Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle

2005 Volkswagen New Beetle
List price
$5,495

Pros

  • Cute yet classic styling, range of engine choices, long list of standard features, excellent crash test scores.

Cons

  • Tight rear-seat accommodations, limited cargo room, Turbo S model priced much higher than comparable performance coupes.

Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle for Sale

Volkswagen New Beetle 2005 GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
74,855 miles
Used 2005
Volkswagen New Beetle
GL
Haker Auto Sales
43.5 mi away
List$5,295
Est.Loan: $108/mo
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Volkswagen New Beetle 2005 GLS 1.8T 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
118,244 miles
Used 2005
Volkswagen New Beetle
GLS 1.8T
(5)
Euro Auto Group
52.7 mi away
List$5,495
Est.Loan: $113/mo
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Dealer Notes
VERY CLEAN AND RARE SPORT EDITION TURBO WITH 6 SPD MANUAL TRANS WITH SPORT SEATS POWER TOP AND ALL OPTIONS MD ST INSPECTED AND FULLY SERVICED
Volkswagen New Beetle 2005 GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
114,008 miles
Used 2005
Volkswagen New Beetle
GL
List$4,395
Est.Loan: $90/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The image car in VW's lineup (and the original retro-mobile), the New Beetle offers a unique combination of safety, fun and upscale features for its price range.

vehicle overview

When the Golf-based Volkswagen New Beetle debuted, America went bonkers over it. It was cute and retro cool at the same time. But that was 1998. Just like cute puppies, cars grow old. And unless something is done to keep the interest up, the public's fascination wears off. Indeed, New Beetle sales have cooled considerably in recent years. In 2002, Volkswagen energized the lineup with the introduction of the Turbo S. Building off the now-defunct GLX 1.8T model, the Turbo S has a more powerful engine, a more aggressive-looking body and unique interior treatments. Indeed, the Turbo S is the most powerful and sporting New Beetle ever offered in the United States. Accordingly, it's also the most expensive. Interestingly, the TDI diesel versions of the New Beetle are the only VWs in the North America to offer the innovative Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission. This is the same highly acclaimed unit featured in Audi's TT 3.2. Essentially a six-speed manual transmission, the DSG removes the clutch pedal and associated operation, and places it under the control of computer chips and hydraulic servos. When left in full auto mode, it's as smooth as or smoother than any conventional automatic. When shifted manually via the floor-mounted shifter, the DSG offers quick, precise gear changes that make a traditional manual seem unnecessary. Beyond that, the long-awaited convertible New Beetle finally made its appearance midway through the 2003 model year with such features as a power-folding cloth top, a rollover protection system and, a first in the price range, a six-speed automatic transmission. The New Beetle is entering its eighth year of production, an undesirable position given that most cars received full redesign after just four or five year. For now, VW will rely on the Beetle's large array of standard features, premium cabin furnishings and playful on-road demeanor to keep the nameplate competitive.

trim levels & features

The two-door New Beetle is available in two-door hatchback and convertible body styles. Hatchbacks come in GL, GLS and Turbo S trim; convertibles are either GL or GLS. GL models come with 16-inch wheels; air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; seat-height adjusters; a tilt and telescoping steering wheel; and a manually folding top on convertibles. The GLS adds a sunroof, a center armrest with storage, alloy wheels, foglights and a power-operated top on the convertible. The Turbo S has all of the above items, plus unique 17-inch wheels, leather seating, a sport-tuned suspension, distinctive body add-ons and a unique interior.

performance & mpg

GL and GLS buyers can choose one of three engines. First up is a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder. More interesting is the 100-hp, 1.9-liter diesel four (called TDI) that gets close to 50 mpg on the highway and makes an impressive 177 lb-ft of torque (not available in California emissions states), or the 150-hp, 1.8-liter turbocharged four (called the 1.8T). All of these engines have adequate power for easy city driving, though the 1.8T is the most fun, and it provides fuel economy on par with the base 2.0-liter. The performance-oriented Turbo S gets a 180-hp version of the 1.8T. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all trims, except the Turbo S, which gets a six-speed gearbox only. A six-speed automatic with Tiptronic automanual shifting ability is optional on 2.0 and 1.8T engines. A Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) is available on the TDI, essentially a six-speed manual tranny with an electronically controlled clutch. It can be operated in a full auto mode like a traditional automatic or manually shifted.

safety

Standard on all New Beetles are four-wheel antilock disc brakes, side airbags for front occupants, head curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Convertibles have a rollover protection system. Stability control is optional on GL and GLS models and standard on the Turbo S. In government crash testing, the Beetle earned five stars in both frontal impact categories. It received a "Good" rating (and "Best Pick" status) from the IIHS in frontal offset crash testing.

driving

Like other VWs, the Beetle is both fun to drive and comfortable for long trips. The Turbo S has a slightly stiffer suspension -- it's still too soft for performance freaks, but just about right for most drivers who want a little more sport from their Bug.

interior

Though smaller inside than the Golf, the Beetle (seats four, 12 cubic feet of hatch space) compensates with style: its tablelike dashboard, huge circular speedometer and round vents distinguish it from everything else on the road. The convertible's top is easy to fold and well insulated from wind and road noise. With its top down, the bug has a classic but polished appearance, thanks to the handsome aluminum trim along the beltline.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle.

Why I regret buying the 2005 Volkswagon New Beetle
javidiaz, 5/18/2012
I made the huge mistake of purchasing a 2005 Volkswagon New Beetle last year. This was a used car meant to be a small retirement gift to myself, and a year later, after 4 visits to the mechanic, $2500.00 dollars in repairs and a looming transmission problem, I am now faced with having to trade this blue nightmare in for a more reliable car. Any smile I had on my face was wiped off by the pure unreliable nature of this vehicle and what this year of driving what I consider the worst vehicle ever made has been to me. I have owned Ford, Dodge, Honda, and never experienced a poorly engineered vehicle until I drove the 2005 VW New Beetle. Heed my review and stay away from these cars.
Fabulous beetle
Dexxie, 5/1/2016
I bought my car used with 12,000 miles on it and have owned it for ten years. I've not really had any problems with it. In the first nine years I owned it the only things I had to replace were brakes, lights because they generally last a year and the driver's side window. I believe the weather in Wisconsin has a dramatic influence on how the windows operate. To release the pressure on the window on my convertible, I use a credit card to break the seal from the frozen ice in the winter. Another thing I've learned to do in the winter is leave the window down a little so when the temp changes the window doesn't get iced over.
Nothing But Headaches!!!!
kelboom01, 4/3/2014
Bought my car used with 25,000 miles on it and within first year was met with of course the rear window not working issue that looks as though is a "normal" problem with this type of car. So needless to say $1,000 to fix and then front headlights blew out twice within a few months??? Now dealing with transmission "bucking" issues and passenger window not working and convertible roof not working!!!! help!!!!! NEVER AGAIN BUYING A VW...
Run... dont walk and find another car!!
doodlebughi, 2/28/2013
I bought my turbo conv. beetle used in 08 with 39000 miles on it. I starting having problems with the drivers side window not going down within the first year and it just escalated from there. I have since replaced 3 of the 4 windows to the tune of $800 a PIECE! I have just now reached 70k miles and my transmission is shot. It appears this is a very common problem and VW refueses to deal with it or make good on it. I now have over 5k in repairs into this vehicle that is not worth much and my mechanic is saying another 5800k to get it going again. I have loved the look of my car and how fun it is to drive.....BUT, I will Never ever by another VW. what a money pit!!
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
115 hp @ 5400 rpm
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
Gas
150 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
115 hp @ 5400 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Acceptable
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle
Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Overview

The Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle is offered in the following submodels: , , . Available styles include GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A), GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Bi-Color Edition 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GLS 1.8T 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GLS 1.8T 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and Dark Flint Edition 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle?

Price comparisons for Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle trim styles:

  • The Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GL is priced between $4,395 and$5,295 with odometer readings between 74855 and114008 miles.
  • The Used 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T is priced between $5,495 and$5,495 with odometer readings between 118244 and118244 miles.

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