Used 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

2006 Volkswagen New Beetle
List price range
$4,926 - $5,491

Pros

  • Cute yet classic styling, long list of standard features, diesel engine option.

Cons

  • Aged design, tight rear-seat accommodations, limited cargo room.

Used 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible for Sale

Volkswagen New Beetle 2006 2.5 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
80,264 miles
Used 2006
Volkswagen New Beetle
2.5
List$4,926
Est.Loan: $101/mo
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Dealer Notes
Prices exclude tax, tags, and %2524499 processing charge. While every effort has been made to ensure display of accurate data, this listing may not reflect all accurate vehicle items. All Inventory listed is subject to prior sale. Please consult dealership personnel for details. DARCARS is not responsible for misprints or typographical errors in equipment or pricing. 14.5 gallon fuel tank,140-amp alternator,16' x 6.5' alloy wheels,2.5L DOHC EFI I5 engine,3-point front seat belts-inc%3A pretensioners load limiters,3-point rear outboard seat belts,3-spoke padded steering wheel,4-wheel anti-lock braking system %28ABS%29,4-wheel anti-lock braking system %28ABS%29,6-speed automatic transmission w/Tiptronic & OD,Active front head restraints,Air conditioning w/pollen & dust filter,Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams,Audible/visible anti-theft vehicle alarm system for doors hood trunk radio starter,Body-color door handles,Body-color pwr heated mirrors w/integrated blinker,Center console-inc%3A %282%29 front/%281%29 rear beverage holders %282%29 pwr outlets,City 22/hwy 30 %282.5L engine/6-speed auto trans%29,Collapsible steering column w/impact-deformable steering wheel,Cruise control,Daytime running lights,Daytime running lights,Digital electronic ignition w/knock sensor,Driver & front passenger advanced airbags w/dual stage deployment,Driver & front passenger head & thorax side-airbags,Dual-note horn,Emergency trunk release handle w/location reflector,Front & rear coil springs stabilizer bars gas shock absorbers,Front & rear floor mats,Front & rear integrated armrests in door & side panels,Front center slidable armrest w/storage compartment,Front door & rear side panel storage compartments,Front seatback magazine pocket,Front wheel drive,Full-size spare tire & steel wheel,Fully lined carpeted luggage compartment-inc%3A trunk light,Fully reclining front bucket seats-inc%3A height adjustment easy-entry system adjustable headrests,Headlamps-on warning tone,Height-adjustable/telescoping steering column,Illuminated lockable glove box w/interior shelf,Illuminated visor vanity mirrors w/covers,Immobilizer theft-deterrent system,Independent front MacPherson strut suspension,Independent track correcting torsion beam axle rear suspension,Instrumentation-inc%3A speedometer tachometer odometer trip odometer coolant temp gauge fuel gauge gear indicator warning lights brake wear indicator,Integrated antenna in front windshield,Interior light w/time delay,Large assist handle in instrument panel above glove box,Leatherette seating surfaces,Manual cloth convertible top w/rear glass window,Mirror control pad w/joystick control,Molded door trim w/leatherette inserts,Non-folding rear bench seat-inc%3A lockable rear cargo pass-through,Non-smoker pkg-inc%3A pwr outlet ash tray,Open front door warning courtesy lights,P205/55HR16 all-season tires,Premium 5.5 AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc%3A MP3 format capability & connector satellite radio preparation %2810%29 speakers control capability for CD changer theft-deterrent warning light & coding system,Projector lens halogen headlamps,Pwr front vented rear solid disc brakes,Pwr rack & pinion steering,Pwr windows-inc%3A front windows w/driver-side 1-touch up & down feature pinch protection key-operated open/close feature,Rear automatic rollover supports,Rear seat heat/air conditioning ducts,Rear seat lower anchors & top tethers for children %28LATCH%29,Rear window defroster,Rearview mirror-inc%3A clock/temp display reading light,Remote central pwr locking system-inc%3A automatic pwr door locks selective unlocking from front doors,Remote fuel filler & trunk release,Remote keyless entry,Seat belt reminder & fuel cap seal warning,Theft-deterrent steering column,Tinted green glass,Traction control-inc%3A %28ASR%29 anti-slip regulation %28EDL%29 electronic differential lock %28ESP%29 electronic stabilization program w/ %28HBA%29 brake assist,Traction control-inc%3A %28ASR%29 anti-slip regulation %28EDL%29 electronic differential lock %28ESP%29 electronic stabilization program w/%28HBA%29 brake assist,Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Volkswagen New Beetle 2006 2.5 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
95,928 miles
Used 2006
Volkswagen New Beetle
2.5
List$5,491
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Though still undeniably cute and fun, the Beetle is getting past its prime. Other competing two-door hatchbacks and convertibles offer more features and power.

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. The New Beetle is entering its ninth season for 2006. At this point, many cars are into their second full makeover. Instead, VW has stuck to the New Beetle's tried-and-true design -- with limited success. Indeed, New Beetle sales have cooled considerably over the last five years. Though its competitors can never hope to match the Bug's pedigree, they have surpassed the aging design in practical terms.

Hoping to eke out a little more life from the New Beetle hatch and convertible, VW has freshened the exterior styling and upgraded the standard engine for 2006. Instead of last year's anemic 2.0-liter four, the Bug now comes with a standard five-cylinder. At 150 horsepower, it matches last year's optional 1.8T in power (but not overall refinement), which is no longer available. The freshened styling is merely different, not necessarily better, but the new five-cylinder engine is a substantial improvement. The TDI diesel versions of the New Beetle come with VW's 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. Along with this interesting pair of drivetrain options, VW is relying on the Beetle's large array of standard features, premium cabin furnishings and ever present cute factor to keep the nameplate on buyers' minds amidst a field of strong competitors.

trim levels & features

The two-door New Beetle is available as a two-door hatchback or convertible body style. Hatchbacks come in 2.5 and TDI trim; convertibles are 2.5 only. All 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. Options include 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a trunk-mounted CD changer, satellite radio, a sunroof on hatchbacks and a power top on convertibles.

performance & mpg

The New Beetle 2.5 hatch and convertible come with a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Power is put to the front wheels through a standard five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Those interested in improved fuel economy can opt for the TDI hatchback, which comes with a 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel-fueled four-cylinder. It makes 100 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and can get about 40 mpg. TDI buyers can get either a five-speed manual or VW's Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission. Essentially a six-speed manual tranny with an electronically controlled clutch, the DSG 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, stability control, side airbags for front occupants, full-length head curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Convertibles have a rollover protection system. In government crash testing, the Beetle earned four out of five stars in both frontal-impact categories. It received a "Good" rating (and "Best Pick" status) from the IIHS for its performance in frontal offset crash testing but a "Poor" rating for side-impact crashworthiness.

driving

Like other VWs, the Beetle is both fun to drive and comfortable for long trips. The suspension tuning is soft, but it's just about right for most drivers who want a little sport from their Bug. True enthusiasts, however, would be wise to check out the Mini Cooper and Acura RSX.

interior

Though smaller inside than the Golf, the Beetle (seats four, 12 cubic feet of hatch space) compensates with style: It has a tablelike dashboard, huge circular speedometer and round air vents. 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 a top that mimics the original Beetle drop top's in appearance and handsome aluminum trim along the car's beltline.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle.

55,000 miles and the car won't start!
beetle_owner, 8/3/2012
This is the cutest most fun to drive car ever....when it works. Oh...are you thinking about taking the car to a mechanic outside of the dealership to have it worked on for cheaper? Don't even think about it...many mechanics either won't want to touch your beetle or they will not be able to fix it since it's an electrical nightmare that's built like a puzzle! And how is it that a chord has broken on the top? That happened at about 40,000 miles. One more thing...if something breaks, like the radio...you have to get it fixed right away before it starts affecting other electrical things in the car...sigh...selling it asap once it comes out the shop (been there a month already).
Dissapointed and frustrated
imaqte, 6/28/2012
I purchased my used 2006 VW convertible about 9 months ago with 51,000 miles on it. Since I have had it, I have had numerous issues. First, the airbag light came on and I was told is a seat-belt issue that costs around $400. Next the driver's side door handle broke that cost $600 because they have to replace the entire door panel. I read online this frequently happens. My driver's side window regulator went out and that cost me $470.00 to fix..now I have to take to replace the convertible top because the back window is separating from the top and water can get in. The total for that is $770.00 from a local shop I am afraid of what will happen next. I have to get rid of this car!!!
I wouldn't do VW again.
peppi1, 5/14/2013
I happen to like my little car a great deal. I never dreamt that I would have ever owned a New Beetle Convertible. I like the color, build, and style. I rated the interior poorly because any time a part is needed, which is not that often, I find myself having to dish out a heck of a lot of hard-earned bills. To replace a simple part, VW interior parts come with the whole entire assembly... I guess they hope that they will get all of your money. It does not make sense to have to replace the entire assembly just to need one small part. The parts are too expensive.If you touch the dashboard it bruises easily and my car leaks heavily when it rains when the windows are rolled up completely!
Have Loved Every Mile Driving My Bug!
Cheryl Tamburri, 7/25/2016
My 2006 VW NEW BEETLE 6 speed A/T came with everything available, clear down to convertible top boot, wind screen, leather everything, seat warmers, satellite radio. Arctic Blue with a gray top has been a rarity out here in CA, but that top has been down a zillion times in CA weather. 10 years and 80,000 miles later it still drives like the day I bought it; but it has been lovingly maintained and service schedules followed - the key to any car's longevity. Turbos were standard in this model and this little car kicks gas, so fun to drive. Having said that, it's a Bug, low tech as they come but efficient and with usual German sensibility everything is where it should be in the cockpit. Time to part company with the old girl, not easy, as she still looks like the day she left the dealer's lot. Hope she'll make somebody else as tickled to drive her as I've been ~ truly, best cat ever.
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 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

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Used 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible Overview

The Used 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible is offered in the following styles: 2.5 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.5 PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), and 2.5 PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 5M).

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