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Volkswagen New Beetle, Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Convertible
#240 of 436 05 vs 06 vw beetle convertible
Dec 03, 2005 (8:32 am)
After the new Year we will be purchasing one... I would like to know what is the difference, and why are the 2006 cheaper than the 2005 ???? Should I get auto, or manual... What is the best engine... Our dealer has so many 2005, My boss said I should get a 2004 (always buy a 2 year old car-low miles, so all the bugs are out of it) any ideas????
#241 of 436 2006 beetle convertible
Dec 03, 2005 (8:43 am)
I bought the first beetle conv in Canada and was quite happy with it until it had a recall on the top. After the recall it was never the same.It got to the point were the roof had to be replaced,but even the new roof i was not much better.Finally VW Canada agreed to take the car back [14mths left on lease]if i would buy /lease a new one which i wanted to do anyway.I now have a 2006 beetle conv and so far i am very happy with it .The car has more power, handles better and feels much tighter.Time will tell if there are going to be problems,so far so good.Paul Brown
#242 of 436 Re: NEW BUYER [lilred250]
Dec 03, 2005 (8:53 am)
I have just bought a 2006 nbc after having a 2003 nbc,the difference is night and day especially with the bigger engine.Also it gets better gas mileage with the 5lt engine. And the price is less on the 2006 than the 2005.
#243 of 436 airbag deployment weight sensor
Dec 11, 2005 (11:04 am)
Which model year was the weight sensor in the front passenger seat that influences airbag deployment introduced?
We know that they are at least in the 2005 new beetle. The weight sensor causes the airbag system to be active only if the passenger is, I believe, greater than 80 lbs. (ie., a child can sit in front and the airbag won't deploy in a sudden impact)
#244 of 436 Re: Beetle ride quality [iward]
Dec 12, 2005 (9:56 pm)
I have no problem with the ride, but my radio also has terrible reception. The car is going in for repair for the second time since I bought it new in August 2005. It only has 5200 miles on it. I already had the faulty LCD unit for the center brakelight replaced. The radio, as mentioned, gets poor reception all the time (I am told it is possibly a problem with the antenna base), the roof latch is defective- squeaks and rattles because it doesn't close properly, the trunk latch is defective- doesn't lock unless you apply constant firm pressure while closing, the leather upholstery is pulling out from under the lever which allows the front seat to pull forward for access to the rear seat, and the clips on the headliner are faulty - it comes unclipped under the rear window every time the roof is put down.
So far the engine is fine - but everything else around it is falling apart. I've had the car only 4 months and I'm the only one who drives it. I'm waiting to see what falls apart next......
#245 of 436 Re: NEW BUYER [lilred250]
Dec 14, 2005 (6:36 pm)
I have a 2004 VW Convertible Turbo. It only has 8,000 miles on it. I think you should read this forum before you buy one. Mine gets terrible gas mileage but other than that no problems yet but I do not feel confident that these cars are reliable. I am sure however, if you were to go on any other car forum you will find similar complaints. However, my biggest complaint is poor gas mileage. Barely getting 15-l/2 16 mpg city driving. 20 mpg highway. The head mechanic said he doesn't believe it has anything to do with the turbo as the turbo doesn't really kick in until you get to a certain speed which he thinks I never even get to and the fact that the engine never gets to heat up properly since I only have a very short commute (less than 3 miles) to work.
#246 of 436 How does the 2006 convertible do in the Snow?
Dec 22, 2005 (11:25 am)
Can anyone who lives in the Northeast tell me how a convertible beetle does in the snow? Please provide any useful comments I should know regarding how the bug does in bad weather The 2006 now has traction control. Does anyone have any experience with that?
#247 of 436 Pink diesel VNBC
Dec 29, 2005 (1:22 pm)
My daughter wants a New Beetle Convertible, but really wants to get it in pink (the 2006 advertisements from VW show it in pink, but I have not seen pink listed as a factory color on the web site or in brochures). I have also heard that it may be available with the diesel engine soon. Does anyone know if either of these options will be available?
#248 of 436 2006 ipod hook-up
Jan 08, 2006 (9:44 pm)
i purchased a 2006 bug convertible that i absolutely love however, i have no idea how to get the hook up for my ipod. it comes with an auxillary outlet to hook it up, but when i asked apple about the part they told me i have to get the wire from my dealer, then when i went to the dealer they told me apple supplies me with it. can somebody help because i really want to use my ipod in my car.
Jan 09, 2006 (3:42 am)
My daughter, a college student, recently purchased a '02 Jetta with the 2.0 engine and manual transmission. The car looks and drives great, but I'm concerned about VW's reliability record. Am wondering what experience you've had with your '02 Jetta, what oil you use and oil change intervals, and whether you feel comfortable with the lifetime coolant.
My apology for posting this in the New Beetle Convert topic.