It has to be done manually with the key and buzzer runs for while after cranking the engine.I'm looking at a 2003 2.0L 5Speed w/118K miles. Runs and drives good. The owner doesn't know when the timing belt was replaced. He bought it from a first time owner at 92K miles.
The driver door has to be unlocked manually with the key and when I got in to crank the engine, I had to reset the key once even though I had the clutch in and the brake on. The buzzer continually goes off and then goes off. The owner said it was the door switch.
I noticed the little door light down on the lower part of the door was upside down which may indicate someone had been in the door panel looking at the circuit. I don't know anything about these beetles. The car seems to be in good shape. I don't know how expensive this might be to fix.
Hard to say but I would take it to a shop, have them evaluate it, give you an estimate and either the seller pays for it or you deduct it from the purchase price.
August, 30, 2012 AT 2:30 PM
Does the passenger door open if you hit "unlock" twice on the remote?
If just the driver door is affected, then it is probably a faulty door
lock module in the driver door.
August, 30, 2012 AT 4:05 PM
I'm sure, but I do know that he mentioned that you have to unlock the door manually then get inside and manually unlock the passenger door. I'm not even sure if he did the passenger with the inside door lock switch.
August, 31, 2012 AT 5:15 AM
Just wanted to say, I verified that the door lock switch on the driver door does control the passenger door lock. The remote works unlocking the passenger door, but can't use the key to lock it back. If headlights are off, unlocking the driver door manually and cranking the engine, alarm chimes for a minute and then goes off. If the lights are on it buzzes for a minute and then goes off.
August, 31, 2012 AT 2:36 PM
Sounds like a driver door lock actuator problem. The alarm sounds
because the Alarm Module does not "see" the driver door being unlocked
(with the key). So when you turn the ignition key to start the car, the
Alarm thinks that the car is being stolen.
September, 1, 2012 AT 1:33 AM
Had something similar in the shop today. On this vehicle
however, the Door Lock Actuator responds to the remote, but no
"door open" signal is sent to the Control Modules.
"Auto Lock" is activated 30 seconds after, because no "door open"
signal was received.
Once the alarm is armed, trying to start the car will cause the
alarm to sound. In this short clip, you can see that because
the Door Lock Actuator is bad, the Alarm is NOT triggered by the
door being opened.