1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Not What They Used To Be

1999 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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Not What They Used To Be
By Rebecca on


1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback


This is my 4th Beetle and my favorite thing about the new Beetle is that the heater works. Here's a list of things that no longer work in the car; drivers side window no longer goes up and down, tape player stopped working, antenna fell off, passenger side window motor had to be replaced (as well as driver's side, but still doesn't work because the button broke off), side view mirror button broke off, trunk doesn't latch, hood latch occasionally doesn't work, locking gas door no longer locks, A/C no longer operating. This is unbelievable considering I am the only driver of this vehicle and am no kid. Also, most importantly its oil consumption worrisome at best.

Best Features

Reliability and it has a heater!

Worst Features

Lay off the "bells & whistles" until improvements are made.
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