2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Bug is fun, but not practical

2001 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Bug is fun, but not practical
By mollyfied on


2001 Volkswagen New Beetle GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


My husband bought me a 2001 turbo
Beetle for Mother's Day. Although it's
been great fun, having to get out of
the car and pull up the seat every day,
several times a day, to let our
daughter out of the back seat quickly
becomes a drag -- as does the five-
speed manual stick.

The performance has been good, although
we had repeated problems with the
ignition. The car would just turn over,
and then die. This happened fairly
frequently, but of course, not at the
dealership. They didn't repair it.

I'm trading it in for a VW Passat wagon.

Best Features

Fun look, responsive drive.

Worst Features

Very poor visibility when backing out of a parking stall!! Black cloth interior is awful - always looks dirty and collects dust.
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