Don't miss the repair shop
By Robinowitz on
1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback
There was no greater fan of this car
than me. I waited breathlessly for six
years after seeing the prototype to
buy it and loved it from the get go.
Then all hell broke loose...literally.
The whole A/C system had to be
replaced at 2 years ($1200), the
passenger seat lift lever broke off at
6 mos., the interior roof's
compartment door broke off within 2
months, the locking fuel tank door
broke around 2.5 yrs, the locking
mechanism started doing a
freakdance and a year after replacing
the A/C system, it went out again.
Had to dump it for the reliability of a
good ol' Nissan.
I'm a graphic designer, so there was
nothing I didn't adore about the look
of the car. (But did it have to be
made entirely of plastic?) Great front
seat headroom. Dug the layout of
the interior and funky features like the
bud vase and textured surfaces.
Get some quality control going on all
those plastic parts! Improve the
warranty if you're going to stick
people with a lemon. I feel suckered.