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Never Again
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By JJ
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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This my LAST VW. I have electrical problems galore. Now the headliner is coming off and some of the leather on the driver's door is coming unglued. What terrible quality for a German car, and VW won't stand behind their own work after a measly three years. I am going back to the Japanese cars. They know how to make quality and stand behind their products.


Best Features

Good looks.


Worst Features

Design and build a car to last. I had better quality from Detroit!


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Bugged Out
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By dbug
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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I have owned the car for two years. I bought it with 33k miles on it and it now has 86k. The major problem I had with the car was the plastic grill. A plastic highway cone hit the front grill and broke it. $3600 dollars worth of damage! Then a week after I got the car back the compressor failed. The VW dealership who did the work claimed that one didnít affect the other but since they had to take the entire front of the car apart it seems rather suspect. They want $1700 for a new compressor. Everything on the car is plastic and either breaks or falls off. I wonít be buying another VW product.


Worst Features

Use better parts.


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VW Luv my bug
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By NancyP
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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Okay, only owned it for 2 months, but what a joy to drive! Responsive in traffic- big plus. Shifting a breeze with the 5-speed. Cuter than cute! Safe, fun, performs when asked-- what more could you ask for?


Best Features

Style, easy access back seats, have I mentioned that it it sooo cute?


Worst Features

Two words- cup holders. What were they thinking? Not only under the dash, but break one and it'll cost you $49 to replace.


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Lotsa small problems
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By joeynemo
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback


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Fun car, a lot of Micky Mouse little things that fall apart; Cables, hoses, plastic bits. Everything is held together with plastic, while replacing normal wear and tear items the plastic just breaks during disassembly or reassemmbly. This car is not built to last very long. After 100k miles nothing major has needed to be done but it seems that is just around the corner. Has always burnt oil and has some hesitation while accelerating.


Best Features

The handling and smooth drive.


Worst Features

Quality parts and workmanship.


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Back to the future
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By LionJR
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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Highly reliable, efficient, fun to drive transportation. It is very adaptable to carrying people, pets, and lots of tailgating stuff. Gets more looks than my neighbor's BMW. Great gas mileage. A good car to run around town or travel distances. Finding good tires has been the only challenge.


Best Features

4 speed, low to the ground, corners well, great gas mileage, good sound system, body is easy to care for, great safety cage.


Worst Features

Better, larger, sun visors to cover more of the large windshield.


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