2006 VW Beetle Not Starting for 3 days


Asked by Mar 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM about the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My sister has a 2006 VW Beetle. She purchased it brand new in early 2007. We have an extended
warranty on it- factory warranty has expired. It has 76,899 miles on it.

Two months ago her car would not start. Lights would come on and you could hear the solenoid
clicking. Checked the battery, it was fine. It was a Friday night and the dealership was closed until
Monday so the car sat for the weekend and was towed Monday afternoon. Each day we tried to start
the car but got the same clicking. When the tow truck driver came to tow the car to the dealership
on Monday, he tried to start it and got the same result.

The car sat at the dealer for 2 days before they were able to look at it. When the tech got in to push
the car into the shop the car started right up and they were not able to diagnose the non-start issue.

Fast forward to this weekend 2 months later. Friday, she gets into her car to go to work and the
exact same issue again. Lights come on, only a clicking sound coming from the solenoid. She
attempted to start the car throughout the weekend and still got the same result. Today was her first
day off work and we were going to have it towed to a repair shop. The car started right up on the
first try.

Does anyone have any idea of what can be going on? I've read it could be the alarm system disabling
the car. How do we get the mechanic to verify this instead of just running diagnostics that show
everything is fine? Is there even a way to test the theory if the system is working fine?

Our extended warranty is running out and no one has been able to determine the cause. Please help!

15 Answers


starter motor or coil, if its clicking it wont be immobiliser, could be as simple as loose wire going to strter motor listen to where the click comes from then check connection is not loose will be small oblong box with circular shape to it

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Thanks for the very quick reply. Can this only be done if the car is not starting? I just don't want my sister to get stranded one night.

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Ok, I was just corrected by my sister. There was no clicking at all. The key would turn, lights would come on, but no clicking or any other sound. (sorry, my convertible had the clicking sound- was the battery. Got the 2 confused). Based on the corrected info, any ideas?

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Sounds like a bad connection somewhere in the starter circuit. Have all the connections cleaned and greased.


ok , my wife has a 2006 Beetle Conv. 85k mi. The one light to look for in the dash cluster would be on the lower right, its shaped like a beetle and you can see a little key. If it continues to flash after all others have gone out, the chip code in the key, and the code for the immoblizer dont match, the car wont start. One thing to try before you call the tow truck , disconnect the battery for a couple minutes, then re-connect and give it a try. The entire system will reboot so to speak, and it might work. Good luck.

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if the car is not doing nothing when you turn the key, there is no problem with the key itself. the first things you need to be checking are the starter and the electrical part of the switch. the immobilizer shuts down the car if it doesn't recognize the key in this car. this is not your case.

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I am having the same problem, replaced starter, still the same. checked ignition with both keys, checked relay,ok. don't know what elsr it could be .


The alarm will cause the car not to crank, while an immobilizer fault will allow the car to crank and perhaps start momentarily but not run. When the car doesn't crank, first attempt to unlock the car through the passenger's door or the trunk lock cylinder; sometimes the drivers door latch doesn't recognize your unlocking the car so another lock may.

Try checking the fuel pump relay. Its a $40 part but the repair costed $300 after 2 days of diagnostics.


I have taken my VW 2006 beetle (diesel) in for servicing routinely for preventative maintenance, and lately every 3-4 months my car would just not start, not even crank, and would appear dead. Then a couple of days later it would start like it had no problem. . I'd take it to the dealer each time and they said they would replace the one way switch in the alternator, they would tell me I needed a new battery, and I can't remember what they replaced but the last time I took it to them they said they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Well on the worst snowy night it did it again and I had it towed to a place that specializes in foreign cars. They have had my car for 4 weeks and are searching for what could be wrong with it....possibly a ground wire issue. I guess the good news is that other than it not starting sometimes, the car is in really good shape (ha ha). The place I took it to said that my car seems to drain the battery every 3 days. I really hope they find out whats wrong. To me I find it really odd that the dealer can't find out whats wrong (or do they just not want to spend the time looking for it --maybe their time on my car is considered a loss of money while they can working on several other cars)----but the place where its at right now (importdoktor) is taking the time to troubleshoot it. I'm really hoping they can pin point the problem. One thing I do know---I will not buy a beetle again since it takes this long to find out whats wrong with a regularly serviced car.

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cjyork or anyone else - did you find the problem? I am having exactly the same problem with a 2004 VW Bug...

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yes,, I have a 2010 volkswagen beetle, is doing the same thing, sometimes will start right up, then other times will turn key and nothing dash lights come on, I load tested battery and it tests ok.. then I let it sit and come back and it starts right up,, one thing I did notice is that just sometimes I hit the start position and it has just a 1/4 sec delay then starts... I will try to figure it out and let you know. think it may be in the ignition itself..

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Thanks gt - I have discovered that if I disconnect the battery and then reconnect it then it will then start. And it bump starts fine. After the most recent episode I had it towed to the local VW garage - they say they have found a loose connection but I'm not convinced - that would not explain it starting after disconnecting/reconnecting the battery...

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Electrical can be a pain in the butt, The only thing that I can think of with your problem is a possible bad starter relay, if it has one. but what I would do in your case is #1 make sure your battery is in top condition by doing a load test on it. #2 make sure all your connections at battery and starter are clean and have a good connection. #3 If it still does it I would change the ignition switch, the electrical part.. Hope that helps. Bobby


Sorry,, forgot,, check starter relay, if it has one.. Bobby

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