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Volkswagen Beetle Problems and Repair Histories

263 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Beetle. 61 of these members (23.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 94 repairs to Volkswagen Beetles--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Volkswagen Beetle problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Volkswagen Beetle problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Volkswagen Beetle problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Volkswagen Beetle repairs by problem area

46% of the Volkswagen Beetle repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 5% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 94 repairs.

Volkswagen Beetle repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Beetle repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 25% cost less than $100, 44% between $100 and $499, 13% between $500 and $999, and 19% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 16 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Volkswagen Beetle problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2001 Volkswagen New Beetle

Engine not specified

Volkswagen New Beetle in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 86800    
88040 80 lost an exhaust clamp 
 

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2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 67000    
68000 65 The 3rd center stoplight needed to be replaced...I did it myself for the cost of the bulb ($65.00)...Yikes, what happened to BULB replacement rather than nearly costing a car payment??? 
75000 290 Had a recall regarding ignition coil possible failure...took to dealer, they said it didn't need fixing...car became inoperative...Called VW factory...they promised to cover cost of coils...which amounted to $180.00...hope they pay!!! 
79000 0 The mechanic that we use for the car replaced the left-front headlight. 
101000  

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2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 55000    
58000 300 Brake lights not working Brake lights not working again 
 

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2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 81000    
82000 100 valve body in transmission stuck 
86000 100 cel was evaluated, determined to be fuel connected. protocol followed. final item was replacement of injectors, which was done. 
89000  
Volkswagen New Beetle in Oklahoma, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 105000    
105000 244 Automatic transmission would not shift from second to third. Found the speed sensor was faulty and replaced it. 
121000 1000 Power steering pump hose split 

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2000 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 170000    
172000 0 Left fog lamp fell off. Put back with tiewraps. 
176000 700 Alternator bearing failed. replaced alternator (original). 
177000 250 original starter motor failed completely in garage, replaced there. 
193000  
Volkswagen New Beetle in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
16 107 relay 
272000 123 replaced clutch MAF replacement 
18 glow plug replaced 
285700 99 replace right front wheel bearing replace turbo VNT vacuum controller $99 
287000 52 wheel sensor failed 
288000 72 failed EGR solenoid replaced 
289000 72 replaced N75 valve, regained full turbo function 
293000 59 remove and clean intake and EGR valve. 65% clogged from normal used over many miles replace both stabilizer bar links 
299000 144 right front inner tie rod end worn, replaced all 4 due to mileage on vehicle. 
304000 75 replaced left axle due to worn outer cv joint 
308000 589 replaced noisy dual mass flywheel 
319000 180 replaced starter 
321000 14 replace leaking vacuum pump oil seal, o-ring on CCV line and CCV diffuser grommet. 
324700 70 R/R caliper sticking, burned pad 
340700 108 replace broken right front spring 
342000 3 replaced small coolant hose from engine block/rear of head to coolant reservoir. noticed a small leak when cold and sitting overnight. problem would have eventually gotten worse as time went on. nipped it in the bud. 

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1999.5 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 138000    
138000 470 #1 Hood pull release handle broke. #2 Gas cap door cable/solenoid replaced. 
 

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