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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,400 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.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle steering problems

steering problem

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 272015


  • 23,000 miles


We were driving home in our 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible when the engine died causing a lack of steering control. This is actually the second time this has happened with this vehicle. My wife is pregnant and I have lost confidence in this car being able to move my family around safely. I have searched online and others have had similar issues. The dealers are not able to "duplicate" the issue so they send you away with an unsafe vehicle. Hopefully this does not wind up being a situation similar to GM where people have to lose their lives before the issues are corrected.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 032014


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle jerked and stalled without warning. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 262014

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 7,600 miles
Car stalls and looses power while driving. 3rd incident on car. Dealer and manufacture can't find any issue to repair.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 252013

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
After exiting the freeway and completing a curve to the right I was on a straight section of the off ramp going approx. 35 mph. I applied the brakes and a moderate vibration was felt in the front end/brakes. The car spun out and hit a sign then a wall with the rear of the vehicle.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

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