Turbo Diesel has been great
By Al on
2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDi 2dr Hatchback
I've now had my turbo diesel bug for 3 years. Great commuter car. Very roomy 4 a small car. Lots of headroom. The gas mileage is outstanding (40 -45 MPG) and the car is fun to drive. Downside is key system is expensive to replace, & the engine immobilizer is tied to the battery, which has left me stranded when I replaced the battery earlier this year w/o knowing the secret of doing it. The reliance on electronics has been a minor annoyance, with the entire dash going out (under warranty) once.If you are looking for a fun car to commute with, this is probably it. No repairs needed on it between 16k & 50k. Don't buy it for short trip use. Needs 5 miles to warm up. I commute 15 miles each way.
Good seats. Great mileage. Great room for a small car. Has great traction in the snow, even deeper snow.
Do away with the expensive key system. Better light in the hatchback area needed.