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Volkswagen New Beetle, Coupe, Hatchback
#1 of 760 carlady
Jun 27, 1999 (8:40 pm)
Friends, I had to freeze our earlier discussion
because after 500 posts or so, things can get
unstable. So, let's continue our conversation here.
There is always something good to say about this
#2 of 760 College grad in Michigan needing VW
Jun 28, 1999 (12:54 pm)
Since the last thread was frozen, I'll repost here ...just in case!
Hello, everyone...I'm new to this site, and I'd
appreciate a bit of advice!
I just graduated from college and I'm looking at
getting either a 99 GLS 2.0 Beetle, a 99 GLS 2.0
Jetta, or a 99 Dodge Stratus. I have my heart set
on a Beetle, but I doubt I can afford it unless I
can get it under MSRP. I've been to one dealer
here in Grand Rapids, Michigan (there are two VW dealers in town), and they seemed very helpful and nice, but I haven't yet asked about price on the Beetles. I'm wondering - is there anyone here
within a few hours drive of Grand Rapids that knows of a dealer that would sell for less than MSRP? And should I wait till July or August since the 2000's are coming? And finally, would you expect that my chances for a deal on a Jetta would be better since the Beetles are the hot sellers right now?
Thanks in advance!
#3 of 760 carlady
Jun 28, 1999 (7:44 pm)
Thank you Steve. It is hard to find the right place to close out a discussion. I did put a note in the frozen discussion directing folks to answer your question here.
Have you tried Auto-by-tel? It can't hurt and it might help!
Jun 28, 1999 (10:54 pm)
Ahhhh, nevermind. I went to a dealer today, and they have a four month waiting list for Beetles. I think I might get a Jetta instead! I got a pretty decent deal ($800 under invoice for a GLS 2.0 with AT) and the guy I worked with was awesome. Very nice, didn't play any games...
Jun 28, 1999 (10:54 pm)
Oops, I mean $800 under MSRP, not invoice...
#6 of 760 New Beetle vs 99 Jetta
Jun 29, 1999 (3:11 am)
Jettas are nice cars, I did just the opposite, went in to look at a 99 Jetta and bought a Beetle instead. My dealer has more Jettas in stock than any other VW model, even a few TDI's. Still happy with the 99 GLS New Beetle.
#7 of 760 New Turbo Experience
Jun 29, 1999 (5:41 pm)
Waited on lists for 9 months for a cybergreen turbo and jumped the gun when I came across a Dark Blue w/cream turbo sitting on a dealer's lot. Drove it and bought it. Impressions: First, I'm 6/7" (had 4 bugs in past life) and even though I have a sunroof, I have a ton of room in all directions. The seats are plenty comfortable (215lbs) and with the telescoping/rotating wheel, anyone should find a comfort level. Even the ratchet for seat height works real well. Second, the turbo is quiet and powerful. So much pull through the gears--even with the AC on and in 5th gear at 70mph. Third, all around mileage is 29-30. Fourth, sunroof is excellent. Fifth, fit and finish was superb. No squeaks, rattles or mystery noises. Sixth, trunk is lame, but, it's a bug! Beats putting it under the hood --like the old days.
One problem: how dumb is having a spoiler that deploys at 93mph? Even dumber is the placement of the hidden button for manual deployment. For such a well thought out car, this is just... dumb.
Last positive note: I just love getting in this car and driving. I loved the old ones, and that feeling has been successfully translated back into this wonderful (not so) little bug.
PS: MSRP and great dealer at NEMER VW in Albany NY
Jun 29, 1999 (11:58 pm)
Thanks for letting me know about the Turbo Bug. I want a cyber green one too and I love that spoiler!? ARe you kidding me that it deploys at 93mphs and you have to hunt around to manually deploy it!? I'm laughing my head off. Thanks for warning me about that. I'll skip the Turbo and get back to basics for my new bug.
-- BeetleBabe --
Jun 30, 1999 (4:37 am)
Spoilers do absolutely nothing for the performance of a car until you reach speeds of over 90 mph.
What makes it truly hypocritical, is that most cars have tires that are only rated up to 88 mph, beyond which they are exponentially more likely to blow out.
Both speeds (tire rating and spoiler effectiveness) are over the legal speed limit as well.
In the end, spoilers are worth nothing more than appearance. If you have a "Turbonium," you may as well deploy it manually and leave it that way.
#10 of 760 Hambone
Jun 30, 1999 (7:32 pm)
Interesting comments on the New Beetle. I'm shopping the vehicle, and am still a little "green" on it, though I've been tracking popularity and MSRP loosely since '98. Any info anyone can offer on whether they think the turbo is worth the extra $$ over the other gas models is appreciated. I'm also interested in the ACTUAL price people have paid for their Beetles, if I may be so bold as to ask. I'm in a quandry between going for a new one, or saving a few bucks and looking for a 98. Any insight is welcomed. Thanks in advance to all replies.