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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback

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Calling Dr.Porsche
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By BuySwedish
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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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)


Favorite Features

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.


Suggested Improvements

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"


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ode to a new beetle
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By lansing
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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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 $92/hour. Now that the romance has faded, I will never fall in love again with anything on the lot at Dick Dean VW.


Favorite Features

Love the design inside and out. Great technology for a small hatchback, just not reliable enough to appreciate a minute longer than the warranty.


Suggested Improvements

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 technology.


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Owners found short love affair
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By Terry Poole
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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This car started out as a gem. The problem experienced are the same as most bug owners( window switch, window track, mirror knob, dead battery, trim coming off, abnormal tire wear, The worst being it burns oil and intermittantly runs hot. The dealers cant seem to correct the the last two issues.


Favorite Features

The side airbags, it rides well, auto locking doors, nice paint, many standard feature found in more expensive cars.


Suggested Improvements

I dont think that VW ever owned up to all the issues with the new beetles. Most owners like myself found the car to be sub par. The look and the ride are great but the long time quality factors are not present.


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Bought mine used and no problems
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By Bananarama
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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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.


Favorite Features

style, corners like it's on rails, great on gas


Suggested Improvements

6 speed transmission for 2.0 GLS. Cupholders Armrest in center console.


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Save Yourself
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By Thomas Davis
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLX 1.8T Turbo 2dr Hatchback


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The reliablity of this model is far below expectations, requiring over $5,000 of repairs in the past 4 years especially exhaust windows and amenities and gear shift/gear train. Stay away from this lemon!


Favorite Features

fun to drive, but like most good looking girls it wa difficult to live with


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