What's Wrong with the Beetle?

There are 262 complaints over 23 Beetle model years. These can be broken down into 2 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
2 2012—2017 4.44 38 15 0 265
1 1998—2011 7.02 224 76 36 606

Recent Beetle News

NJ Timing Chain Lawsuit Will Continue After VW Was Denied a Motion to Dismiss

Car owners think the time is right to hold Volkswagen accountable for their defective timing chains.

And despite VW’s best efforts, a timing chain lawsuit will continue in a New Jersey court after the judge denied the automaker’s motion to dismiss. The case is a combination of two other lawsuits in the state, both of which allege VW is concealing known timing chain defects that lead to premature engine failure.

Timing Chain Lawsuit Will Continue in Court. Image by Claire Anderson on Unsplash.com

You know that stack of papers they have you sign when you buy a car? Volkswagen’s argument for dismissing the case was a hidden clause that says all problems must be taken into arbitration and not in front of jury. Which, let’s be honest, is a shady thing to throw into a purchase contract. Luckily the judge ruled those agreements are between the consumer and the dealership, not the automaker.

While a few of the lawsuit claims were thrown own, this is overall good news for consumers who have dealt with (or are worried about) timing chain failure

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.