2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - A good value and fun!

2005 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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A good value and fun!
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2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


My second bug and not as sprightly as my '01 Turbo coupe. It's a very heavy small car (3200 lbs.) and has a solid road feel. Even with the 1.8t and the 5 speed it craves another 30-40 hp. Fuel economy is not great. (EPA is 25 city-30 hwy.) My best mileage is only 24.2 mpg in mostly highway driving. You might get 30 mpg-if you still drive 55 mph on the freeway! With a lead foot in town you can expect about 21-22 mpg. The culprit is the gearing; it's "short" in order to aid acceleration but the engine turns over a fuel-wasting 3700 rpm at 80 mph! An overdrive 6th gear would help mpg and noise! Otherwise it is a fun, solidly built convertible with a tight top. No troubles at 5K miles.

Favorite Features

The 17" wheel & tire package--a steal at $400! Also the "sport seats" look great but they are a little narrow for us big guys. Generates comments everywhere you go and guys get to meet a lot of cute women who want one! (But do they question your manhood for driving one!?!?) The debate rages on!

Suggested Improvements

The trunk lid is hard to close and there's no handle or button so it smudges with fingerprints where you open it--annoying after a detail job! "Auto drop" windows (which lower when opening doors) need to work more quickly. Better fuel economy. More hp and a 6th gear would help this car immensely!
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