hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,847 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 102016


  • 130,000 miles


Driver's side rear window regulator stopped working. Window was stuck down in the middle of winter. Car was in motion, hit the front window button, back window rolled down, wouldn't roll back up.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012013


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated that he convertible top was separating from the rear glass window. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the convertible top would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Hiram, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012012


  • 50,624 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen super Beetle convertible. The contact stated that the adhesive around the rear window failed as the window began to separate. There was only a piece of cloth that was holding the window in place. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the part could not be repaired and the entire convertible top would need to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to several independent mechanics for diagnosis however none could repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 50,624.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 232012


  • 78,100 miles


Rear windows will not go up or down (can hear sound of motors running though). Drivers side window does not 'drop-down' when opening.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 122012

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 62,300 miles
Drivers-side back window failed after being let down. Will not return to closed position. Sounded like it was trying at first, but now no sound. Same problem on other side about 18 months ago. An expensive fix that VW said was due to a faulty part that became brittle after some time. I have an eos that VW has put a recall on the same part upon failure. Not sure why there's not one for the Beetle.

- Durham, NC, USA

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problem #3

Dec 082010


  • 40,000 miles
The light sockets on the car are loose and will allow the bulb to come loose and not make contact with the connector and the light has to be re-inserted, this constant removal and fixing of the lights has caused several of the components to break and now make it impossible to fix. The effected lights are: Tail lights, brake lights, turn signal lights, head light, reverse lights... mainly the rear lights, but the head lights are having the same issue.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 312010


  • 64,800 miles
I have a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, the convertible top has pulled away from the top of the rear glass window and has a gap. The car is 5 years old, but it only has close to 65,000 miles on it.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 212009


  • 48,955 miles
On my 2005 VW Beetle the left side back window fell off of it's tracks. Even though there were no injuries this could have startled my wife and perhaps caused an accident. There are numerous complaints on many VW models going back to 1995, yet when I called their VW of America number to see if there is a recall for this defect they acted like mine was the only one!!!! I then did a google search and discovered vwofamerica is nonresponsive to many complaints. Ei; ODI number: 10282664. Can you help??!!!!

- La Verne, CA, USA

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