2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Ode to Jerry

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Ode to Jerry
By Greta427 on


2001 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


This car is not for anyone who can't handle a few (well okay, a lot) of quirks. Having driven this daily for three years and put 100K miles on it in that time I would describe this as a reliable car. Word to the wise all VW's have a timing belt, if it blows, chances are so will your engine :( I loved this car. It was super fun to drive, had lots of zip for a 4 cyl and with low annual maint costs. Keep up with the maint and you will have little to no serious issues. I would highly suggest replacing the timing belt sooner than recommended just in case. Overall, my beetle, Jerry was very dependable with few "real" problems. Check engine light was always on due to fault O2 sensor.

Best Features

Fun to drive. Lots of headroom. Front seat pushed all the way up both front and upwards. At 5'4 I could almost stand in the backseat! Heated CLOTH seats were a nice surprise. Full size spare tire!

Worst Features

VW needs to get with the program. Get rid of the stupid timing belt and replace with a timing chain. No one wants to blow their engine over a belt! Fix the electrical bugs that keep the check engine light on when nothing is really "wrong" with the vehicle.
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