by christianhoy on Jul 16, 2013 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback
Well, it's been 14 years. Bought it new in June of '99 because it was the "futuristic looking concept car that you could drive". The silver beetle really took the cake, spurred on with the commercial "Reverse engineered from U.F.O.'s." Now 14 years later, it runs and looks like the day I bought it. I wanted all manual - so I got the GL. It's hauled all kinds of cargo - kayaks, canoes, fish aquariums, metal house roofing, it even tows a small sailboat. Get the factory roof rack. Have it serviced by a knowledgeable dealer every year, and keep up on the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual. No Problems, No Issues, just miles and miles of adventure and fun.
by roman_capps on Jun 8, 2013 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback
At first the beetle looks girly and cheap. girly to some, but cheap only in cosmetics. for the 13 years of it's life it has been ragged out by a teenage girl and my father. Both have been over revved before they change gears. my father changes gears at 9000 or 90000 revolutions (can't remember) and it sends chills up my spine when he goes up hills. Not one transmission replacement to me that is amazing it sits at 195k miles. Rockwell is a great company, only in mechanical. The cosmetics on this car are absolutely cheap and plastic the entire door panel has been torn off. It's true how Volkswagen has been given to the beetle it is truly the people's car.
by trazy on Jun 1, 2013 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback
I purchased mine back in 03' from a dealership with 35k miles. I just crossed the 110k mark.
So far I've had nothing I'd consider a "major" problem. At 90k miles the water pump went out. I also replaced the tensioner and belt. Yesterday it started misfiring bad and learned the coil pack had gone bad. I also replaced the spark plugs and the wires while having that replaced. Aside from that just changing the oil, brake pads, filters...etc. Only needing 2 sub $500 repairs in 10 years of ownership. To me, that's great.
Little things have broke though. Switches, trunk latch, knobs. But those are little DIY cheap repairs.
by savannahb on May 27, 2013 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback
We bought this car as a first car, and at first, it was great... Until about two months later when we spent $1200 on engine, heating, and oil repairs. (Mind you, $1200 is a little less than half of what we paid for it.) Then the buggy worked fine until the window rolled down and wouldn't roll back up... And the tail light bulb burst... And the battery kept dying. If I had the choice, I'd sell it to my now-well-known VW repair man for spare parts and buy a RELIABLE car.
by hulahips2 on Dec 18, 2012 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback
Love my buggie!!!!!!!!!!
I bought this used with approximately 55,000 miles on it back in 2010.
Now my mileage is @ 75,000 and it has held up nicely.
My buggie can move when I need it to, stop when I need it too.
Suspension is awesome!
I can fit into any stall with ease.
And i think the quality is top notch (excluding switches, etc.), however, the German glass is top notch, so is the body from rust and the door closes nicely.
in fact I really like the way VW makes the doors close, that certain sound it makes! LOL
I'm truly a VW believer.
by iloveu21 on Jan 23, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback
i 1st bought my car from a used dealership..i loved my buggy and was so excited...BUT the 1st week i bought my car my gadge for my gas was not telling me the proper amount of gas in my car since my car still had a warranty the dealer fixed it. 4 months after that my check engine light came on,and ever since then my car never has been the same...check engine light comes on sometimes for no reason, my cars alternator broke, my engine system broke, and i have gotten to a small car accident which just broke my radiator which just cost me $150...but still it was ridiculous and now after having it for just a year my transmission is DONE and now all that money wasted on fixing my car is nothing now
A high-performance turbo model debuts this year. A small spoiler over the rear window is the only exterior telltale that the Bug next to you has the 150-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four from the larger Passat sedan under the hood.