Volkswagen Beetle Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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The most expensive problem car ever

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

This car within the first year needed replacement of the window module (3 times), the push button starter, and the sunroof electrical module. (Warranty covered most of these repairs) Year 2, door locking mechanism had to be replaced (no warranty coverage) Year 3, sensors for parking break had to be

Review submitted by:Hik

Pros:Beautiful car, fun to drive

Cons:Expensive, hassle, serious repairs needed constant

Don’t Waste Your Money

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I purchased the car outright, no lease no loan. I had to return the car within the first week to locate the backseat shoulder straps that were under the seat. They had to take apart the back seat to correct it. I have had it in the VW dealership on

Review submitted by:Tina

Pros:Love the color and style of the car.

Cons:Electrical problem that they cant fix.

Terrific car with cheap components

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is an amazing drivers car. With the GTI engine it TAKES OFF! Very stable, fun to drive, and it accommodates a tall driver (64). Interior components are very cheap: lots of hard plastics, flimsy upholstery and seat railings and belts prone to failing. Engine runs well: oil leaks were

Review submitted by:Gabeybaby

Pros:Good price, thrifty on gas, amazing to drive

Cons:Poor interior quality. Engine issues fixed under w

Not a good car

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is my second time having a VW Beetle. The first one was a 1998 Bug which was a very unreliable car. It had the well known window problems, air conditioning and heater core had to be replaced and at 60K the head gasket cracked. That was the worse car

Review submitted by:BEE

Pros:Nice looking car

Cons:Fuel economy, performance, reliability

Form over function

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This review is based on a 7-day rental. My car was in the shop for repairs required by a parking lot hit and run. I was assigned a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle as a loaner for the duration. The VW had 2.5L 5-cyl engine with a 6-spd auto. The drive train

Review submitted by:Sparty1

Pros:"peppy" drivetrain

Cons:uncomfortable, along with poor visibility

Does not deserve the name Volkswagen

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I have owned several Volkswagens in the past, from Bugs to Rabbits to a Jetta. I liked the 2001 Jetta so much I kept it for 12 years. This new Beetle is terrible. It's cramped and refuses to go where my former VW's were happy to wander. The final straw

Review submitted by:Little Old Lady

Pros:It looks good.

Cons:Did not meet my expectations of a Volkswagen.

Not one of the finest Mexico products

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Do not buy one with a sunroof. They are made in Mexico and not strucurally sound. Body creaks, body bangs over bumps, dealer cannot fix after having for nearly 30 days.

Review submitted by:kpf

Pros:Fun To Drive Fender is the best

Cons:poorly made Mexico product

DONT EVER BUY A BUG

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Volkswagen

Model:

Beetle

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I have owned this bug for 2 years, and my sister owned it before I had. Easily the worst car I have ever had. Found myself stuck on the side of the road more than I was actually driving it. Also both of my doors broke, like the handles? How

Review submitted by:AbbieLynnn

Pros:easy to park

Cons:EVERYTHING ELSE

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