2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
If it were yellow, it would be a lemon...instead I bought my wife a lime (green) for her 40th birthday. I believed that German engineering would provide us a good quality car that we could keep for 10+ years. Instead, I have had to sue under the lemon law for our horrible experience. The transmission still not fixed, the sound system rattles, marker lights fall out and dangle from the cords, gaskets come loose and the plastic parts break with ease. It is fun to drive with the top down, but is uncomfortable, gets poor mileage (24 mph, not 30 as advertised) is noisy and just feels cheap. There is also no storage anywhere in the car. This is not a car that will last. What a disappointment!
The exterior design is really cool. The automatic stick (now that it works again) is fun. The top is simple to put up and down. The car draws a lot of attention anywhere we go...especially from the ladies. This definitely is not a man's car...especially with a daisy in the vase!
Improve interior design and comfort. Expand the trunk space. Reinforce the cheap plastic parts everywhere. Redesign the convertible mechanism to cover the closed top with a boot and secure it. Change the surface of the dashboard; the rough texture traps dirt and dust and is very difficult to clean.
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