What's Wrong with the Volkswagen Beetle?

Beetle owners have made 279 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the windows (21%), followed by the transmission (14%) and the electrical (11%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Beetle.

Comparing Beetle Generations

Watch out for the 1st generation's (1998–2011) 7.14 PainRank™, which is the worst of 2 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
2nd Gen Beetle 2012–2017
40 4.58
1st Gen Beetle 1998–2011
235 7.14

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    The Worst Beetle Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 1999 (17), 2002 (14), 2009 (13), 2012 (13), 2013 (11), 2015 (8), 2014 (8), 1998 (6), 2008 (6), 2010 (2), 2011 (1), 2016 (0), and 2017 (0).