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Volkswagen New Beetle, Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Convertible
#171 of 436 Re: My 2003 New Beetle 1.8T Convertible [whatacar]
Apr 06, 2005 (10:44 am)
That's a bummer. My 2004 New Beetle 2.0 Convertible is a really nice little car. I enjoy driving it. I did test a new Turbo before buying the 2.0 and my husband and I decided the 2.0 GLS was a better deal. It is his understanding that the Turbos have more problems and wear out sooner than the 2.0.
We have owned several VWs, including a Cabriolet and 2 Jettas. The only complaint I have about my 2004 Convertible is the cigarette lighter thing on the back bottom of the center console (right in front of the foot room for the center of the back seat) is broken and won't stay closed. The former owner said he had it replaced once and it broke again. I've got it taped shut (for the safety of my 2 granddaughters) until I can get it fixed at the dealership. Has anyone else had that problem?
#172 of 436 Re: gas mileage problems [babyblue013]
Apr 07, 2005 (8:21 am)
babyblue, I was also noticing the gas mileage issue with my 2004 1.8T 5 speed convertible beetle had the care tested a couple of times with no recognized issue from the computers. Every week it was going down regardless of the fact that I have been having the oil and filter changed on schedule.
Last week the check engine light came on the day I filled the tank. My service guy recommended that I double check the tightness of the gas cap (I did). The light went off until yesterday. Yesterday I suddenly experience a loss of gas flow of some sort. The poor care was choking to get gas. Considering I only have 16k miles in almost two years of driving, it is quite distressing.
This morning the car would only move in reverse, for some reason it can no longer get gas going forward. I have to say Volkswagen Roadside assistance is great as they had someone out here to take it to the dealership in under an hour.
I love this car and thank goodness my dealership is great, I just don't want to get in the habit of visiting them too often.
I will let you know what they find out just in case yours is headed down the same path.
#173 of 436 Bike rack
Apr 19, 2005 (6:29 pm)
Does anyone know of a bike rack for the New Beetle convertible?
#174 of 436 Re: 7700 miles [mv4damunchkin] Seeking advice re: buying used new beetle [87cab]
Apr 22, 2005 (11:40 pm)
i was a freshman in college in '87, and would have almost killed to be driving a cabriolet then. lucky you. glad it has been trusty. i curse the fact that i spent my twenties driving with a hard top. bought a miata at 29, bypassing the 'cabrio'. but last year decided i needed more safety and a backseat. i still marvel when i see old cabriolets on the road. what a great car. i'm now in the nbc, 1.8t manual. i was hesitant to buy it due to all the bugs in the cars from that assembly plant (puebla,mexico) but must say it has been very reliable to date (10k miles). it may lack the charm and originality of your '87, but more than makes up for it with power and modern conveniences (full complement of airbags, traction control, abs, heated seats, power top, LOUD stereo, quiet, smooth). despite the quality control issues, vw really went the extra mile with the engineering and conveniences. there is nothing like it available at the same price.
#175 of 436 Re: Ode to the New Beetle [jasmith52]
Apr 23, 2005 (9:36 am)
I just tried to get the rock shield off of my 2004 New Beetle convertible, and there are 4 additional bolts that do not come off with a torx bit. Anyone removed these?
#176 of 436 CD Changer Problems
May 05, 2005 (12:21 pm)
Can anyone help me....I installed a "OEM" Audiovox 6 disc changer bought off Ebay in my wife's '03 GLS Convertible, (My Dealer wanted $900 for the armrest changer). I did not want to use a universal changer with a FM modulator as I wanted to use the factory changer controls on the head unit. The changer came with the correct adapter and my factory head unit works it perfectly. The converter hooks up in the center console, and I installed the changer in the trunk, originally under the parcel shelf, and now with velco to the carpet.
The unit skips very badly, it seems to be much better if the volume is turned up, and rarely skips, no matter what the road surface?? At normal volume levels it will skip on any moderate road bump. ti does nto catch back up in the song, and I have to clear it by going back out of CD mode for about a minute. Does that make any sense? Has anyone had any luck with non factory changers using the factory in dash unit's controls? Is there soemthing I am doing wrong? I have returned the changer and adapter to the vendor, both were returned as said to have tested "OK". Any ideas are welcome....
#178 of 436 Re: Bike rack [ekrob]
May 18, 2005 (9:09 am)
I am also interested in a bike rack for a NBC with parktronic,
can anybody give advice?
#180 of 436 upgrading suspension
May 19, 2005 (4:39 pm)
I recently bought a used 1.8T convertable shorty after testing the turbo S hardtop. I found a huge difference in the handling. I loved the turbo S. I find my 1.8T to be very sloppy around the curves, lots of screeching tires. Does anyone know the difference between the suspensions of these two cars? Would upgrading the convertable void the warrenty? Is it the tires?