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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback

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Heartbreaker
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By RachieSLC
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 1.8T Turbo 2dr Hatchback


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I was so excited when I bought my
Beetle. I had wanted one since they
came out in 1998. I had about a good 2
months until I realized the air
conditioning didn't work, which was
just the beginning of my repair woes.
I have had my car in THREE times to
have the air conditioner fixed along
with the windows and window switches,
the gas and trunk hatches, the
temperature guage, and other problems.
In the two years I owned this car, I
took it to have it fixed TEN TIMES. My
clutch went out and it cost $1400 to
have it fixed. The week after that, my
check engine light came on. I sold
that lemon and bought a Civic Si.


Best Features

It's a fun car with lots of personality. I LOVED the turbo charged engine. That car can outrun just about any sports car on the road. I loved the seat warmers, the roomy, comfortable interior and, the blue/purple interior lights. All the standard power features are nice, too.


Worst Features

Change the cheap-looking plastic on the inside. The mechanical stuff is so hard to get at that it's hard to find a non-VW service mechanic. Make something that doesn't break all the time.


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love bugs
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By mssktty18
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback


Review

Its wonderful fun to drive,You don't
have to worry every week about filling
your gas tank.its great!They drive
quite and run wonderfully.


Best Features

The vase,and the awesome dash lights


Worst Features

sun roof on all models


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Calling Dr.Porsche
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By BuySwedish
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


Review

You can spend millions if not billions
on quirky,Mtv like commercials, but you
can't build a quality car?I have to say
it is by far the worse car I have ever
owned.This is coming from a guy who has
owned three Saab 900's.Why is this?
Well,Everything falls apart,everything
from the side mirrors to the shift
knob, to the gas door, to the window
switches, to the melted fuses to the
terrible radio(hasn't worked in a year)


Best Features

My favorite thing about this car is it is not an Audi, it would have burnt down on the side of the road from an electrical fire years ago. Trading it in on a used Volvo.


Worst Features

Dump this model, you blew it in the '70s and you're blowing it now.Sales are down 25%,wake up and smell the oil. Reallocate that advertising budget to get back to making the People's Car(Volkswagen).Try this new slogan:"Engineers Wanted"


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ode to a new beetle
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By lansing
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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While it was love at first sight, the
affair turned out to fade with higher
maintenance costs than my second wife.
The Dick Dean has a shabby, little
practice of adding 10% more to the
overall price as a 'market adjustment",
which since cured me of ever buying a
VW from them again.
Their only saving grace is their
service department, which treats
customers as if they matter. The only
problem with the service department, is
I see too much of them. After 32,000
miles, every thing on the car started
falling apart, or needed replacing at
$92/hour.
Now that the romance has faded, I will
never fall in love again with anything
on the lot at Dick Dean VW.


Best Features

Love the design inside and out. Great technology for a small hatchback, just not reliable enough to appreciate a minute longer than the warranty.


Worst Features

VW needs to audit their dealers on sales practices and either raise prices/margins or do away with "market adjustments". VW designers need to figure out how to improve the product reliability in their gee-thats-neat technology.


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Owners found short love affair
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By Terry Poole
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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback


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This car started out as a gem. The
problem experienced are the same as
most bug owners( window switch, window
track, mirror knob, dead battery, trim
coming off, abnormal tire wear, The
worst being it burns oil and
intermittantly runs hot. The dealers
cant seem to correct the the last two
issues.


Best Features

The side airbags, it rides well, auto locking doors, nice paint, many standard feature found in more expensive cars.


Worst Features

I dont think that VW ever owned up to all the issues with the new beetles. Most owners like myself found the car to be sub par. The look and the ride are great but the long time quality factors are not present.


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