1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: ode to a new beetle

1999 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback - Consumer Review

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ode to a new beetle
By lansing on


1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback


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
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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