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Volkswagen New Beetle, Coupe, Hatchback
#584 of 760 Hi ashburn1- New or Used?
Mar 16, 2003 (8:49 am)
You may want to compare TSB's (technical service bulletins) and recalls for 2000-2003 VW New Beetles in Edmunds' Maintenance Guide. Also, be sure to check out the Consumer Ratings Section in our New and Used Vehicle Pricing Guides.
Lastly, this is a question you may want to also ask someone in the service department at your local VW dealership. Others here may have more to add.... Good luck, and please let us know what you decide. Happy shopping!
Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
#585 of 760 oil consumption
Jun 04, 2003 (5:04 pm)
(beetlenooz + others),(I posted a similar message under another discussion topic but it looks like I should have posted it here). My 2000 GLS (currently 55,000 miles) was consuming about 1/2 to 1 quart for 1000 miles. After having the dealer monitor it for about a year, they agreed to replace the rings under the 100,000 powertrain warranty. For anyone having the problem, I recommend having the dealer monitor the consumption (don't top it off yourself!)
Jun 08, 2003 (8:50 am)
Just curious but has anyone heard if VW was going to upgrade the radio in the New Beetle to handle a CD instead of a cassette? I understand that you can get a trunk mounted changer but that is a pain and really cassettes will soon be in the same category as 8-tracks. I also know that there are after market radios/stereo players but none come with the cool color scheme that VW uses, at least not to the extent that VW does. I think that the New Beetle is the only VW offering that has a cassette as the standard. Thanks in advance.
#587 of 760 Head Gasket or Water Pump?
Oct 20, 2003 (6:00 pm)
Just bought my daughter a 2000 GLX, had the ignition imobilization everyone is talking about at the first gas station I stopped at, but that is not the big problem. 200 miles later it experiences what I beleive was a blown head gasket (gray/white smoke out exhaust followed by check engine light followed by hight temp light). Car just has 60,000 miles! Dealer is saying it is a water pump problem, but I have never known a water pump failure to cause water to get into the combustion chamber and out the tail pipe. Anyone with similar experiences before I let the dealer start doing work on what I beleive to be the wrong system??
#589 of 760 2002 Beetle w/ no problems
Nov 03, 2003 (2:12 pm)
I bought my 2002 GL in October of 2002, so its a little over a year old now w/ 8500 miles. No problems, man. The oil does not burn away and the electric windows work reliably so far. VW even increased the warranty on the electric windows to 7 years.
I don't have anything bad to say about the New Bug. I used to own a couple of VWs in my youth, and while they were good, cheap and reliable, the New Beetle is all that, and a very much improved vehicle. When I'm going 80 on the expressway, it feels rock solid and even has a little more in reserve. I paid $17,200; out the door; that included freight, tag, tax & everything.
Ask me in another 90,000 if I really got a good deal, but right now, I'm thinking that I did.
#590 of 760 04 GL Model?
Nov 25, 2003 (9:49 pm)
My daughter is wanted a 04 GL Beetle.. but I have read alot about their reliability issues.
Can any VW owners comment one way or the other?
I see their warranty is a little better than other
Nov 26, 2003 (10:22 am)
I just traded in my 2001 Beetle with 42,000 miles on it for a 2004 Beetle Convertible Gls turbo. I just had a few minor problems and all were taken care of by the dealer. I totally recommend it, I love car so much it is so much fun. Just make sure you get a dealer with good customer service, you will be their more than you will like.
#593 of 760 1999 GLS1.8t
Dec 22, 2003 (7:48 pm)
My '99 is five years old, and though it has relatively few miles on it (30K), I have had absolutely no problems. Been back to the dealer only for scheduled maintenance. In my opinion, the audio system is poor, but beyond that the car has been great.
My sister, on the other hand, has a 2001 GL, and says she loves driving the car but will never buy another (it's already had two brake jobs in 45,000 miles, and she had lots of problems with the electrical system).
That said, I'm thinking of trading mine in for a new Subaru Forester XT, mainly due to a change in lifestyle--I've moved to a house on a dirt road, and the NB has virtually no road clearance--not a pretty sight in the winter.
MY QUESTION: Anyone heard of or dealt with a site called Galves? They seem to be the site of choice for dealers, and allegedly (or at least according to the dealer) their trade-in prices for the 99 NB are 3k lower than Edmund's.