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Jun 15, 2001 (10:08 pm)
DID YOU SAY ORANGE NEW BEETLE???
I knew eventually it would happen.
Can't wait to see it!
#610 of 638 champagne color & current pricing
Jun 16, 2001 (10:01 am)
That's called Mojave Beige. In Houston they're few and far between, but they are attractive. Might be the only reason I'd consider a black interior in the heat of summer. It may have started as a limited edition color, but there's no extra charge for it.
I've been shopping for awhile and have found dealers very laid back, like maybe the niche hasn't yet played itself out here. Seems like they think if you want a NB, price isn't important - or maybe because I haven't bought a new car in years, things have just changed in dealerships.
Anyone have info on their experiences in Texas, especially Houston?
Thanks all. . .
#611 of 638 Bought one!
Jun 22, 2001 (9:39 am)
Three weeks ago i purchased a new green 2001 GL Beetle. The comments provided on edmund's sites were invaluable, so I thought I would share my experiences also.
I rushed into the buying process because I blew my car up(an 89 Dodge omni with 150,000) -- well, cracked the cylinders anyway. I had started doing serious new car research in the fall of 2000 because I knew the end was near for the poor thing.
The beetle was at the top of my list, so after the old car blew, I started shopping. The salesman I talked to at my nearest dealership (Dover VW in Delaware) was a total jerk. I told him I would be purchasing within a week and wanted to take a "long" test drive. His response "no way am I letting you take it on the highway! I'll let you take the standard test drive, but that's it."
I took my business elsewhere. Smith VW (in wilmington Delaware) was more than happy to let me take the tester out for as long as I wanted; and so I took at long 40 mile drive down the highway (take THAT, dover VW!).
I was pressured into buying before the end of the month. I test drove the car on Tuesday, May 29 and the salesman let me know that the special 6.9 APR financing would expire on May 31, so of course, I should buy right away.
The realist in me realized that, given the current economy, VW would probably extend special financing. However, I needed a car, so i went ahead with the deal the next day, just in case.
I sat down with the salesman on Wednesday (after having a panic attack when I pulled into the lot) and he said "I'm not going to haggle with you. How much do you want to pay." I said 16,100 (100 or so dollars less than Edmund's true market value). he said ok.
They had the car for me the very next day (they had to get it from some dealership in NJ).
So far, no problems, and the car is great. I've never owned a decent used car, let alone a NEW car, so its taken some getting used to. AND, I'm finding myself parking in the "paranoid new car owners" parking at the mall etc.
In three weeks, I've put almost 2000 miles on the car, with no real problems. Gas mileage is averaging a disappointing 28 mpg, with mostly highway driving (albeit at 75-80 mph). So far, the problems noted are that the vent symbols don't light up (they did in the tester I drove) and i think the washer fluid jets are mis-aimed a bit (most of the washer sprays over the top of the car).
Best thing about the car: the ability to make children punch eachother by simply driving by.
2nd best thing: I can always find it in the parking lot. :}
I'm disappointed that beetle owners seem to not wave at eachother. I've passed two tother green beetles so far and we've waved. Other beetles, nada. What's the deal with that?
#612 of 638 Hi Susan- Welcome to the Hatchbacks Message Board!
Jun 22, 2001 (1:37 pm)
And congratulations on your New Beetle! Sounds like you did your research and got a very good deal. We appreciate hearing the details of your test drive/purchase... , and look forward to hearing more about your ownership experience. Happy Motoring!
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Jun 24, 2001 (11:39 pm)
You are one charming Beetle owner!
#614 of 638 The Automatic Beetle DLS dilemma: TDI or gas engine
Jun 27, 2001 (10:11 am)
You know what it's like. It's your first new car and you have to make it last, even beyond your car payment period. I know that no car is perfect and risk is inevitable.
The goal is to have maximum performance with affordable maintainance. From what I understand, you spend $600 annually on a gas engine for tune-ups and such. What would the annual fee be on a TDI and on a gas (2.0L 115hsp)?
My concerns on the TDI:
1. the life span of the turbo....when it goes it costs about $4000 with labor How long should the turbo last?
2. Someone has mentioned the injection pump, the heart of the engine. What is its average life span?
3. Someone else above had a TDI for only a year and the relay killed the glow plugs. Is this common or is this a fluke car?
4. What is your fuel system service fee annually?
But I know the TDI has excellent mileage and diesel engines are in long lasting work vehicles. And I enjoyed the ride.
Which one overall will have higher maintenance, the GLS TDI automatic or the GLS (2.0L) automatic? Which one will be the greater investment?
I know the TDI has an injection pump, which is about $1600, whereas the gas GLS has a regular fuel pump. The TDI also has a turbo, which is very expensive to replace, but the service men (who work for the dealers) tell me that if you keep up with everything, that you should be fine. Can you confirm this?
Please give guidance. Thank you.
#615 of 638 reply to canoola
Jul 05, 2001 (9:31 am)
Why am I "a charming NB owner" !?!
#616 of 638 Couple of desired features
Jul 05, 2001 (1:25 pm)
Hi! I'm new to the board so please forgive me if this has been discussed ad nauseum: Do you know if there are any plans for (1) in-dash CD, (2) hybrid engine? I would love to have a beetle with these. Thanks for any help...
#617 of 638 New Warranty for 2002 VWs
Jul 05, 2001 (9:21 pm)
For 2002, the new warranty will be 4 years 50K miles bumper to bumper and 5 years 60K powertrain.
#618 of 638 hybrid engines for the Beetle
Jul 06, 2001 (10:54 am)
I haven't heard whether a hybrid engine is planned for the beetle or not, but you might be interested to know that the beetle was originally designed to be a hybrid or electric vehicle. The car was designed in a beetle body so that it would be "familiar".
I also believe that VW is testing a vehicle in Europe that gets 70+ mpg; so I think they have the technology.
There is some action in congress currently that will raise fuel economy standards; mostly for light trucks, but it may have some impact on passenger cars as well. I'd love to see a hybrid VW. And, for the record, I would buy one in a second. (Are you listening, VW of America?)