definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,247 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 142016


  • miles


Engine smoking defective fuel filter O-ring gaskets causing fuel leaks--VW dealers not honoring warranty. Between April 2015 - July 2016, VW dealers have replaced this fuel gasket five times, repeatedly charging me for the defective part and unneeded filters. I saved one of the defective gaskets and have been to two different VW dealerships, graham in sioux falls South Dakota and jensen in sioux city Iowa. The engine smokes, I find the fuel leak, take it to the nearest dealer, who diagnose the problem before even opening the hood, because "the problem is so common." I contacted the VW regional service manager, tamar T., and VW customer care (reference # 160555387) and was advised that replacing a fuel gasket five times in just over a year is a regular "maintenance item". attached are a photo of the defective gasket, response from VW customer service and my maintenance receipts/log.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #5

Mar 162016


  • 55,368 miles
April 2015 engine light came on. Secondary air injection hose was bad. March 2016 engine light came on again. Secondary air injection pump needed to be replaced. There was no issues as far as the performance of the car. Car was stationary when the engine light came on both times.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 192015


  • 49,000 miles
Driving 60 mph in rush hour 6/19/15 & suddenly eng lights go on & car stalled in middle of traffic! I was scared I was going to be rear ended & killed. Put flashers on called 911. Police parked behind me while I waited for tow truck. Officer asked to try & start to see if I could get to side of road. I was able to start it, but only drive a few feet before stuttered & died again. Had it towed to tynans VW, where it was purchased & reg maintained. Next day VW verified engine light was on when they started. However, they claim it went off when they drove a few miles. Code indicated issue related to fuel system, however they weren't able to find anything wrong with car. They kept car a few days, drove it 90 miles w/ no issues. I contacted VW Corp & reported incident & explained dealer can't figure out what's wrong. I explained I'm not comfortable driving car until they can determine why my car stalled. They said it was likely debris in gas that could've caused fuel not to flow properly - really" they wanted to know what brand of gas I used - conoco - brand name. This is serious! my car stalled for a reason, something failed. I realize cars breakdown, I have no problem, as long as the issue is identified & fixed. I do have a problem, however, w/VW handing car back to me not knowing why it happened. Told to bring it back if it happens again. If it happens again, I may not be so lucky. What if this happened on mountain pass? in the snow? or in middle of a busy intersection? research, you will find other fuel issues & stalling complaints, & recalls for other VW cars tiguan, passat etc. No recall for fuel/stalling issues on Beetle..yet.I do not want myself or anyone else to become a statistic before VW identifies the problem. GM failed to recall the Chevy cobalt. They knew about issue for 10 yrs before recalling, after 13 people died. Is that what you're waiting for VW"

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #3

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 #2

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 #1

Mar 142014

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 4,113 miles
Car would stall and abruptly stop when operating and all engine and electrical functions and safety features would turn off and not work (e.g., engine, assisted brakes, air bags, horn, running lights, brake lights, hazard lights, entire dashboard would not work). About 10 minutes later, the car would power up again and run. The problem was intermittent (it happened again) and neither the manufacturer nor dealer could find the cause. The owner refused to drive it anymore unless they found the cause because the abrupt stopping could be catastrophic on the highway. The current position of the manufacturer and dealer is that it never happened. Another case is reported here where the same car abruptly stopped three times and the manufacturer and dealer could not find the cause.

- Westport, CT, USA

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