Having learned to drive on a 1962 bug, I have a certain affection for the Beetle. This new one does not disappoint and is uber fun to drive. Owing a new Suburban and also a HD bike, I use the Beetle for daily chores and business commuting. At 6'1" and 250lbs, I have plenty of room. I specifically wanted a turbo diesel, manual because a small car should be fun and involve the driver in the experience. Can't complain abut the 44mpg I am getting as well! I also have a grin on my face knowing that it does not meet current EPA requirements!!! Global warm this.
The 2004 5-speed stick shift VW Beetle
diesel has gotten me 52.1 mpg, average
is 49.0 highest of any car I have
owned. And more fun to drive than the
2003 4-speed auto model which never
got over 40 mpg.
Don't believe "experts," EPA on fuel
economy. The TDI outperforms any other
on the highway. My mileage: 52.5
winter, 57.1 summer, at 65 mph. Nobody
can touch that, even a 5-pas. hybrid.
(Except VW Beetle, Jetta, Golf manual
TDIs) I drive 800 miles on one tank,
any day of the year, any place. I
drove Provo, UT to Fresno, CA and
refilled in CA for $25. Eat your heart
These TDIs have power. Handling is
very smooth. You want something that
needs improvement? Okay, the body
style is just not as good as the old
bug, but not bad for German engineers.
(The original people's car was designed
by Penin Farina, Italian, the best that
Yes you change oil every 5000 miles, but you have to go to the dealer and buy SPECIAL VW oil?? To do any basic maintenance you need a degree in mechanics?! Even then, you may not be able to reach the fitting or part that you want to service because it is so cramped and difficult. Now after 3 years we have problems: (a) difficulty in starting cold engine in the morning, (b) things fall apart inside the cabin (ashtray, window controls, hand-brake knob, etc.), (c) when you start engine lots of white smoke is delivered by exhaust pipe.
What an amazing, fun little car. I have a TDI diesel,
with the Tiptronic transmission, and this is hands
down the most fun car I've ever driven. Out of the
gate mine has had a few minor hiccups (CD player
stopped playing CDs on the fourth day, airbag
system isn't working properly [diag. light]), but the
dealerships I've dealt with have been quick to
repair and cooperative. And, the fuel economy is
AMAZING! 400-500 miles on a tank of diesel is
"normal" for this car, and with some conservative
driving, I've pushed it to nearly 600. A worthy
successor to the "Beetle" name.