1st Gen (1998 – 2011) Volkswagen Beetle Problems

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%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2011 1
1.03
2010 2
0.32
2009 13
3.63
2008 6
2.09
2007 17
5.49
2006 19
10.01
2005 20
8.08
2004 35
17.39
2003 24
15.66
2002 14
8.87
2001 24
9.22
2000 37
8.9
1999 17
6.91
1998 6
2.39

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