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LOVE MY BUG by Ron on 04/05/2005. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GL, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Drives great in snow great looking car great gas mileage handles very smooth
Cons: small trunk
Overall review: AWESOME CAR
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Beetle Bella by So. Cal on 03/22/2008. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2.0, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Reasonable on gas, I get at least 25 and the most 30 mpg's. The tires have lasted me 5 years now and I got the car used. No engine trouble, nice body design and appealing console color. I got my car at VW Commonwealth and HB VW always treated me well during services checks.
Cons: Useless cupholders, the armrest between the driver and passenger is a bad design, doesn't hold much. Consumes oil, need to check oil level every 1.5K. The brake light switch recalled 4 times, couldn't get out of park 3 times because of it.
Overall review: Can't relate with the complaints by others, I have much pride in my car since the day I got it 5 years ago. The oil is changed every 3K miles, use 87 gas and rarely allow it to approach empty. It does get serviced every year. No regrets at all, my car makes me smile.
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Pretty good by An MSN Autos Consumer on 01/02/2006. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Acceleration, braking, style, reliability, good overall performance
Cons: cup holder positioning, poor interior design, poor manufacturing
Overall review: Overall, this is a pretty good car. Performance is great; however, things are always breaking on this car (radio buttons, power window switches, fuel tank cover, etc). They need to start manufacturing the car in Germany rather than in Mexico, since VW is a German company.
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Not worth the trouble by CCM from Birmingham, AL on 07/20/2004. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2.0, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Fun and cute.
Cons: Although Cute and Fun to drive VERY expensive to maintain. After the first 2 or 3 years expect to pay about $300.00 a MONTH in additional out of warranty repairs from the sensors that control your cooling system to the air conditioner!! Certified repair shops are so back logged expect to wait at least a week to have them done and factor in rental cars to the budget if you have to have transportation.
Overall review: initially you think you have a good car but they are not built to last. Don't walk.... RUN Run as fast as you can from these cars!
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Heads Up by Bugged Out from Rural Kansas on 06/18/2009. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDI, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Stellar mileage! TDI motor gets 48(hwy)/38(city). Front seats are comfortable on long trips. Lots of head room and leg room as well (but only in the front). Low end torque makes it responsive for a 90hp vehicle. The stock sound system is good quality. Has 175,000 miles and uses no oil. Hatchback makes for a surprising amount of utility space.
Cons: Body integrity/design flaws (can't change the headlights without breaking the housing, useless cupholders), high maintenance (timing belt, water pump, tensioner, rollers, all need to be replaced every 60k miles...a surgery that costs at least $800 every time) and LOTS of unexpected problems (failed ignition switch, o-ring seals leaking coolant, defective instrument cluster that cost over a thousand dollars for diagnosis, parts, and labor). Plus it's difficult to find a mechanic in the midwest, and even tougher to find one that won't charge you an arm and a leg.
Overall review: If you're looking to own an economical piece of pop culture, be my guest. Just be sure you live near a mechanic. If you're looking for an economical and RELIABLE compact car, I'd look to Toyota, Honda, or Subaru if I were you.
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