Compare with other Beetle generations
It ranks in reliability out of 38 generations.
This generation has 224 complaints. 20% are about the windows.
The most problematic year is the 2004 with a PainRank of 17.5.
The most painful problem is transmission slips and goes into "limp mode" in the 2003. Chances are it happens in other years as well.
There are 76 recalls, 36 investigations, and 606 TSBs about this generation.