2018 Volkswagen Beetle Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Brake and electrical issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Most people that own a 2018 VW Beetle agree that it’s a cute car, but this “iconic bug” has been discontinued for a reason. The faulty electrical system and defective service brakes were just the final straws for avid Beetle enthusiasts.


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NHTSA Complaints for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
Unknown Or Other
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Fuel/propulsion System

Problems with the Electrical System

The main parts of a car’s electrical system include the alternator and battery, but everything in a modern vehicle runs on power these days. If the systems aren’t functioning as intended, it can cause a lot of problems.

One example of this is found in an Edmunds customer review. “I currently have 3800 Miles on it. The EPC light keeps coming on. My car is now at the dealer service for the third time in a month for this. The service department can’t seem to figure this problem out. They keep assuring me they are in touch with Volkswagen engineering to solve this. The Honda dealer is across the street. I can’t help but think I should have bought my sixth Honda at this point.”

Apparently, VW isn’t wise enough to figure out what the problem is, which isn’t an uncommon concern. Many users are struggling to get their Beetles fixed properly. There’s even an electrical system-related recall that everyone should know about. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V615000 states that nearly 700,000 vehicles have a defect that allows the key to be removed, even if the car isn’t in Park. The fault is found in the shift lever micro switch, putting many owners (and those located around the car) at risk. If the key is removed, but the car isn’t in Park, it could roll away and cause an injury or collision. It’s the perfect way for the Beetle to go out in style – down in a blaze of glory.

Problems with the Brakes

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle isn’t an overly powerful vehicle, but it still needs a strong braking system to stop in time. Yet, even auto publications warned against this system from day one.

Take a look at what a Forbes author had to say when this model was released. “A touchy accelerator causes the car to lunge away from stops and is very unpleasant in stop-and-go. Worse, the brakes had a grabby initial bite, as well.”

In this article, the author was discussing why the Beetle wouldn’t be missed. The braking system was just the icing on the cake of the problems experienced. Still, there is another recall worth mentioning related to this system. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V369000 states that the brake caliper pistons left the factory with an insufficient coating. This fault can lead to a reduction in braking power and lead to an accident. Obviously, the dealers are responsible for fixing the problem to restore braking performance, but according to what the auto experts believe, it probably has little effect. This Beetle was helpful in closing out the end of an era, but this is one model that won’t go down in history for being a favorite.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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