By heme3 on
2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Good 2 go for a second "fun" car. Purchased used from a VW dealer, everything seems to be fine. Solid ride, little 2.0 engine runs on the cheap gas, convertible works very nicely. By far the coolest convertible you can pick up nowadays for $17K. If you want to go fast, buy something else. This car is for cruising. Almost bought the turbo version, used price is about the same, but the 1.8 turbo engine only runs on 93+ octane. Actually, the 2.0 engine seemed smoother than the 1.8 turbo with the automatic trans. 1.8 turbo with manual was best, tho. New 2.5 engine with automatic is perfect, but was out of my price range.
Factory sound system is excellent. VW sells a flashlight that fits into the cigarette lighter - get it, it's too cool.
Power top sometimes doesn't want to go all the way down. Fiddle with the button for 2 seconds and it plays ball just fine.