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Volkswagen Beetle repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 251 repairs.
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Volkswagen Beetle repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (46%)

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Chart based on 216 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Volkswagen Beetle problems by year

before 2001 (52%)

2002 - 2003 (15%)

2004 - 2005 (5%)

2006 - 2011 (7%)

2012 - 2016 (20%)

2017 - present (1%)

Chart based on 256 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle Personal Experiences: Pros
2004 2dr Convertible turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
Combination fin car with reliability. Almost as quiet with softtop as normal hardtop. Can drive comfortable for hours for this size car. Can drive well with open hood from 15 Celsius (need windscreen !). full 2004 Volkswagen Beetle review
Volkswagen Beetle Personal Experiences: Cons
2005 2dr Convertible 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Pesky, but expensive problems in first 4 years: * passenger seat release lever snapped off * airbag warning light came on at 1yr old, repaired, then came back on 5 days later * boot stopped opening - took to 3 x VW repairers - nobody can remedy...?! full 2005 Volkswagen Beetle review
2004 2dr Convertible 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Owned a 2001 New Beetle and had the same reliability problems. Had an extended warranty, but the vehicle was in the shop too frequently to be useful. Purchased the 2004 because it was convertible. full 2004 Volkswagen Beetle review
2003 2dr Hatch turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
This car has broken down on me every two years and its always the Water Pump that breaks down. Warning lights come on as a warning in most cars..the lights on this car comes on as a warning that your done for!! Never buy this car or VW again!!! full 2003 Volkswagen Beetle review
2002 2dr Hatch 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
If we could have afforded to purge this car from our lives sooner, we would have! Every time I felt that maybe I was being negative, it would fail in some way and assure me that I was not wrong. full 2002 Volkswagen Beetle review

Volkswagen Beetle Problems and Repair Histories

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