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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,181 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

engine problem

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 182016


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer due to the check engine light illuminating. The mechanic was able to retrieve a fault code on the vehicle for the exhaust camshaft. The vehicle was not repaired. On another occasion, while attempting to start the vehicle, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the exhaust camshaft fractured and caused a blockage of the exhaust fuel leaving the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was informed that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The contact stated that the vehicle was under warranty when the check engine light warning illuminated; however, the dealer failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Cook, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 012014

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 24,362 miles
I have only owned this vehicle for under a month. Noticeable lag from dead start as well as low speeds and trying to accelerate.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

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