This review is for an '01 1.8T New Beetle (Auto), GLS trim with 17" rims, sports suspension, leather (heated) seating, steering wheel & shifter, and sunroof. At 50k miles, the ECU was chipped to 1 BAR. Now at 168k miles I must say my NB's been an excellent vehicle. The only items fixed under warranty were coil-packs and a MAF sensor. I replaced the Cam Chain Tensioner, 2 Oxygen/1 MAF sensors, valve cover gasket and a few hoses at 154k miles. Otherwise, everything else works! (Knock on wood!) I guess I'm lucky as the NB is not rated highly for reliability. But with my other cars, I do my own maintenance/repair and follow the scheduled maintenance very closely. Hope it'll go beyond 200k miles!
Very nice design work - in and out - by J. Mays. Very roomy for front passengers. Huge dash board. Big cargo area w/rear bench folded down. Peppy turbocharged engine. Loaded to the gills with safety features - front/side airbags, ABS, EBD, ASR and throttle override when depressing the brake pedal.
Better noise insulation (door seals, engine). Lumbar support. More scalable seat heater. Independent rear suspension. And bring a Super New Beetle on the Mk6 platform as well as the Microbus.