If well maintained, the basic mechanical systems of the New Beetle should perform well for over 300,000 miles.

The required intensity of maintenance and/or restoration will depend on the condition of the acquired vehicle.

  • Stage 1 routine service: fluids and parts with limited service life, all models
  • Stage 2 engine specific overhaul (excluding turbocharger)
  • Stage 3 turbocharger rebuild (1.8T engine only)
  • Stage 4 1.8T AWP engine block rebuild
  • Stage 5 optional performance upgrades

Stage 1 routine service

The following list does not include engine-specific items; Stage 1 parts cost about $850.

STAGE 1 – ROUTINE SERVICESpecificationAmountCost
power steering synthetic fluidPentosin CHF 11S2 liters$40
brake fluidDOT42 liters$20
coolantG132 gallons$30
washer fluidRain-X1 gallon$5
battery AGMOptima REDTOP1$235
tire pressure sensors (4)1K0 907 253 D4$140
cabin fresh air filter1J0 819 6441$15
wiper blades, front set900211BKT2 blades, one set$23
brake pads, front and rear1J0 698 151 K KT3one kit$150
front wheel bearings (2)1J0 498 6252$78
rear wheel hub, bearing, ABS (2)1J0 501 477 A2$94

Spare tire storage in the Beetle Ute, while possible, is rather inconvenient since the cargo bed must be removed to access the wheel hold underneath. If the spare tire is eliminated, working tire pressure sensors become a more critical safety feature.

Front power window regulators (P/N 1CO 837 656 C @ $55 each) and front headlight gaskets (P/N 1C0 941 119 @ $38 each) have reported high failure rates and may need to be replaced.

Stage 2 engine specific overhaul

Stage 3 turbocharger rebuild

Turbocharger parts, specific to the 1.8L engine in the Turbo S model, are expensive and a complete restoration/replacement costs about $2,500.

#DescriptionPart numberCost
1turbocharger06A 145 713 Fsee DKT kit
1aturbocharger, installation kit06A 145 713 DKT$835
2turbocharger bracket06A 145 536 B$39
3duct, air intakeTB1523RED$200
4valve, pressure (PVC) 19mm034 129 101 B$40
5waste gate frequency control valve06A 906 283 E$92
6pressure control line8L0 145 718 C$91
7boost pressure control line06A 145 712 C$73
8coolant pipe
9turbo oil feed line, braided06A 145 778 D$150
10turbo oil return line, braided06A 145 735 AA$160
11gasket, upper oil return line058 145 757 C$5
11gasket, lower oil return line058 145 757 A$4
12coolant line, braided06A 121 497
13intercooler (no longer available)1C0 145 803
14mounting bracket, upper1C0 145 808 A
15air duct1C0 121 467 J$36
16hose, intercooler pressure1C0 145 838 A$135
17hose connector1J0 145 834 A$20
18tube, charge air1C0 145 840 A$86
18avalve, cut-off06A 145 710 N
19pipe assembly, pressure outlet06A 145 790 C$140
20heat shield, outlet pipe (see 19)06A 145 867 Fincl #19
21heat shield, pressure pipe06A 145 867 E
22duct, air intake
23duct, air06A 145 893 E
24pipe, pressure (hard boost)06A 145 731 F$147
25hose, pressure06A 145 832 C$68
26mounting bracket, lower06A 145 756 A