Used Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1999 - 2012 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Advice for buyers

1999 - 2012 review
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Beetle sports?

On the whole, VWs are reliable, but this generation of Golf (which forms the basis of the Beetle) is not the greatest. Mind you, Beetle owners tend to complain of niggling problems, rather than massive issues.

Some Cabriolets suffer from rattling and vibrating windows on uneven roads and the boot can be difficult to close, causing a dent to appear as a result in the centre of the boot lid.

On top of that, the Beetle is prone to the same issues that affect the Golf. Clutches may need replacing at 40,000 miles and the 1.8T suffers from ignition coil failure.

Being a convertible, you should always check the roof mechanism, and the general condition of the fabric. Repairs and replacements are expensive.

There have been two recalls on the Beetle, one concerning the fuel pump, and the other the anti-lock braking system that can lead to fire damage. Make sure they've both been done.

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