Interior needs much improvement. Can't set taller cups in cup holders and cup stabilizers keep getting lost and drinks spill over. I purchased it as 3rd owner. Would love to have a diesel with convertible top but the diesel smell needs to be controlled somehow. Michelin tires look good on it. Love the shiny finish.
I love to drive it. It is roomy. Love the moonroof, leather seats and power equipment (windows, mirrors (heated)). The diesel gets such great fuel mileage.
Dash and entire door panels need to be better material, peels off, scratches and looks bad with just normal wear and tear. The gas door and trunk release is constantly in need of fix. The VW hubcaps keep falling off so need a better way to attaching them. I have endured much pain with so MANY REPAIRS
This has been a terrific car, very durable and reliable and looking good doing it. My kids don't ever complain about being cramped although I think they probably are. It's cozy and all their friends love it. With the sunroof and windows open, it's like a convertible, too, fun and loud, and like a party ready to go. Even though the car is now 6 + years old, it still attracts attention, and not just from kids, although kids really love it. It gets 45 mpg in mixed use, typically. I've never had problems here in Detroit with the cold weather and diesel. The diesel is quiet and pleasant sounding in normal use, and has a higher pitch singing sound when you hammer it to kick in the turbo.
My favorite features are the engine and the manual transmission. The diesel engine has tremendous power and runs like nobody's business even with a full load, including a loaded roof rack loaded up. Also, it is expertly nimble and easy to handle, and has a really nice 5-speed manual.
Those rinky dink cup holders jammed under the dash have to go. They take some getting used to, and you have to adapt to them - it's a skill that's learned, similar to the learning curve for tossing in the child seat. VW should figure out a way to have the seat fold down more neatly, too.
I have wanted a Volkswagen Beetle since they came out, and I finally got one last year. I admit it is a fun car, but having to replace the turbo already (before I made the first payment!) and having strange transmission problems, I don't know that I would buy another one. I would absolutely reccomend buying from a dealer, and spending the extra for the extended warranty! The inside is incredibly cheap and easily broken, but the cute flower holder makes up for part of that! It is still fun to drive, but it's going to my husband to drive the commute in, and I'm getting something different!
I like how it is different from everything else out there! It comes in cute colors and has a great sound system.
I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but the interior stinks! Can we get better quality please?
Interior is covered in a plastic like
material that peals off. If if wasn't
for the 43 MPG I would turn it loose.
The mileage is the only redeaming
feature. Arm Rest latch has broken 3
times, cost $58 to fix at dealer
cost...so that remains unfixed.
Factory car mats are garbage. Cup
holders can not be used at all. If you
do use the one in the console, it
cracks...all four are cracked now. If
you spill coke or coffee, it eats away
the finish on the cups...
Fuel Economy...although every single
owner of a diesel that I have ever met
tell me they get better than the 42 mpg
Recall the interior parts that are
defective and replace them...
Handles extremely well. It's not a
sports car, but you're never lacking
for power. Great gas mileage makes
this a terrific commuter car for me.
Even though it's a diesel, it isn't
noisy. It has extra headroom
(important for tall guys like me).
Extras, such as the alloy wheels,
carbon trim, side airbags, rear disk
brakes, electic windows/locks are all
standard features. Hey, it really is
fun to drive!
50 Mile per gallon! You only have to
fill the tank once a month.
The cup holders are the only negative
I have found so far. They stick a bit
and the liner sometimes pops out.