1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T Turbo 2dr Hatchback
I was so excited when I bought my
Beetle. I had wanted one since they
came out in 1998. I had about a good 2
months until I realized the air
conditioning didn't work, which was
just the beginning of my repair woes.
I have had my car in THREE times to
have the air conditioner fixed along
with the windows and window switches,
the gas and trunk hatches, the
temperature guage, and other problems.
In the two years I owned this car, I
took it to have it fixed TEN TIMES. My
clutch went out and it cost $1400 to
have it fixed. The week after that, my
check engine light came on. I sold
that lemon and bought a Civic Si.
It's a fun car with lots of
personality. I LOVED the turbo charged
engine. That car can outrun just about
any sports car on the road. I loved
the seat warmers, the roomy,
comfortable interior and, the
blue/purple interior lights. All the
standard power features are nice, too.
Change the cheap-looking plastic on
the inside. The mechanical stuff is so
hard to get at that it's hard to find
a non-VW service mechanic. Make
something that doesn't break all the
You can spend millions if not billions
on quirky,Mtv like commercials, but you
can't build a quality car?I have to say
it is by far the worse car I have ever
owned.This is coming from a guy who has
owned three Saab 900's.Why is this?
Well,Everything falls apart,everything
from the side mirrors to the shift
knob, to the gas door, to the window
switches, to the melted fuses to the
terrible radio(hasn't worked in a year)
My favorite thing about this car is it
is not an Audi, it would have burnt
down on the side of the road from an
electrical fire years ago. Trading it
in on a used Volvo.
Dump this model, you blew it in
the '70s and you're blowing it
now.Sales are down 25%,wake up and
smell the oil. Reallocate that
advertising budget to get back to
making the People's Car(Volkswagen).Try
this new slogan:"Engineers Wanted"
While it was love at first sight, the
affair turned out to fade with higher
maintenance costs than my second wife.
The Dick Dean has a shabby, little
practice of adding 10% more to the
overall price as a 'market adjustment",
which since cured me of ever buying a
VW from them again.
Their only saving grace is their
service department, which treats
customers as if they matter. The only
problem with the service department, is
I see too much of them. After 32,000
miles, every thing on the car started
falling apart, or needed replacing at
Now that the romance has faded, I will
never fall in love again with anything
on the lot at Dick Dean VW.
Love the design inside and out. Great
technology for a small hatchback, just
not reliable enough to appreciate a
minute longer than the warranty.
VW needs to audit their dealers on
sales practices and either raise
prices/margins or do away with "market
adjustments". VW designers need to
figure out how to improve the product
reliability in their gee-thats-neat
bought my little GLS used with 40000
miles on it, and no problems to tell
you about...As stated in other reviews,
the cupholders need work, needs a
bigger windshield mirror, and the
2.0GLS needs a 6 speed tranny...the 5
speed revs at 4000 rpms at 80 mph,
sounds like the engine is going to
blow!...All together, a very fun,
reliable, gas worthly car to drive.
style, corners like it's on rails,
great on gas
6 speed transmission for 2.0 GLS.
Armrest in center console.