1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Don't miss the repair shop

1999 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Don't miss the repair shop
By Robinowitz on


1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback


There was no greater fan of this car
than me. I waited breathlessly for six
years after seeing the prototype to
buy it and loved it from the get go.
Then all hell broke loose...literally.
The whole A/C system had to be
replaced at 2 years ($1200), the
passenger seat lift lever broke off at
6 mos., the interior roof's
compartment door broke off within 2
months, the locking fuel tank door
broke around 2.5 yrs, the locking
mechanism started doing a
freakdance and a year after replacing
the A/C system, it went out again.
Had to dump it for the reliability of a
good ol' Nissan.

Best Features

I'm a graphic designer, so there was nothing I didn't adore about the look of the car. (But did it have to be made entirely of plastic?) Great front seat headroom. Dug the layout of the interior and funky features like the bud vase and textured surfaces.

Worst Features

Get some quality control going on all those plastic parts! Improve the warranty if you're going to stick people with a lemon. I feel suckered.
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