2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Don't Even Think About It!

2006 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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Don't Even Think About It!
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2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5 PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


Let's start with the blinds spots: there are plenty - front and rear. Also, there is no light for the back seat, no leg room for my passengers there either, and I am only 5'10". The mirror adjustment is chintzy. Why doesn't the top stow away? Latching the roof is hard to do but that's okay because so is the trunk. The air conditioning is not very strong and the louvres are a joke. The car is fun at 30 miles per hour, but if you go faster the road noise (wind) will challege the sound system. Gas mileage? Try 18 mpg, can you believe it? The transmission is nice and loose ( I mean slipping). I guess this is why the finance man said that nobody keeps them after their two-year lease is up! Who could blame them? How about power seats?

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Buy another car? The transmission and wind noise are terrible. My car has water leakage past the windows and terrible blinds spots in the front and rear. It needs better lights for the rear passengers, a power top (come on a real one!), and Lumbar power seats. It should have better looks, better quality, improved mirror controls, a better stereo, and DVD navigation.
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