The 1st generation of the Beetle has a cumulative PainRank™ of 7.14. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? You could do worse (but you could also do better).
Owners of the 1998–2011 Beetle model years have sent in 235 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the windows (21%) followed by the transmission (17%) and the electrical (13%).