2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Great fun-to-drive automobile

2001 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great fun-to-drive automobile
By Patrick on


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


I have been driving for more than two years and this is my favorite car. The authentic volkswagen sound, the internal computer, and the comfort level are amazing. The ECU could use some work however as it limits the revs and it changes the shifting pattern too often (due to adaptive transmission). The winter driving is ok as long as you do not give it too much gas, and you can even drop it down into 1st or second gear for better stability and torque. The flaws I do not agree with are the window motors, as they wear out quite easily. The O2 sensors go quite quickly as well, we have had the car for about 8 years and it has gone through over 14 O2 sensors. The handling is very good on turns.

Best Features

Heated Seats, ABS, acceleration, cruise control, and the little noise the engine makes when running.

Worst Features

The car's exhaust produces a very loud low rumble when idling, which is able to be heard by neighbors down the street. When more passengers are riding, the acceleration of the car drops more than 50%, thus making it harder to enter onto freeways, a bigger engine or more horsepower would be nice.
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