by cademan1 on Nov 11, 2009 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle
I bought this car as a computer just before gas went crazy the first time in '03. I'm a big guy and I fit very well. I didn't want to but Japanese. I should have recognized the omen of the check engine light coming on during the test drive. The car is regularly in the shop. The dealer cashier knows my voice on the phone without me telling her. The VW dealer could never fix it the first time usually taking three times until I gave up. The independent shop is marginally better, mostly because he costs about 50% less.
by diesel on Aug 18, 2006 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle
After seven years of daily use, I am still very happy with my Beetle. Other New Beetles have had reliability problems, but I have had no problems with the engine or transmission. I have had minor problems with the window switches breaking, but the replacements seem to have held up. This is a much better engine than the 2.0L gas, and it gives far better economy. The downside is whenever we go somewhere I always have to drive!
by lucy99 on Dec 1, 2003 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle
Just like every other Beetle owner
i've talked to, I have had nothing but
problems with this car. Besides the
horrible designs on the inside (cd
changer in the trunk, cup holders
unreachable, giant blind spots in
every corner), i find new problems
every day. After slightly over 3
years, we had to buy a new engine and
there's been even more problems since
we got it. There has been too many
recalled parts to even count. The
dealers are horrible and have broken
more stuff than they have fixed. I
just traded in this timebomb for a
reliable toyota and will never buy
by Manu/nothias on Jun 12, 2003 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle
Lots of head turning, and a fast bug with 49
mpg. Could not have asked more.
Have some interior youth defaults, fixed on
the newer models. 83000 miles and still
going like new. Love passing on the left
lane, and seing the SUV stopping for gas.
Love that Bug even if I did not really want
one, was the only TDi on the lot.
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