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What's Wrong with the Volkswagen Beetle?

The Volkswagen Beetle has a total of 279 complaints. The majority of the complaints involve the windows (21%) followed by the transmission (14%) and the electrical (11%).

We'd recommend avoiding the 1st generation (1998–2011) which has the worst overall PainRank™ of 7.14

How Beetle Generations Rank

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

Worst Overall Beetle Complaints

Let's take a look at the most common Beetle complaints submitted to over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Most Complained About Beetle Years

A quick look at which years have the highest complaint volumes. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on