2000 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Solid, zippy, reliable, 48mpg(

2000 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS TDi 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbodiesel 5-speed Manual)

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Solid, zippy, reliable, 48mpg(70%hwy) -54mpg(95%hwy) stock!
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2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDi 2dr Hatchback


I bought my 2000 Beetle tdi in 10/11 with 110k. It is now 12/12 and after getting a job as a courier recently, I have put about 40k miles on it. Zero break downs. Since I've owned it;
1. had to replace starter
2. AC compressor failed
3. Cruise control failed
4. stock speakers all blown (I listen to jazz & NPR so lil disappointing)
5. original shocks/struts really wearing out...

Not perfect but damn good where it counts. The interior panels and dash are cheap and look awful but the seats are comfy. I sit in it 6hrs a day now & am very pleased with the lumbar support. Eng hums @ 70-80 and through rolling hills of Pittsburgh, I got 48mpg b4 w/ a 24mi trip to work now 50+ nearly all hwy.

Best Features

Handling. I can lift my foot off the clutch and take off on a 15 degree incline from a stop with no right foot.

Worst Features

Too much head room. I am 6' and have 6" of space above me! A chop top would mean even more mpg! Plastic interior components scratch and crack.
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