Fun to drive when its not in the shop
By EmHeCo on
2001 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I got this car about a year ago as a graduation gift. With in the first two months the entire instrument panel went kaput. $700+ to replace. Found out, windshield whipper motor was burned out. Air conditioning went out. Then the gas door broke off, struts went, oil pan failed. Now...exactly a year later, its in the shop again. Head gasket, started and something else needing to be replaced after car overheated and broke down. I am not hard on her, I take good care of her, always oiled. But I have now put almost $4000 in to her. I admit it is really fun to drive, turns on a dime, parks like a dream and has some kick. When she isn't up on the lift.
Sporty handling, turns on a dime, corners great and sounds great for a 4 cylinder when going through the gears
Build quality, complete electronics make over, cup holders are just about useless, plastic breaks easily, and greater ground clearance.