Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Beetle sports?
Parking sensors weren’t standard unless you went for a mid-range Beetle Cabriolet, so look out for any dents and scratches to the bodywork. There were some very stylish alloy wheel designs – some with plenty of chrome. Refurbishing these wheels might be trickier than normal and, therefore, more expensive.
Some of the interior plastics aren’t quite as plush as the ones in other Volkswagens and could be showing signs of wear. Also, some Beetles used light-coloured materials that can look grubby if not cleaned regularly.
Speaking of cleaning, head to an automated car wash and put the roof up to check for leaks. It’ll give you the chance to spot any issues before you buy the car.
What are the most common problems with a used Volkswagen Beetle sports?
There have been three recalls for the Beetle Cabriolet, and one action for diesel emissions.
The first recall is for examples built between 1 March 2011 and 30 November 2011 for starter motors on diesel models equipped with start/stop that may overheat. The second is for the potential loss of steering stability due to a deformed rear axle on vehicles produced between 1 October 2011 and 1 August 2013. Lastly, there is a possible fire risk on cars manufactured between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 because of a fuel leak. Check with your local Volkswagen dealer if you think your car might be affected.
If you’re interested in a Beetle equipped with a diesel engine, check whether or not it has had any work carried out related to NOx emissions with your local Volkswagen dealer.
Is a used Volkswagen Beetle sports reliable?
There wasn’t enough data to include the Beetle Cabriolet in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, but the middling 17th position out of 31 manufacturers should give some indications as to overall reliability. Volkswagen did finish higher than Mini and Citroën, though.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.