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