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

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.

Power Window May Fail Due to Window Regulator

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

No Start after Refueling and Popping Noise from Trunk

Popping sounds from the rear of the vehicle may be heard moments after starting the engine, or when slowing to a stop. This noise is from the leak detection pump filling the fuel tank with air, and releasing to retest the system when it finds a fault. The sequence of faults identifying this issue are as follows:

  • Succession of loud pops from rear of vehicle
  • Pops go away, and fuel economy decreases 
  • Check engine light illuminates
  • OBD trouble code P2404 and/or P0441 is stored
  • Engine will not start after refueling (must crank for over 30 seconds)
  • Vibration when slowing to a stop

The cause is a valve which is mounted on the front of the intake manifold, commonly called the N80 valve, or EVAP system purge valve. The valve is designed to open under specific circumstances, but a worn valve will remain open at all times, preventing the pressurization of the fuel tank. 

Correction of the issue is to replace the N80 valve with the latest revision. 

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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.

Sunroof

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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