Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

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2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
List price range
$2,995 - $5,995

Pros

  • Cute yet classic styling, lengthy standard equipment list.

Cons

  • Aged design, so-so power, lack of rear-seat space and cargo room, subpar side-impact crash test results.

Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle for Sale

Volkswagen New Beetle 2008 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
148,968 miles
Used 2008
Volkswagen New Beetle
SE
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5.4 mi away
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Est.Loan: $62/mo
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Welcome to Leesburg Auto Import, the home of the best used cars in the east coast. We pride ourselves on our competitive and unbeatable prices. We buy cars and accept trade in. AM/FM,CD Player,Anti-Theft,Sunroof,AC,Cruise,Power Locks,Power Windows,Tilt,Leather Steering Whl,Power Steering,Anti-Lock Brakes,Dual Front Airbags,Side Airbags,Traction Control,Keyless Entry,Security System,Variable Wipers,Rear Defroster,Power Mirrors,Heated Driver Seat,Drivers Front Airbag,Passenger Air Bag On/Off,Side Head Air Bag,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Gasoline Fuel,Daytime Running Lights,Satellite Radio,Auxiliary Pwr Outlet,Mirror Turn Signals,Tire Pressure Monitoring
Volkswagen New Beetle 2008 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
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Used 2008
Volkswagen New Beetle
SE
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Volkswagen New Beetle 2008 Triple White 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
104,042 miles
Used 2008
Volkswagen New Beetle
Triple White
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Volkswagen New Beetle 2008 Triple White 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
124,086 miles
Used 2008
Volkswagen New Beetle
Triple White
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2008 VOLKSWAGEN NEW BEETLE TRIPLE WHITE VIN%3A 3VWFW31C48M510697HATCHBACK 2 DR 2.5L I5 F DOHC 20V GASOLINE FRONT WHEEL DRIVE, 2 PREVIOUS OWNERS, CLEAN CARFAX, NEW PA INSPECTION%2521%2521%2521%2521 GOOD SERVICE HISTORY RECORDS, RARE TRIPLE WHITE COLOR COMBINATION/ SPECIAL EDITION. RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT%2521%2521 BEAUITFUL CAR INSIDE AND OUT... ALLOY WHEELS, GOOD TIRES %2521 WONT LAST, MORE PICTURES AND FREE CARFAX %40 WWW.IDEALCARS2.COM
Volkswagen New Beetle 2008 SE 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
78,504 miles
Used 2008
Volkswagen New Beetle
SE
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is a cute alternative to more traditional compacts. But unless you're wedded to the Beetle's retro chic, you'll probably want to look elsewhere for a small coupe or convertible.

vehicle overview

It's hard to believe that 2008 will be the 11th year on sale for the Volkswagen New Beetle. When the car was originally introduced, Americans went crazy over the retro-themed "Bug" styling and cute flower vase protruding from its dash. Its popularity has waned over the years, however, even as interesting variants like the Turbo and TDI direct-injection diesel models came and went. For 2008, the New Beetle's oh-so-cool veneer has worn thin as it faces strong competition from more modern rivals.

Despite its age, the basic 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle still has a few things going for it. Based on the old VW Golf platform and available as a coupe or convertible, it still elicits smiles from passers-by while delivering solid German engineering, comfortable road manners and a fair amount of room for those up front. All the basics are covered in its standard price, and you can easily upgrade the Beetle's content through trim packages and stand-alone options.

But compared to newer rivals in a very competitive compact segment, the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle claims no major advantage aside from its bubbly personality. Other small two-door coupes or hatches like the Honda Civic, Saturn Astra or VW's own Rabbit deliver superior utility, amenities and drivability at a similar or lower cost. As a convertible, the New Beetle makes a little more sense, as it likely will appeal to shoppers who value style over performance. But overall, we suggest taking a look at the competition first or even considering a certified-used New Beetle as an alternative.

trim levels & features

The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is available as a two-door hatchback coupe or convertible in two trim levels: S and SE. Base S coupe models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, heated outside mirrors, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, V-Tex leatherette seat trim, satellite radio and a CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input jack. Upgrading to the SE nets you 17-inch alloys, heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a premium audio system and a sunroof. Some of these features can be added to the S trim as options. New Beetle convertibles are similarly equipped, with the exception of a manually operated soft top on S models and a semiautomatic power drop top and wind blocker on SEs. The new Triple White convertible starts with the SE’s standard equipment and adds -- you guessed it -- a unique white exterior, as well as a white-and-black interior theme, exclusive headrest badging and satellite radio. All models can be equipped with a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer.

performance & mpg

The VW New Beetle is powered by a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels through an easy-shifting standard five-speed manual gearbox on S models. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is standard on the SE and optional on the S. However the shifting occurs, acceleration is merely adequate. EPA-estimated fuel economy is similarly lackluster for a compact; 2008 EPA estimates for the automatic are 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

safety

All New Beetles include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front seat-mounted head/thorax side-impact airbags and active front head restraints. Convertibles also feature a rollover protection system. In government crash testing, the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle earned four out of five stars for the protection of both front occupants in frontal impacts. Side-impact testing netted a five-star rating for front passengers but only three stars for those in the rear. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the New Beetle a top score of "Good" for frontal-offset crash protection, but a disappointing "Poor" rating for side impacts.

driving

Like other Volkswagens, the 2008 New Beetle is reasonably fun to drive and provides a smooth and comfortable ride, perfect for long trips. The suspension tuning is soft but the steering is direct and sure, making it just about right for most drivers who want to play with their Bug every now and then. The 2.5-liter engine is smooth and delivers adequate if not abundant power in most situations.

interior

The four-passenger New Beetle may be stylish, but it's smaller inside than VW's own Rabbit. An expansive dashboard featuring a huge circular speedometer seems to dominate the cabin space up front, while the car's bubbly body pinches inward tightly against rear occupants. The open convertible is less of a problem in this regard, with a top that's easy to fold and well insulated from outside noise. With its top lowered, the Beetle convertible makes an especially classic and polished statement. Outward visibility is surprisingly poor on both the coupe and closed convertible, however, and both New Beetle styles suffer from tight rear hiproom and a lack of useful cargo space.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle.

Steer Away If You Want a Safe Car
Hayley, 8/24/2015
I am 19 years old and received this car as a birthday present less than 2 years ago, the car seemed great at first running fantastically until small little headaches started happening. First it was my keys getting stuck in the ignition when trying to turn the car off, i couldn't even go to class that day because i couldn't turn the car off. Then it was the multiple windows breaking in the car that would go down but then not come up (driver, passenger side, and driver's back window). The car did fairly well in the snow, coming from Connecticut we get our fair share- the car has good control but there's absolutely no weight to the car so i found myself skidding and struggling to get up hills. My last experience with this car was the accident i got in it about a week ago. I rear ended the back of a pick up truck on the highway going 40 miles per hour, easy to say my car was totaled. It was a horrifying experience because i felt no security in the car whatsoever when getting into the accident, there's so little to the car if i hit any harder the entire front of my car would've been gone probably. It's a cute, fun summer car that's nice to drive around if you live in the right conditions. But please take this from me, if you're considering buying your child this car, PLEASE look into better safety features. This car has absolutely no protection to it if you were to get in a serious accident.
Love my Beetle!
karmagirl7, 11/24/2014
I absolutely LOVE this car! The only weird thing is the crayon smell in the car, but everything else is awesome! I love the entertainment package and the MP3 option, when I am bored wtih everything else. This car handles like a champ - I feel like I am in a true high performance vehicle.
Got a Smoking Hot Deal!!
karinalynne, 1/4/2014
I bought this car less than a month ago, the second day I drove it, it stalled out at an intersection and I had to have it towed back to the dealership (burnt a coil and blew a fuse). Within a week later, the same thing happened again and again. Finally had to take it to a mechanic, said all 5 coils and spark plugs needed to be replaced. A week after that, I decided to just trade it in for something more reliable. On the way to the dealership, it stalled, started smoking and then caught on fire. It is now totaled and it is the worst car I have ever purchased. Save your time, its a cute car, but its NOT worth it.
The Volkswagen Co. Not What It Used To Be
George Lafont, 10/17/2008
Day one from picking up the car from the dealer the handbrake came off when I parked. The car doesn't feel at all like a German car, in fact it feels like it's coming apart. About 2 months later on my way home (45 min. commute) on a very hot Summer day, the underneath engine cover came loose fell off and broke into many pieces. When I took it to the dealer, they accused me of running into something and refused to fix it. The service manager even went through the trouble of fabricating a story that I ran over a parking turtarrier with a piece of rebar sticking out tearing the cover off and again refused. Both their customer service and chairman of the board also refused to help
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Features & Specs

MPG
20 city / 29 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 29 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 29 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 29 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
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

More about the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Overview

The Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include S 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), S 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 5M), Triple White 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), SE 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), S PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), S PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), SE PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M), Black Tie Edition 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), SE 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), SE PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), S PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M), Triple White PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), S PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 5M), and Black Tie Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle?

Price comparisons for Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle SE is priced between $2,995 and$5,995 with odometer readings between 0 and148968 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Triple White is priced between $5,990 and$5,995 with odometer readings between 104042 and124086 miles.

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