Volkswagen New Beetle - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volkswagen New Beetle owners have reported a total of 868 problems for their cars built in the 13 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volkswagen New Beetle. The 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle cars have the most problems reported (151 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volkswagen New Beetle

  Common problems of Volkswagen New Beetle

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Volkswagen New Beetle cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (129 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (124 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volkswagen New Beetle

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volkswagen New Beetle of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across New Beetle model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volkswagen New Beetle model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across New Beetle Model Years

New Beetle
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2010 616,8208    
0.04
  2009 218,2669    
0.01
  2008 4027,99910    
0.14
  2007 1627,23311    
0.05
  2006 4035,43612    
0.09
  2005 5434,46413    
0.12
  2004 11044,95414    
0.17
  2003 9659,12515    
0.11
  2002 12156,26716    
0.13
  2001 15172,90317    
0.12
  2000 10891,04818    
0.07

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Volkswagen New Beetle is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2010 New Beetle
2
  2009 New Beetle
1
  2008 New Beetle
8
  2007 New Beetle
6
  2006 New Beetle
10
  2005 New Beetle
6
  2004 New Beetle
29
  2003 New Beetle
16
  2002 New Beetle
10
  2001 New Beetle
5
  2000 New Beetle
3
  1999 New Beetle
3
  1998 New Beetle
1


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