I bought my 2000 Beetle tdi in 10/11 with 110k. It is now 12/12 and after getting a job as a courier recently, I have put about 40k miles on it. Zero break downs. Since I've owned it;
1. had to replace starter
2. AC compressor failed
3. Cruise control failed
4. stock speakers all blown (I listen to jazz & NPR so lil disappointing)
5. original shocks/struts really wearing out...
Not perfect but damn good where it counts. The interior panels and dash are cheap and look awful but the seats are comfy. I sit in it 6hrs a day now & am very pleased with the lumbar support. Eng hums @ 70-80 and through rolling hills of Pittsburgh, I got 48mpg b4 w/ a 24mi trip to work now 50+ nearly all hwy.
I can lift my foot off the clutch and take off on a 15 degree incline from a stop with no right foot.
Too much head room. I am 6' and have 6" of space above me! A chop top would mean even more mpg! Plastic interior components scratch and crack.