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Dec 23, 1999 (12:05 am)
Just bought 2k beetle GLS Turbo on 11/29/99. No problems after 1500 miles. Trunk light stayed on a few times but thats it. Doesn't really get that good of gas mileage. And it only takes 92 octane which in Ca. is very expensive. Iv'e driven a Lexus, Mercedes E class, Volvo T-5 and this VW rides just as good if not better. Its top of the line with any car on the street. My friends own the fore-mentioned cars and so far I have'nt let them know I have this car.The VDUB can hold it's own.
#22 of 30 1.8T reassurance
Dec 29, 1999 (4:38 am)
I contacted a dealer about my color wishes and
was told I would need to wait a spell.
In the meantime, I'm getting cold feet for
two reasons: (1) reliability (2) rattles.
Any positive experiences to share?
Jan 08, 2000 (1:14 am)
Just acquired a 5 speed 2000 GLX . . . . hoping it runs well . . some of these posts have me a bit worried . . .but so far (first day, the car's perfect. Let us pray! Pete
#24 of 30 99 Turbo Diesel acceleration problem
Jan 29, 2000 (11:41 am)
I've had a 1999 Turbo Diesel for 13 months.
I encountered a one-time (i hope) problem after i shifted into third. the car accelerated on its own, pinning the rpm gauge and causing clouds of white smoke from the exhaust. Even putting it in neutral didn't help. I had to stop the car. When I started it again (I was a mile from home), I drove slowly, but it accelerated again (more white smoke). I had it towed in and they couldn't verify the problem - i've driven it for two days now (~100 miles) and no problem yet.
It occurred with 19900 miles. I've heard that this may have happened with other models. Any similar experiences? (I hope not for your sake).
#25 of 30 1.8T reassurance
Feb 09, 2000 (3:56 pm)
tbrodie -- I got my 1.8T auto (yellow w/ luxury package) in October. This is by far, the greatest car in the world! It makes everyone smile.
I've only had one problem.... the day I took it in for it's states inspection, I was tooling around town looking for someone to inspect it and I found a station that would, they asked me to pull over on the side and wait, so I backed up and parked. Turns out they couldn't inspect it at that time, so I tried to take off. It took me about 5 tries to get the engine to stay running (it would cut off after a few seconds), then my airbag light stayed on. Took it to the dealer, they couldn't find anything, so they reset the computer. No issue since. I do occassionally have trouble getting my gas cover to open, but holding the switch up and a little persuasion with a key as a lever opens it right up. All new cars have quirks.
Everything on this thing is automatic, so I sprung for the extended warranty so I could drive with no worries. The car is not a bargain, but it is pure joy. It's unique and it makes you perpetually happy! I've got 3.5k on mine now. I waited several months for it and paid msrp. I just got Wet Okole custom seat covers for it, they even embroidered the beetle logo on them. I'm trying to rationalize buying the daisy rims for it (they cost $179 each if you get white 'petals').
Feb 09, 2000 (11:09 pm)
The CAA's Autopinion 2000 is out, and the best thing you can say about New Beetles is their mechanicals are sound (engine, transmission, steering, braking) but they hired Austin-Rover-Triumph electrical engineers to design and do Q.A. on their electricals and electronics.
bug4peg. Your CAR makes you perpetually happy? Have you tried rebooting your personality and values? Get a grip! Get two. Get another.
BTW, I have an ocean-side villa just outside of Regina that's "not a bargain, but it is a pure joy". I will accept either cash or cashier's cheque for your convenience.
It would be wonderful if the Bug was well engineered and built, but from what I see here they haven't learned ANYTHING from my VW Rabbit 20 years ago!!! But at these margins, and with enough willing people, why should they? (and on tonight's NOVA, affluenza)
#27 of 30 New Beetle GLX Reliability
Feb 14, 2000 (4:10 am)
Would appreciate information from any of you who have owned the GLX long enough to have an opinion about reliability and performance. Thanks
#28 of 30 GLX Reliability
Mar 02, 2000 (9:29 pm)
I'm on number two as seen above (2000). The second one now has 2500 miles with no problems.
Performance is a complete hoot. No complaints there at all.
I started this thread in July 1999. I now feel comfortable enough to close it. The Disaster has ended.
Mar 03, 2000 (2:43 pm)
Glad to hear the update zderf!
I've got just over 5k on my GLX with no probs. I just love these cars!
#30 of 30 carlady
Mar 05, 2000 (3:40 am)
The icelady cometh...