2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Don't buy a car because of its
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2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible - Consumer Review

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Don't buy a car because of its color
By Araxie on

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2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A)

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I saw the VW New Beetle one day in the the Harvest Moon Beige color and thought it was so cute that I had to get one. The car was purchased in early Sept., when the temperatures dropped below 34 degrees, it wouldn't start and would go in auto theft mode. The first of three months of ownership were a nightmare. The instrument cluster was replaced after the service dept. believed my story about the temp drop being the factor (after being towed there 3 times). A tail light burned out within four months of ownership. The dash board squeaks, moans and groans like it is going to fall off. There is a horrible blind spot when trying to merge into traffic with the top up. I wouldn't recommend this car.

Best Features

I love the color, the automatic sunroof, and the seat warmers.

Worst Features

Poor lighting up front, useless cupholders, key difficult to remove, sound system is fine, but speakers vibrate horribly even at low volume. Owner's manual is difficult to page through. Gas mileage isn't very impressive.
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