2nd Gen (2012 – 2017) Volkswagen Beetle Problems

The 2nd generation of the Beetle has a cumulative PainRank™ of 4.58. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 2012–2017 Beetle model years have sent in 40 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the windows (20%) followed by the engine (17%) and the interior (15%).

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 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2017 0
2016 0
2015 8
2014 8
2013 11
2012 13

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