My 2000 beetle sways real bad in the front when the roads are wet and raining. but when dry you can hardly feel it at all like there is nothing wrong but when wet it was put me sideways in the road and it is so bad it is going to get someone hurt or killed if not fixed. but have no idea what it is because I never had something act this way.

Asked by Jul 09, 2013 at 01:57 PM about the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When it is raining or wet the 2000 beetle rolls and floats side to side in the front end,
and like today I went to Lexington Kentucky from Nicholasville Kentucky and the roads
were wet and it was raining just a little bit. Then when I drove home I was driving the
same roads home and it was not doing it.It might of been doing it but just a very little to
were you could barely tell. It is the darnedest thing you have ever seen and does not
make any sense to me. It was wrecked in the rear end and fix back I bought the car
with a junk title and from the man that fixed it. when I bought it I text drove it and it
seemed OK but it was a nice sunshiny day and when I went to inter a turning lane it
rolled just a very little bit and I ask him if he felt it and he said that all beetles do it but I
knew better and thought it was the shocks in the back and besides that it was real
nice and worth the price. But now it is getting worse I will not let my daughter drive it
unless it is dry and she is not going every far. So do you know what it might be. I think
it is the front end maybe a tire or something else.

2 Answers

10,475

It would be prudent to take it to a reputable body shop and have the body checked to ensure it is straight. We had a 03 Beetle that my sister almost totaled out (13k worth of repairs). My sister has the car now and even with the rear shocks needing to be replaced, it still grips the road good. If the body is straight, i would start looking at sway bar, suspension and body bushing for damage.

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The fact that it's weather related makes me worried about your tires...get a good alignment check...their inspection will yield much information.

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