2000 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Electrical Faults

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By mark wheeler on


2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T Turbo 2dr Hatchback


My 2000 Volkswagen Beetle is fun to drive, but has had multiple electrical problems. The gas cap release failed at 250 miles followed by the driver's window motor at 12 months, 6 days and 7,500 miles, followed by the battery at 23 months, the speaker wiring at three years and the radio at four years. The dealer tried to make me cover the window motor because I was six days out of warranty but I shamed him into doing it gratis. I plan on replacing the VW with a more reliable Japanese car.

Best Features

Pleasant, comfortable interior design, good acceleration and handling, and nice fit and finish.

Worst Features

The electrical system definitely needs work. The passenger headrest is strategically located to obscure the view out the rear seat side window. The mileage is mildly disappointing, 23 mpg city, 29 mpg highway.
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