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Volkswagen Beetle Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your Volkswagen Beetle

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The national average repair and maintenance cost for a Volkswagen Beetle is between $518 and $633 per year. Repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, location and service provider.

Volkswagen Repair Estimates
Car
Service
Price
1998 Volkswagen Beetle
Water Pump Replacement
$401 - $528
1998 Volkswagen Beetle
Head Gasket Replacement
$865 - $1178
1998 Volkswagen Beetle
Timing Belt Replacement
$0 - $0
1998 Volkswagen Beetle Location: Front
Brake Pad Replacement
$208 - $281
1998 Volkswagen Beetle
Alternator Replacement
$402 - $534

Volkswagen Beetle Problems

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.

One or Both Head Lights May Not Work

One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.

Check Engine Light Due to Ignition Component/Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor Failure

Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.

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Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Can I have a remote starter put in my 'bug' ?? Thanks in advance (1 answer)

I'm reading about these "vipe SmartStart" apps and want to know more. Also, does a shop in my area put these in ?

Does my 99 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 manual have shocks, struts or both? (1 answer)

What parts EXACTLY for replacing my suspension? Does my Beetle need struts, or are they shocks, or strut shocks? What combo goes in the front and what goes in the rear? I need clarity on the exact parts/options for a suspension refresh.
Thank you!

Was messing with fuse box crank one time Steele wines over but won't crank (1 answer)

Please let me know if you can help me

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Volkswagen Beetle Recalls

Brake Power Assist Failure

The brake power assist function may fail due to failure of the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump. Dealers will repair affected vehicles free of charge (the repair procedure is not available as of the time of this writing) to resolve the concern.

Potential Fuel Leak

The fuel rail is a tube that carries fuel to the fuel injectors. A sealing cap on the fuel rail may leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the affected fuel rail to correct this concern.

Potential Fuel Leak

A sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel rail on affected vehicles to correct this concern.

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Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

This is my third VW Beetle that I purchased since 1975. Great car to drive.
My very first car: a 2006 VW Beetle. About 101,000 on it when I bought it. I got into a small fender bender back in early April that required me to change the headlight and replace the front bumper. No problems. Except this is November now.And I am still having issues. Replacing the headlight took several months (because the first headlight replacement fell out in traffic on the feeder) and I s...
Currently driving my #7 Beetle ! And proud of it at 70 ! All the Beetles I've purchased for myself and my children over the years have been WONDERFUL. I currently drive a 2002 Beetle hatchback. I've read the comments and complaints, may I suggest. .....Research and find a reliable repair shop. Do ALL THE maintance as scheduled, use the CORRECT gas, oil and such. Maintain and care for your car...

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