I am a three time bug owner starting with a type 1 "66. The VW bug has been well built (generally) and I have liked the philosophy of the design through the decades. They were originally built for function and became iconic and fun in simplicity.
Had this car 5 days will update later. 105 miles with approximately 5 gals used. I have been using it as a commuter car 20 miles average per day. 1/2 interstate the other Blvd/city driving. There is a driver side window issue. will not come up all the way all the time. It will work afar several attempts. Plan to take it back to the Dealer. Dealer was asked about the problem prior to purchased. However vaguely acknowledged it existed. The only problem...Yes. The 2.5L is a blast to drive good exceleration, large cabin for two, equipment works fine. I have bluetooth (easy to setup), iPod connectivity (works without instructions) and the radio sounds great (no Fender).
VW knew about the window problems, because the Convertible Bug had been plagued with them the entire run of the line. I traded in my 2004 Convertible Beetle for the new one because it seemed like the only way to fix the window problem once and for all. Now, here I am day one and I don't have my new car because it is back at the Dealership being "fixed". I'm lucky apparently because the Dealership I use has a great staff who really do their best to solve problems, but when the problem is the manufacturer... All I can say is avoid VW's. If anyone stops to ask me about the car, it isn't going to go well for the company.
Today I was so close to tears with my Red VW Turbo Beetle. I had all the problems stated from the reviews below... from the windows having a mind of their own the moment I got them from the dealership... up to injection fuel pump issues and being stuck only to have the same problem all over again in a week, after it's supposed to have been fixed... and some loose screw coming out of nowhere under the hood... Too many problems, if you ask me, from a supposedly brand new car. CRY !!! It's almost like being bullied by all these issues...by my own car. I head to leave my car in the dealership for a whole month (or more)... and this was with the car being less than 3 years. Also, my car has this odd stink coming from the vent... could it be me ? I dare not admit. Even the media jack inside the glove compartment had issues right from the beginning. This is my second VW Beetle and I am switching to another brand. The only thing that I enjoyed was the Fender sound system...
My 2012 Beetle is a blast to drive. It feels great in the curves and shoots out of them with a force. It very comfortable and the arrangment inside makes since and everything is handy for use. BIG PROBLEM - The drivers door automatic window does not function correctly. From day one it does not close all the way and takes 5-6 attempts to get it to go all the way up. It has been rained in two times already because of this. I took it to the dealer and they say there is no problem and if there is it's because of the window tint. I explained it has had a problem since day one and that there are numerous complaints across the internet regarding the same problem.
2.5L 2dr Hatchback With Sunroof, Sound, Navigation (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
Options on test vehicle
Naturally aspirated, port-injected inline-5
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
170 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
177 @ 4,250
Six-speed automatic with console shifter with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.04; II = 2.37; III = 1.56; IV = 1.16; V = 0.85; VI = 0.67; Reverse = 3.19; Final drive = 3.50
Went quickest in manual-shift mode, even though it still shifts for itself at 6,000 rpm just like in D and S. Power braking proved slower, as the wheelspin it enabled would upset the non-defeatable stability control. Manual shifting is via console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not blip throttle on downshifts nor hold gears to rev limiter.
Longish pedal travel but stable and secure stops. Lots of ABS commotion and strong brake odor by 4th stop. First stop was shortest at 122 feet; longest was 5th (out of six) at 127 feet.
Slalom: Strangely impressive and unexpectedly good. Steering doesn't provide much feedback but the chassis is tuned very well. Controlled body roll, and it turns in reasonably quickly and in a linear fashion. Non-defeatable ESC has high limits, only cutting in when you really toss it around. Seats have limited lateral support. Skid pad: Lots of understeer and minimal front grip. Steering doesn't give much in the way of feedback. Throttle adjustments also don't make much difference. Non-defeatable ESC a bit erratic in its intervention, as it massively stabs brakes and cuts throttle, then suddenly allows full power, which makes it tough to be smooth.