ago
Replacing a melted fuse box in my daughters 2003 beetle.


Norma F. said
294 days ago
I have a 2001 & 2003 bug. 01 is great, the 03 - lights, horn, wipers inside dome just quite, car passed by me w/very loud pipes & everything went out. got the tail lights, brake lights to work, nothing else. I have looked at my fuse box, nothing melted that I can see.


Jackie D. said
292 days ago
I have a 2001 VW Beetle and my fusible link melted which caused me to get a new fuse box. The total cost was over $300!


Mario M. said
291 days ago
Damn! I have the same problem. 2005 Beetle Turbo convertable. Also, the back windows broke again! This is a shameful piece of machinery. All should be recalled and fixed or exchanged.


Louise S. said
290 days ago
2004 Turbo Beetle Convertible - bad alternator burned wire and fuse box. $1,050 to repair all three. Ridiculous and I'm angry.


Tim O. said
286 days ago
yup...going through it now. have a 2003 Jetta 1.8 turbo with 155k on it and the box melted...only the black cable. Just replaced it and charged the battery 2 days ago. Daughters car...she just called me this afternoon to tell me it's happening again. Not happy. I found the box on rockauto.com for $27 bucks. Easy fix...if it works.


said
283 days ago
My alternator went out on my 2009 jetta , the mechanic said i need a new fusable link?? So he put a direct wire with a 60 fuse connected it straight to the battery to bypass it?? I don't understand why the alternator could cause that?? I'm having same problems as everyone? Do I need a new fuse box??or what can I do??


Susan F. said
282 days ago
Same issues with a 2004 turbo convertible. Just replaced the fuse box on June 25 and it is burned out again, less than 3 weeks later. The box is under warranty, but not the labor, the towing or the cost to replace the wire which I would guess is the next step. Daughter had small accident when all power went out in the car. Thankfully, she was in the neighborhood and going at a very slow rate of speed at the time. Unbelievable to read so many people are having the same issue!


Candace W. said
282 days ago
Replaced fuse box July 2012 and 1 time June 2013 and July 2013. Now again. Very frustrated. 2003 vw convertible turbo.


Martha G. said
282 days ago
2004 Beetle has had the fuse box over the battery replaced three times and the last time we also replaced the black cable but the damage has been done. The electrical issues due to the fuse box and cable are numerous. Have spent over $ 1800.00 in last year just trying to make car reliable. Cannot get check engine light to stay off due to constant electrical failures and car sometimes just stops running even while driving. Can anyone please help ? I don't know what to do anymore. I am literally paying for a car that we are terrified to drive. I will never ever buy a VW again.


David Z. said
282 days ago
2003 Beetle Turbo S - same issue. Just replaced battery and alternator and 2 days later the fuse box has a melt down. Paid to have it towed to mechanic who now says I need to take to dealer. Great another towing bill. More than upset!


alice k. said
282 days ago
I have a 2004 new beetle, it looses power while I'm driving it kicks back on real quick, but its like someone has turned it off for like one one thousandth of a second. It's kind of scary. Especially driving down the highway. Now its overheating like crazy I don't get ten blocks down the road and the red light comes on and the over flow boils over to empty. I'm pretty ticked off as this is my only means of transportation


Rita W. said
280 days ago
Having a new fuse box installed now on my 1999 new beetle, over $300 and I've only owned it a month :(


tom b. said
278 days ago
1999 Beetle. 2 Liter. Ahhh yes...I love the smell of burning plastic in the evening. Especially 2 days after surgery. Car overheating. Pulled over immediately. Waterfall running out from under the reservoir bottle location. Let it cool off enough so I could drive/to make it to a water source. Refilled, no leaks. Fan fuse (30 Amp) and its slot melted, car overheated/ overheats due to non-functioning cooling fan(turning on the AC will run both fans preventing overheating)(for now). Going to the VW dealer Monday morning. Stay tuned for part 2.


Brand H. said
276 days ago
I bought my daughter a 2003 turbo s with 42,000 miles last year. I love most aspects of our bug. We have had multiple electrical issue most minor. I found out through many hours of looking for a short in the wiring to the tail lights and brake lights that I will never buy bulbs anywhere but Car Quest. We purchased bulbs at Wal Mart and Napa in both cases we had purchased faulty bulbs at both stores. I found out through a mechanic C Q sells higher quality bulbs. V W dealership charged $78 and changed the wrong socket, and gave my wife a print out of misc. repairs that would cost $2,313. Not one single repair was necessary luckily she called me I told them to fix the tail lights which they charged for but failed to fix. Yesterday the alt. went out, fuse box was hot minor melt down fixed the box myself. Thanks guys I will replace the cable and, do the work myself and save a few hundred.


said
276 days ago
I'm now on my 3rd fuse box for my wife 2005 vw beetle GL 2005. they do have after marked part online , it will cause 20$ to 30$ bucks my suggestion order two and they do come with warranties. I'm changing my alternator wire this time hopefully it works better.


Dayana F. said
276 days ago
Just bought my bug 3 weeks ago and already changed out the melted fuse box. Wires behind the radio connecting to the heated seats and hazard lights are also melted.


steve c. said
275 days ago
i work at a repair shop and see this problem often. in the last 6 months i have fixed 2 jettas and 1 bug with similar problems. replaced the fuse box on the bug and replaced the alternator charging cable with a high strand count copper 4 gauge wire. for those of you changing the cable, use one with a high strand count because that means more surface area which means more current. use at least 4 gauge and that will solve the problem. everything on the bug works fine and now its charging correctly with 14 volts at the fuse box.


Michael H. said
274 days ago
Just had to pay $800 to replace a melted fuse box and battery in my 2010 VW Jetta.


Nora l. said
273 days ago
I have a 2002 vw beetle turbo sport and I had my battery fuse box melt on me I was without a car for over a week until we figured out it was that it cost me a new battery, and alternator before I was told it was this battery fuse box which in turn cost more money to fix. Once we got all that done now the fan closet to the air condition isn't working and the ac has stopped working the fuses are all good and when you hook the fan up by it's self it works. I'm so sick of this car. It's been one thing after another. It sits more than it runs because of faulty parts.


TRACY B. said
271 days ago
I have a 2004 vw convertible beetle air was working great and all of a sudden stopped working and sensors came on took it to 2 automechancics which told me there is a law suit against vw for fuse box and wires melting the box so i took it to vw dealer they said $2200 and when the replace box and alternator wire it still will not fix anything.


Alice S. said
268 days ago
My 2005 VW Beetle Convertible fuse box caught on fire and melted recently. This caused my engine to overheat. I had my car to a VW dealership two weeks before and was diagnosed for another repair. I thought this overheating was related. Well, they were not. The dealership fixed an engine coolant temperature switch that I had already had repaired in March and assured me it was not the same part. I found out that it was the same part after the fact and am in the process of figuring that one out! So they told me that my engine was overheating because my thermostat was bad. I couldn't afford to get it repaired there so I took it to a Firestone that could replace it. I had a new thermostat put in. As I'm driving away I see that the AC is not working. I take it to another Firestone a day later. They do some investigating and find that I have a melted fuse in the box on top of the battery. It did in fact catch on fire. Therefore shorting out my electrical somewhere that the fans stopped working to cool the engine etc. So I'm really pissed that the dealership didn't even check the fuses as an issue. They just put it on the list of things I needed repaired and just tell me that's what is the problem. When in fact it was a burned up fuse that caused the whole problem and I spent $500 bux on other things. Now I have to worry that my car is going to catch on fire.!!! I'm waiting to hear back from Volkswagen and my dealership as I type this!


stewart R. said
266 days ago
I bought a used 2003 Beetle Convertible 2 months ago that was not running. How bad could it be I thought.
A few pricey relays had gotten wet and were corroded, as was the raly box connections, so I replaced those and every thing on the dash seemed to light up, running lights wipers cruise control, radio etc seem fine now.
But when I went to start the car? It ran for a second then shut down. Again and again.
I read up and learned there is a factory immobilzer that only the delare can re set. How interesting huh?
So after towing it to, and back from the dealer, they could not reset the keys to match the ECU.
I bought another ECU and sent it away to have the immobilizer erased and it came back Saturday, plugged it in, and the exact same result.

The electrical system on these cars are an abject failure and VW/Bosch know it. Parts and labor are astronomical I think because of the $58 Million and $63 Million dollar class action settlements.

Why does the US Gvy allow these cars in to the country to begin with?

Still have never been able to drive the car....


Susan A. said
260 days ago
I own a 2003 vw beetle, and have had to replace my fuse box as well as the alternator cables. The fuse box melted and we were unaware of it and bought a new battery thinking it was that, then pulled the alternator which the local auto part store said was fine . that whwn we seen the melted part this has been two week of hell trying to get this car back running. :~(


Allan S. said
254 days ago
Fuse box melted causing cooling fans not to operate


terry h. said
252 days ago
2009 tdi jetta, headlight out, then all pass side lights out. Dealer says fuse box underhood is melting and needs replaced. Ridiculous. Ready to get rid of the car.


Robert H. said
249 days ago
My 2005 beetle convertible turbo has melted two fuse boxes. 1st on vacation about 2 months ago. Had to have towed from chattanooga tn to Huntsville al. Replaced fuse box. Four days ago had top down and lights started flashing on dash. Same problem. Melted fuse box. Can't keep replacing I thought vw was going to be a wise investment. Also drivers side front power window regulator went out. Is there a cheaper fix then 450 for window 600 for fuse is and altenator. I


kathy o. said
248 days ago
I have a 2000 vw beetle and ac stoped working snd wires in dash are smoking plx help car not safe to drive


Charles L. said
248 days ago
My 17 y/o daughter called with the 2005 Beetle stalled. I get it home, charge the battery, car runs fine and take it to have the alternator tested, I figured if the battery isn't charging, why not? Getting less than 11 volts, so I swap out alternators, get a full charge and go for a test drive. Car dies just as I am pulling into Autozone, who charges the battery and tests again. Bad battery. Again tonight, car dies with my daughter driving. As frustrated as I was to be out at 1130 PM, it was dark enough that I actually saw the spark through the under hood fuse holder. I had tested for connectivity, which I got at 12.v volts, not the 14v as expected. I too will replace the alternator cable and fuse box.


Jack T. said
246 days ago
How do I join the Class Action suit on this? I have a melted fuse box (Electrical Distribution panel) on my 2004 VW Beetle.


Loretta H. said
245 days ago
Fuse box melted


Kyle N. said
243 days ago
09 jetta tdi (lots of miles though but well cared for) mine melted too. This seems to be a common issue.


stewart R. said
242 days ago
Got my 03 beetle convertible running after 2 months. The electric gas pedal was bad as well.
Neat trick make a car that has electrical complaints galore already and then ad what else? An electric gas pedal that can fail too!
Whats next? Electric Brakes?

woopsie?

does VW actually think that I am going to put my grand children in this car?


Susan R. said
241 days ago
#3 fuse box replaced because it melted and positive cable becoming corroted


Susan R. said
241 days ago
#4 not #3 fuse box sorry


Eric S. said
240 days ago
My Box melted down on August 23, 2013


George H. said
239 days ago
Ac and fan failure today. Fuse and wires very hot


Tara H. said
238 days ago
Fuse box has corrosion and melted fuses and fan blower quit putting out heat or air I have 2 young boys I support and I can't afford to be w/o a vehicle.


Diane E. said
237 days ago
Had the same problem fuse box melted, needed wiring and new alternator, etc. $900


Doris M. said
235 days ago
I am replacing my FOURTH (!) BATTERY AND ALTERNATOR on my 2003 VW Beetle.


Robert L. said
235 days ago
Every one on this site needs to contact vw asap. We need to contact them and let them know how we are dealing with this problem. I not sure about the rest of you,but i sure dont need my daughter stranded or on fire. Lets contact them relentlessly we need to make a stand.


David W. said
234 days ago
I'm having that same issue, I have a 2004vw that I have bought a brand new alternator/fuse box and it still has issues. The fuse box keep getting hot and will cause the alternator to burn out or have a short that is hard to find.


kirsten j. said
232 days ago
I had a problem today one of my fuses melted and the alternator wire shorted out, but I'm driving a 98. I also have a problem that happened the other day. The climate control switch stopped working. I did some research on that and omg there were so many people who had the same problem. Something should be done about that too.


adrian h. said
231 days ago
Replacing the fuse box as soon as it arrives, although from what I have looked up the outcome seems pretty scary since no one seem to really say they permanantly fixed the problem, why are these cars being sold like this!! With the risk of a fire! Whats the point of a fuse if its not going to do what its intended for!? Vw shoukd have to pay and do repairs , not us


Gary C. said
229 days ago
my fuse box found melted today when 2003 TDI would not start


Michael B. said
228 days ago
Fuse box burned up again..... Third time....


Julie N. said
227 days ago
My Daughter's 2004 Beetle has melted fuse box and alternator cable. Dealer wants to charge $1000 to replace battery, fuse box, alternator harness and battery holder. Uh...right. We found all parts for about $240. What can we do so VW will help fix this problem? Can we join the class action suit? What ever happened to the suit?


Lendell M. said
226 days ago
I have a 2000 VW beetle. would like to change the wire. What is the solution?


Craig B. said
225 days ago
I've had the same issue three times. 2004 Beetle Turbo.


Christopher M. said
225 days ago
Smelled something burning while driving, then lights, horn, wipers, signals.. did not work anymore. Burned up cable on top of the battery compartment. Very dangerous. 2002 VW Beetle Turbo.


Gwynne A. said
217 days ago
2002 New Beetle 2 alternators, 2 fuse boxes , now the wiring harness, not a peep out of vw. I've owned nothing but vws since 1984, but now I'm looking in a different direction.


Robert L. said
214 days ago
Just Google "vw fuse box melted" and see the span of years and models this problem covers.


marcelino g. said
208 days ago
I Own A 2002 Vw Beetle Turbo And Had The Same Problem.
Fuse Box Burned Twice Already Since I Bought The Car Eight Month Ago.Now I Had To Replace The Alternator And Its Getting Really Expensive To Own This Car And Just Mainly Afraid That It Would Catch On Fire While My Wife Is Driving It.
I Hope That Vw Does Something About This Problem Soon Before It Cuases A Life By Someone BurNing Inside Of A Car


Bryan G. said
203 days ago
2002 Beetle 2.0 GLS, After replacing my alternator, I'm still having trouble charging battery at full rate. The wire going to alternator gets HOT and the fuse block is deformed and crispy. I hope VW owns up to this soon, always been a VW fan. But I'm too worried to drive my bug farther than I can get towed home.


Robert A. said
202 days ago
I have this same issue, I have replaced 2 fues boxes in my daughter's 2005 Bettle convertable due to fues melts. When the fues holder finlly goes, be careful not to drive in traffic, the car will over heat due to the 2nd cooling fan does not run either.
I have 3 VWs and I think they will be the last due to the issues we have had with the bettle's poor design.


Isaac M. said
196 days ago
2001 VW Bettle 1.8 Turbo, so far I have changed the fuse box twice and today it melted again for the third time, what a shame of company that wont take responsability for this defect that they knew about, not only Chevrolet makes crappy cars, but VW too, I though that German vehicles were top of the line, I guess I was wrong.


Becky J. said
190 days ago
I just took my 2004 VW Beetle Turbo into a dealer last month, had to replace the turbo, a small oil leak and a fuel line. $3,000 later I take it home. Two weeks later, take it back to same dealer because it is hesitates big time accelerating. Hmm, says all they can find is a melted Fuse Block, wants maybe 780.00 to fix. I decided to check the internet to see what a fuse box really cost, and found this site. I am very unhappy, and after finding this, even more unhappy to hear about a company that will not take care of their mistake!!!


Jan K. said
190 days ago
same thing happened to me this week! 2010 2.5L jetta lights started to go out and only half of them worked. Took it to the dealer they told me it'll be $500 for the new fuse box and labor! My car has 43k on it, and obviously I'm not the only one with this problem! I contacted vw care, now I'm playing the waiting game!


Jeff W. said
172 days ago
02 New Beetle new battery same burnt cable in fuse box above battery something drains the battery overnight as long as I disconnect the + cable battery holds charge to start the car. alternator charging at 13.8 already checked the commor Monsoon amp issue and still does the same thing...... I'm lost for a solution.
One mechanic told me main engine wiring harness has a short ......doesn't make since to me the car runs and drives normal just the battery drain. Any solutions? Please help!!


Hearl C. said
160 days ago
I have a 2002 VW Beetle 1.8 turbo that melted down in the fuse box and appears to have shorted out my ABS system and traction control and possible the computer also. Replaced the fuse box but still issues, the cables are badly burned and am looking into replacing the alternator harness and cables. Battery still drains rapidly and the car dies without warning and will not restart.


sue a. said
156 days ago
I have a 2001 vw jetta and the fuse box is bad.


hulda o. said
135 days ago
I have had the same problem 2 times with my 2005 volkswagon convertible beetle. First time in June 2013. Bought a new alternator before I realized what the actual problem was. Replaced fuse box and did a home fix that lasted until December 2013. Took it to the dealer and he said it was the same problem. $860.00 for the dealer to repair. Volkswagon should make good on this.


Joshua H. said
135 days ago
2009 VW Jetta - I had my 60,000 mile inspection two weeks ago as of this past Saturday. This past Friday, the lights on the right side of the car have gone out. A VW dealership in Houston, TX quoted the repair at $478, parts and labor.

VW is going to be contacted regarding this issue.


Casey P. said
132 days ago
This just happened to my wife's 2004 VW Jetta yesterday.


Real F. said
130 days ago
Same. 2004 Jetta TDI. Ottawa, Canada


Channing L. said
129 days ago
Replacing battery right now on my 2003 Beetle. May be same problem? German Engineering? Hmmm...


Courtney R. said
125 days ago
I drive a 2010 Jetta VW 2.5 About a month ago I was driving the car, and all of a sudden the touch screen radio just went out. No music, no clock no power in the radio at all. Then just yesterday all of my lights (except the front left headlight) cut off. I took it to the dealer to have the radio fixed & that's when they told me about the fuse box needing to be replaced. Also the rear tire sensors are bad, and I have a check engine light on. The car only has 54,000 miles on it. We bought it used 6 months ago. When I first got it. I fell in love with VW because of the smooth handling of the car, and the general aesthetic. Now I'm not so sure. I hate the feeling of not knowing if my car will break down in the middle of the highway.


Courtney R. said
125 days ago
I drive a 2010 Jetta VW 2.5 About a month ago I was driving the car, and all of a sudden the touch screen radio just went out. No music, no clock no power in the radio at all. Then just yesterday all of my lights (except the front left headlight) cut off. I took it to the dealer to have the radio fixed & that's when they told me about the fuse box needing to be replaced. Also the rear tire sensors are bad, and I have a check engine light on. The car only has 54,000 miles on it. We bought it used 6 months ago. When I first got it. I fell in love with VW because of the smooth handling of the car, and the general aesthetic. Now I'm not so sure. I hate the feeling of not knowing if my car will break down in the middle of the highway.


Sarah M. said
125 days ago
I have the same problem with my 2003 VW beetle 1.8 Turbo S Fuse for the alternator melted. I bought a new battery thinking it was the problem, but it wasn't. I also recycled my good alternator because everyone said the problem must be the alternator, but it was just that stupid little fuse connecting to the cable. Is Vollkswagon going to fix this problem at their own cost?


orlando s. said
111 days ago
paid alot of money


salvador p. said
110 days ago
Im having the same problem, I dont have a solution for it


Myles M. said
106 days ago
2007 Jetta 2.5. Last night the alternator low voltage light went on and i made it home from work thinking that i had a low battery due to the cold weather(below 0). This morning, my car was a little slow starting, but started. 2 miles down the road, pretty much all of the warning lights on the dash came on, so i decided to restart the car at the next light. Car wouldn't restart, so I had to get towed from the middle of the intersection. Thanks VW! Can't wait for the call from the mechanic!


julian e. said
99 days ago
03, 1.8 turbo new beetle. fuse box on top of the battery melting on fuse that goes to the electric fans, fuse for ABS system starting to give issues also.


said
99 days ago
This past summer, my car would not start. Initially I thought my battery was dead and perhaps I left a light on. However, I was told by my mechanic that my coolant fan stopped working. Replaced it and no more issues--until tonight! On my way home and I had turned the car on. I was on the phone and fiddling around before I pulled off. Was ready to drive, battery light came on and I was stuck. Turned it off 2 more times. Finally was able to travel home. Very nervous because I use my car alot for work.


Anand & Katie S. said
95 days ago
2005 Jetta. Exact same issue. spent 400 dollars to get it fixed . Fuse box melted last 2-2013. And tonight alternator died again. This is ridiculous. Volkswagen needs to be held responsible for this.


Anand & Katie S. said
95 days ago
2005 Jetta. Exact same issue. spent 400 dollars to get it fixed . Fuse box melted last 2-2013. And tonight alternator died again. This is ridiculous. Volkswagen needs to be held responsible for this.


Briana W. said
95 days ago
I have a 99 beetle and my headlights turn signal car horn and heater don't work. Anyone know what this is? Everything else works fine. How much would it cost to replace?


caroline c. said
94 days ago
Pulled over to turn around, and flames came out from under the doors, in shock I jumped out, and watched in horror, as my 99 beattle burnt to the frame.


Scottie C. said
93 days ago
2003 VW Jetta 1.8T - My Fuse Box did not melt but the cable from the Alternator to the battery that charges the battery is so hot that it has fried the cable. I replaced the battery and alternator before checking to find that the real problem. My Jetta's battery was at 12.5 volts when the car wasn't running and the same when the car was running. I moved the cable from alternator to battery and the voltage jump up to 13.75 - 14.00 where it's suppose to be. Bottom line is that the cable feeding from the alternator to battery is too small and running way to hot. I am in the process of replacing the wiring harness from alternator to battery and should fix the problem for the short term? I will post a follow up message after I get a new harness installed. This is a real safety issue and VW should fix this problem wit a recall.


Bruce K. said
89 days ago
Have 2003 jetta, with the same issues. Replaced, battery and alternator twice, fuse box once, and it quit running again. Fuse box alternator wire melted. We are into this POS for around $3000 in repairs!


Kayla R. said
84 days ago
Wow apparently this is a common problem. I have a 2010 Jetta Limited. First time I had a problem with this the passenger side headlight, drivers side taillight and rear license plate lights went out. This happened several times thenI took it to the dealer. They said they traced all the wires to check for melting and they came up with nothing. He said he could get into it more extensively if they kept the car to try to mimic the problem. Dropped the car off and turns out the 30amp fuse overheated and melted part of my fuse box! UGH! Scary. If this has been a problem since 1999 why hasn't VW acknowledged and corrected this problem?!?! This is a huge accident waiting to happen. Just thankful my car didn't catch on fire.


olga m. said
79 days ago
Same problem melted fuse box had to replace it and also had AC problems as a result of this .
VW should be held responsible for faulty engineering and delay and denial


Tanya L. said
78 days ago
Same here , car smelled funny then saw smoke coming out from the actual fuse box ! Not ok!!! Car has then died and doesn't start up anymore !


vincent m. said
77 days ago
Mine melted over the summer 2013 causing ac to stop working.


Dee K. said
75 days ago
2002 Turbo (New Beetle), in shop now. Check engine light popped on, paid to have fans replaced. Next morning, Check Engine Light popped on again. Car is in shop...they noticed the melted fuse box and fuse stuck to box. They have been working on it a week and still can't get the Check Engine Light to stay off.


Josh C. said
73 days ago
Have owned an 03 for about 3 months and the wire melted on Christmas.


Charles H. said
61 days ago
2004 Jetta...2 burned up. My costs to date are in excess of $500.


Charles H. said
61 days ago
2004 Jetta...2 burned up. My costs to date are in excess of $500.


Lee S. said
59 days ago
Just repaired the same problem on a friends car. It is not the alternator wire that causes this problem. It is the main red wire going into the inside of the car. At the firewall, this wire is going to ground. Thus draining battery, and burning up the black wire to stop the short at a ground source. It is a major defect in the manufacturing process. All you have to do is disconnect the wires one by one and see that one is going to ground.


Justin M. said
58 days ago
In the process of going through this with my 2004 Jetta. Melted fuse block/replacing alternator harness. Possibly replacing the alternator as well.


Tammy T. said
47 days ago
Going through the same thing, constant draining of the battery making relays go out have replace one relay two now maybe a third time. and fuel pump replacement because of relay.


corey e. said
45 days ago
i have a 2009 vw jetta tdi that at first the head light blew out about every 3 months then on a 6 hour trip the head lights both went out at night had to get motel with wife and 2 kids looked online about fuse holed so i played with the fuse for the headlights witch are under the hood got it working about 6 months later on a long trip to the beach both headlights and rear blinkers died played with fuses got one side working now right side is dead and the fuse holder is melted I am now having to A replace fuse box and have it happen again or B take the box a part and solder in jumper wires to a remote fuse holder for both sides.So far bad fuse box bad wire harness to doors bad turbo after 100k miles bad headlights bad window sensor.


Karin L. said
44 days ago
Beginning of January we were driving to MA from PA, stopped for a meal, got back in car & got msg on info panel that R front headlight was not functioning. It was raining hard, but still daylight in late afternoon. Checked other lights & all seemed ok - running light working. Back in car - another 175 miles to go & it became evident R turn signal wasn't working. Did get to MA early evening, checked lights again & found that brake lights weren't working & more. VW dealer in town checked it out next day & said 30 amp fuse for lighting was melted w/fuse block, which they removed & replaced. Turns out I'm not the first person - VW instantly said they'd refund the $531 it cost, which tells me they're aware it's a fault of theirs.


Carlton S. said
40 days ago
Same issue.. Replaced distribution box once, week later, cable has melted through the jacket again. So, plan to attempt the cable replacement this evening and hope for the best.


Rachel E. said
35 days ago
Same issue. In December it caused the Alternator to malfunction. In February the 02 sensors to malfunction. Having the cable replaced now after $2000 in repairs because check engine light is on again (March). I have an 02 VW Beetle Turbo


Stephanie H. said
27 days ago
I have a 2003 beetle turbo s. Same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. Was driving in the rain, suddenly all the dashboard lights started flickering, the wipers stopped and of coarse I pulled over turned the car off and panicked. It wouldn't restart. Had it towed, had it fixed. Was told had I kept driving it would have caught on fire.


Stephanie H. said
27 days ago
How can we join the class action suite against VW on this issue?


michael b. said
24 days ago
We've been having the same issue, car is dying, checking the wiring harness on top of the battery reveals burnt wires. We brought the 2004 VW Jetta (turbo) to dealership 5 times and spent thousands of dollars ($4k-5k) on this over several years. This is not the place for emotions but these issues are negatively impacting families. We can't afford a replacement car, what with medical and other issues, so we're in a real bad situation. The dealership keeps taking our money and fixing the symptoms but are not fixing the root cause, and I really feel like we have been victimized. We are really frustrated because now we are hearing this is a known issue. I feel really ripped off and I am angry.


Jodi K. said
16 days ago
Odd issues for a while. Have a 2003 Beetle and said the fuse box by battery and cable to alternator melting.


Jenifer H. said
13 days ago
My car died on a busy street and was just able to get into center of road this morning. Is now at the mechanic and researching problems and found this thread. Interesting. I have a 2005 GLS new Beetle that was my mom's. It did turn over and start again, but was waiting for AAA. I'd like to remedy this problem so it doesn't happen on the freeway! This car has great sentimental value to me, but maybe ready to move on to a reliable car.


Ricardo M. said
13 days ago
Couple of weeks ago as I was driving it started to get hot inside my car. I go to move the temperature knob to the cold side and nothing it got hotter and hotter it was not working! Found out about a week after this that the fuse box had melted it was close to burning the whole thing! Yikes! Does anyone have a good solution for this problem I drive a 2003 VW Jetta DTI 4 door.


Ricardo M. said
13 days ago
Couple of weeks ago as I was driving it started to get hot inside my car. I go to move the temperature knob to the cold side and nothing it got hotter and hotter it was not working! Found out about a week after this that the fuse box had melted it was close to burning the whole thing! Yikes! Does anyone have a good solution for this problem I drive a 2003 VW Jetta DTI 4 door.


Steven W. said
11 days ago
A 2000 New Beetle TDI here. Same problem. Fuses burn out as fast as I can replace them. Would love to know how to fix this.


Jose G. said
6 days ago
my wife vehicle 2005 gls beetle died on the freeway and a/c will not work and had a random misfires, I found melted fuse box.


Abbey T. said
2 days ago
I have a 2010 Jetta TDI. My right front low light, left front turn signal, left rear tail light, right rear reverse light, and license plate light all "went out" simultaneously yesterday. Checked the bulbs, obviosuly they were fine. Took it to VW today and they told me it was a melted fuse box. Seems based on the history of this occurance it's not a random thing. What's to keep the replacement fuse box from melting? Does anyone know if VW is coming up with a fix to this issue?

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