2013 Volkswagen Beetle Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Problems

Decreased Power and Fuel Economy from Carbon Buildup

The 2006-2016 Volkswagen Beetle (New Beetle) uses FSI and TSI direct injection engine. These engines are subject to carbon buildup in the intake system which can cause power loss, OBD codes and a check engine light, and a rough idle. In normal engines, the engine is cleaned by the gasoline flowing through the injectors and into the intake system, however, since the Beetle uses direct injection, gasoline does not flow through common carbon buildup areas. 

Possible trouble codes include: P0300P0301P0302P0303P0304.

The solution is to remove the intake manifold and professionally clean the intake manifold, intake ports on the cylinder head, and the intake valves. This may need to be done in as few as 20,000 miles. 

Mass Air Flow Sensor May Fail

The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Car Stalling - Fuel Pump Issue (1 answer)

My car w/49,000 miles on it stalled driving 60 mph on the highway -- towed to VW - there for a week couldn't figure out why it stalled. Happened a 2nd time with 70K miles on it - now they tell me I need a new fuel pump.. anyone else with this issue? VW dealership quoted over $900 to replace f...

Will a defective water pump cause battery to fail? (2 answers)

Last week, my car had huge groaning sound and the workshop told me to continue drive the car until the replacement part arrive (estimated arrival date for parts was 1 week). This morning my car could not start at all and the workshop told me that the battery is completely flat and need replacemen...

Washer fluid is not pumping after I had windshield replaced after a ding. (1 answer)

I looked in Manuel to see if it needed to be reset....the controls are different than Manuel.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Recalls

Broken Rear Trailing Arm

If a rear suspension trailing arm becomes bent, its durability may be compromised and it could break unexpectedly. If this were to occur vehicle control would be affected, increasing the risk of a crash. When parts become available, dealers will install a sheet metal inlay on each of the rear axle trailing arms to prevent sudden loss of vehicle control should a rear trailing arm suddenly break.


When driving over a rough road or striking a pothole the sunroof glass can break. This would be a distraction to the driver, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replaced the sunroof in affected vehicles to correct this concern.

The Passenger Airbag May Deploy With a Child Safety Seat Installed on the Right Front Seat

On 2012 and 2013 VW Beetles equipped with leather sport seats, if the right front seat were to get wet, the airbag system my not properly detect the presence of a child safety seat installed on that seat. In the event of a crash, this could cause the passenger airbag to deploy with a safety seat installed, which it should not do. This would result in an increased risk of injury to a child secured in the child seat. Volkswagen with replace the control module to correct this concern. The Volkswagen recall number is 69i9/W6.

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