Volkswagen Beetle Problems

Consider These

PainRank (?) Year Model Watch For
0.33 2010 Beetle windows
1.03 2011 Beetle windows
1.78 2008 Beetle lights

Avoid These

PainRank (?) Year Model Beware Of
17.5 2004 Beetle transmission
15.68 2003 Beetle transmission
10.03 2006 Beetle interior accessories

Generation 2

Gen Score

6.31 PainRank™

Watch Out For These Problems

  1. brakes rusted in the 2014 at 26719 miles
  2. engine stopped working in the 2012 at 111276 miles
  3. faulty window actuator in the 2012 at 5733 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 1

Gen Score

9.7 PainRank™

Good Luck Avoiding

  1. transmission slips and goes into "limp mode" in the 2003 at 112650 miles
  2. transmission failure in the 2004 at 80964 miles
  3. transmission disengages in the 2005 at 60099 miles

Areas the Breakdown

NHTSA Information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency designed to "keep people safe on the roadways." Here's a look at the number of times NHTSA has recalled and investigated the Beetle.

Recent Beetle News

Fix for 2015 2-Liter Diesels Approved

There’s been a lot of talk about diesel buyouts and fixes lately. But one group that’s been left out was what VW calls “Generation 3” diesel vehicles from the 2015 model year. But after 16 months of waiting, that’s about to change:

Volkswagen finally received approval to fix certain 2-liter diesel vehicles to make their emissions systems legal, at least for about 67,000 of the 475,000 illegal 2-liter “clean diesel” vehicles.

VW will remove the “defeat device” software and replace it with something a lot less cheat-y. Then sometime next year, VW will install new software in addition to a diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst and a nitrogen oxide catalyst.

Oh, Canada! A VW Diesel Settlement Update

Our neighbors to the north tend to be a patient bunch, but you have to imagine Canadian VW diesel owners were starting to wonder when their settlement offer would come. Well, good news.

Canadian owners will receive between $5,100 and $8,000 in compensation along with a few options. Any eligible owner can choose to trade their vehicle and apply its fair market value at that time towards the purchase of a new or used Volkswagen or Audi vehicle.

Spread out over 105,000 vehicles, that equals about $2.1 billion CAD (Canadian dollars). The settlement needs to be approved and finalized by two courts.

What is Going on with the VW Diesel Settlement?

It’s been well over a month since Volkswagen’s historic $14.7 billon dollar diesel settlement which includes the option for owners to sell their cheatin’ cars back to VW. So how are things going? Meh, according to a firm appointed by the court to monitor the settlement’s progress.

Many owners have complained about long telephone hold times and missed deadlines. Some, in snowier climates, are ticked off they had to pay to put on snow tires while waiting for VW to get its act together.

Yes, this is an unprecedented deal. And sure, there’s a lot of moving parts. But as points out, it’s not like VW couldn’t see this coming.

You can review the settlement details on our site.

And if you haven’t yet, I’d also encourage you to visit or call 1-844-98-CLAIM to schedule appointments with claim specialists.