These fall apart. At 140k miles I've replaced/ repaired so many stupid things. Like what? The rear 3rd brake light seal leaks. This lets water into the trunk lock which sets off the alarm every time it rains. And, requires replacing if the trunk latch! The water pump and mini fold are made of glass reinforced plastic that doesn't stand up to prolonged hi temps. Both cracked and needs replacement at different times. Quite the unreliable car if you keep it more than 3 years
Bought car w/only 17,000 miles-1 owner. Brakes/front needed new w/rotors @ 37,000 miles. R/brakes w/rotors @ 58,000. R/hatch takes 2-3 hits to release. Have had 4 low beam bulbs burn out! Dealer charges $$$ 2 replace. Check engine light on, thermostat eng. Temp light on yet nothing wrong at all. Interior continues to fall apart- radio presets, visor clip, hand brake knob, dash vent close knob, tilt/tele. Rubber knob loose, glove comp. Latch ready to fall apart anytime now. Will never buy a Volkswagen again no matter what model. Have a few months to pay off, then selling it before it fails me for good. I maintain my cars well & drive them easy. Worst car ever owned- period.
steering on highway has great feel. brakes good too yet wear out quickly for a light car.
I don't think building in Mexico is the problem. It's Volkswagen. poor materials, shoddy engineering, and lack of quality overall.
This car is the worst car I've ever owned. The transmission shifts hard when its warm - dealer says that's normal. When shifting from Reverse to Drive or vice versa, you have to wait several seconds for it to engage. Replacing the battery was a royal pain, not to mention expensive. Replacing one of the front headlights was even worse. Now one of the front lenses has fallen off... The front left turn signal fell out of place from some clip that's broken. Now the check engine light is on - who knows how much THAT's going to cost. Performance is wretched, even for a 4 cyl. Mileage is only 25 mpg hwy. My 6 cyl 2000 Taurus gets 28!!!
Power train Interior (sun visors that actually work???) Quality of design and product...
I have enjoyed driving my 2003 bettle
ever since I purchased it. The interior
and exterior are both great and it is a
lot of fun to drive. The interstates in
Louisiana are often warped because of
the hot temperatures and the bug does
not handle the bumps well at high speed,
other than that I don't have any
complaints. It is a very reliable
vehicle. The bottom clearance is low for
the vechicle so you have to watch out
for that. The trunk space is small but
adequate and the fold-back rear seats
provide more room if necessary. I enjoy
having the windshield further away from
the driver as it gives a more spacious
The sunroof and flower vase are my
favorite features. The steel body
construction is also a nice feature.
Better shocks would be nice, if you have
to drive over worn streets. More
headroom in the back seat would also be
an improvement. The stereo system is ok
but I prefer satellite radio.