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#599 of 638 2.9% APR on New Beetles
Apr 23, 2001 (2:18 pm)
Has anybody seen the ad for 2.9% financing on New Beetles? I went to the web site and they had no disclaimer (e.g. 2.9 good only for 2 year loans etc.). Has anybody seen the fine print on this deal? At this point, I want a NB so bad, I'm afraid to walk into a dealer for fear I will actually buy one! Any info I can get outside of the dealership would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 23, 2001 (2:30 pm)
Susan, my current copy of "Car Deals" shows 24 months for the 2.9%. Check with your local dealer.
#601 of 638 Re 2.9% apr...
May 03, 2001 (5:15 pm)
The 2.9% is only good for 2 years, but you can also get 3.9% for up to 48 months, I know because I just took advantage of the 3.9% for 48 mos. That is only if you qualify, although I am not sure what their criteria is, but basically what I have been told by the VW credit department is that it is up to the dealer to negotiate with them to get you the best APR, don't let them tell you otherwise.
#602 of 638 What to Buy
May 27, 2001 (9:37 am)
According to most of the posts I read VW's are problem cars. Eclipse's all too often in the shop for repairs. Also, not equipped sufficiently for the price. The new Integra is not the car we all expected. The RX is fast but, ugly and not up to par with the Acura as far as reliability.
So what kind of Rice Rocket can I buy that's quick so I can pull on the freeway without shouting "Giddy-up" I have a Integra GS now excellent car but slow off the line. Only wants to go around 50mph.
Need some help.
May 28, 2001 (6:44 am)
Thats easy.. A 2001 Subaru WRX 5seed.
#604 of 638 Financing, trade-in and colors
Jun 05, 2001 (5:03 am)
The financing options are 2.9/24, 3.9/36or48, 4.9/48or60, and 5.9/60. It is up to the dealer to negotiate the rate and set the length. Here in the Boston area, the dealers do not like to use VW Credit and try to get you financed with the local banks at higher rates (they end up making more money that way). We have such a surplus of Beetles in this area that some dealers are offering the lower rates AND discounting the cars $1500-$2500.
Regarding trades: I didn't pay anywhere near sticker for my '99 and wouldn't have. New Beetles are a niche market, when the relatively small number of people run out, the market is flat and there won't be the surplus of people to price gouge. If VW ran them in limited numbers it would be a different story (the main reason for the "special editions"). Like the awful PT Cruiser price gouging, there are simply too many cars around to command a premium. They're making 160,000 PT Cruisers and trying to get $2-5K over sticker? Please! The sales of Beetles is down considerably this year from last. There will be a huge surplus of unsold 2001s when the 2002 debuts.
On the last day of March 1999, I traded my '88 Cabriolet for a '99 New Beetle GLS. Silver with Leather and sunroof and paid less than invoice (a very rare circumstance!). I loved the car despite a few problems, but missed having a convertible. I traded that Beetle for a 2000 Cabrio GLS one year later with 10K miles and got $15k, and I was very happy with that. I was also getting the Cabrio under invoice with 4.9 financing, so I had no right to complain.
There are four blues available:
Techno Blue > the original bright blue since 1998
Batik Blue > '99 and on dark purply blue
Vapor Blue > the "powder" blue special edition
Vortex Blue > a pearl muted blue similar to Techno
Cyber Green > the original pea green
Isotope Green > a pastel special edition for 2001
Yellow > the original yellow
Lemon Yellow > a paler version available in Europe and a few were sold here (they have unique interiors)
Reflex Yellow > the "school bus" yellow special edition
White, Black, Red and Silver.
PS: Anyone have any New Beetle Cabrio info? patiently waiting...
#605 of 638 Champagne color?
Jun 05, 2001 (8:05 am)
Memorial Day Weekend, I was on I-45 (Houston to Dallas) and drove next to a Beetle in what appeared to be a metallic champagne color. I loved it, and "thumbs-upped" the driver. Is this an available color?
I'm just getting into the new car market and the Beetle is on my list. If the champagne color isn't available through the factory, I'll likely go with Batik Blue. Thanks to all.
#606 of 638 Champagne color?
Jun 05, 2001 (9:34 am)
I saw a champagne color at the dealer (Commonwealth VW Santa Ana, CA) the last time I was there). It was either the sport addition or a limited addition model. It look pretty good. I enjoy my 2001 Techno Blue Turbo GLX very much. I have put on about 12,000 miles with no problems. It has plenty of pickup and easy to park.
Jun 07, 2001 (6:05 am)
I am not sure what the Champagne color is all about, but my sources have given me some 2002 Color Changes:
Double Yellow replaces Yellow (less green tint)
Marlin Blue replaces Batik Blue
Blue Lagoon (current Jetta Color) replaces Techno Blue
Reflex Silver replaces Silver Arrow
Platinum Gray new color
Snap Orange limited edition model
Jun 12, 2001 (5:41 am)
Does anyone have any info on if/when VW is planning on offering a convertible version of the new bug?