Bought the Beetle in August of 2002 with 6 miles on it. 4 days later, the climate control went out and it was 6 months before they could fix, so we were with a broken moon roof. The oil pan has busted twice and the transmission won't go directly from park to reverse, without first droppin it into 1st then going slowly back to reverse. The dealer says nothing is wrong. The driver side seat had to be replaced and cost $500. The windows go up when you want them down, and the driver's door only opens from the outside when you ask it nicely. Other than that, I love the car. But I'm not sure the good cancels out all the bad.
The pep and styling of the car. Handles GREAT.
Better quality. More practical cupholders. Put VW dealerships every 20 miles so you can stop when needed.