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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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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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BRANDY"S OPINION by Brandy in NMB, SC on 06/07/2009. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2.0, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I love my 2000 VW New Beetle. It's a great little car that gets me where I need to go. It's a smooth and dependable ride. I also like the hatchback feature. You's be amazed at what can fit in such a seemingly small car.
Cons: I only have a couple of complaints. One is the trunk/gas buttons on the driver door no longer work. It makes the sound but neither actually opens. Two is the sunroof kicked out the first month I owned this car.
Overall review: Great car!!!!!! Even my BF likes to drive it.!! MY only upgrade would be a convertible beetle!
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How to make friends with a tow truck driver. by Heather Sewell, NJ on 02/23/2008. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2.0, Owned 8 years.
Pros: Back when I was in college I was a sucker for the Beetle's style. It was a cute car, had a tight turning radius, and I liked the flower vase, sunroof, all the things that are ancillary.
Cons: Let's put it this way, the AAA tow truck driver got to know me on a first-name basis when I owned this car. I sank way too much money into this car. Aside from repairing the water pump twice, 2 alternators, 2 VW branded batteries (before I wised up and got a die hard), headlights that cost $55 a bulb to replace that went dead every two years, terrible customer service from VW, a scungy slimy sales rep, and many many more problems and troubles. I traded the car in with $6k worth of things that needed to be replaced (including every last expensive sensor that I already had replaced) I was tickled pink when Saturn gave me 4k trade in value.
Overall review: Worst car ever. Worst car company ever. Don't fall for the "cute" car design.
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The Worst Vagen by Sorry with Sharretts on 02/12/2008. Trim: 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T, Owned 4 years.
Pros: A lot, at first. Handling, acceleration,etc.
Cons: It's touchy. I've only got 32K on the thing and it took a new catalytic converter (free of charge to me, but) something is always going wrong with it, it's a touchy bugger and I'm really beginning to hate it. You can't take it on a trip anywhere without the "check engine" light coming on; it's either a lemon or they're all that bad and I bought it used/certified from a VW dealer. Be very careful, somebody told me to avoid all of them manufactured prior to 2003. Wish I'd known that before I purchased it; I'd have gotten another used Saab (they are reliable). Also expensive to operate, requires 93 octane fuel and oil changes every 3K. Not the best fuel economy. What a waste of money and time!
Overall review: Be very careful before buying one of these cars, I'd never do it again, it's been nothing but grief.
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