I also always wanted a beetle, and when
they returned a few years ago, I
couldn't wait to own one! It's
adorable, and the test drive was
amazing- how it hugged the road. I love
the sound of the engine. I bought a
black one, and all was well until...a
front headlight burned out after owning
it for only 3 months?? Next? A light
came on indicating that I could not
drive without damaging the
engine...most recently? The car died-
fine one minute, dead the next. It
needed a new battery after 18 months??
Oh- and the other headlight burned out.
I do still love the beetle. Would I buy
another one? No. It's unpredictible.
Both the interior and exterior are
fantastic. I smile when I see a Beetle
on the road!!
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Reliability issues have been
prevelant ever since it was
reintroduced in '98. The window
regulator issue was present from '98-
'02 and coilpack failure plagued turbo
model cars from '00-'03. I had my car
just two weeks when it failed to start
after the starter selenoid shorted
out. I don't expect such problems from
a car that holds a MSRP of $20,900. I
suggest people who are considering a
Beetle as their next car to closely
look at the Acura RSX(~S),Mercedes C230
Coupe, or Mazda 6 just to name a few.
The market for used Beetles is HORRIBLE!
Heated seats, peppiness of the turbo
when not experiencing turbo lag, and
headroom for exceptionally tall people.
Ditch the speed activated spoiler:
It scares passengers,the interior
needs extensive work.(Boost guage,
temperature guage, better dash design,
better quality sound system with the
Monsoon package, and give the car a
much needed exterior facelift.
I saw all of the problems others were
having and felt compelled to speak up.
My experience with this car has been
fantastic, a few small problems, but
nothing to put the car out of service
for more than a day and nothing
requiring a tow. The car is fun to
drive, has way more leg and head room
than any other in its class, and is
good on the pocket book. All these
people that have problems have failed
to mention the standard 4 year 50000
mile bumper to bumper warranty. The
car is well designed and the company
stands behind their product, not sure
what else you could ask for.
Great style, ample room for tall folks,
fun to drive, makes other people happy
as they smile at your car.
The windows are too sensitive and
sometime want to roll themselves down
when you are trying to put them up,
drop the tape player and give me an in
dash cassette. Who listens to tapes