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#51 of 73 Re: 2005 VW Beetle convertible [belaircarguy]
Feb 22, 2009 (9:01 am)
HI. Thanks for your reply. I appreciate it. We haven't bought the Beetle yet, but are still reading and doing some searching. I notice the 05's with low mileage are running between $14,500 and $17,000 from what I've seen. Do you think there's much of a difference bewtween the turbo and straight 4? Does your Beetle have the power top or semi-automatic top? Also, how does the car handle at 65 miles an hour? Is it a smooth ride?
Thanks again for your help. Best of luck with your car!! Enjoy the nice weather coming up!
#52 of 73 Re: 2005 VW Beetle convertible [jeep53]
Feb 26, 2009 (7:02 pm)
My 2008 convertible has the 2.5 liter 5 cylinder engine. It does not have the turbo. I cannot comment on the turbo, but i did read they are peppier and also have good reliability.
Our SE model has the power top. You do have to unlatch the top (above the mirror) and then just push the button. It will lock in place in the down position. Then just push the button again to raise the top. Again, you have to then latch it in place. A very tight fitting top - virtually no wind noise and also warm (this winter has been very cold and the car is not drafty).
I have taken this car on a 500 mile (on way) drive with my daughter. The front seats are very comfortable and the car rides very well (expressway driving at 65-70 mph). I would not hesitate at all taking the bug on long trips, other than you do have limited trunk space. Handling is superb - no blowing around behind large trucks or cross winds.
#53 of 73 VW- NOT being licensed in CO?
Aug 23, 2009 (10:09 am)
I met yesterday with the -lease end- guy at the dealer my VW Bug convert. came from. The guy says he can't do anything about the residual bcse VW owns the car and VW is not licensed in the state of CO. (He claims that CO. is one of 3 states that is the case.) My red flag alert and b.s. meter went up. Q- Is this true and what does VW not being licensed mean (to any one who buys or leases a car in one of these three states?) MY objective, like everyone is to pay a fair buyout. This guy is telling me they are powerless to do anything.....I rather doubt that. Am I up a creek w/o a paddle? Thank you in advance
#54 of 73 Re: VW- NOT being licensed in CO? [itslisa]
Aug 23, 2009 (11:11 am)
I don't know if CO laws or VW policies have changed, but when we got to the end of our lease of our '99 NB in Colorado, VW Finance made an attractive offer for financing the residual. Low APR, and, if I remember correctly, a small decrease in the residual value.
You should talk with VW Finance directly, not your dealer, regarding your options.
(BTW, my local VW dealer was McDonald Auto Group in Englewood)
#55 of 73 Re: VW- NOT being licensed in CO? [michaell]
Aug 23, 2009 (11:41 am)
Michaell, Thank you for your response. Same dealer in question. I had already talked with VW and they sent me to the dealer! VW is a pain - - - to deal with whether it be dealer or corp. It has been my experience that neither care about resolve. Perhaps that should be my Q to exit stage left? I do love my car though... SO FAR no huge issues.
#56 of 73 Re: VW- NOT being licensed in CO? [itslisa]
Aug 24, 2009 (7:49 am)
I would call VW Finance and ask to speak with a supervisor .. generally, the front line folks who work the phones don't have a lot of authority and, in many cases, work from a prepared script.
Eventually, you should be able to talk with someone who can make a decision .. let them know you are considering turning the car in and getting a different brand. It' not likely that they want to see you walk.
Our NB ("Beauty") had a few small issues as well that required visits to the dealer, but we had purchased an extended warranty so didn't cost much out of pocket.
Good luck and let us know how everything turned out.
#57 of 73 09 New Beetle Convertible price
Sep 27, 2009 (8:56 pm)
Was just quoted the following for a CASH deal in Southern California...
$24,000...from an MSRP price of $27,350 for a 2009 Convertible. They offered a $2,500 Friends and Family type of incentive ( we own a 09' Rabbit as well).
My thoughts are they can do better as the 2010s are only a few weeks away.
#58 of 73 Re: 09 New Beetle Convertible price [viewty]
Oct 10, 2009 (4:31 am)
VW only has about $1000 markup from invoice to sticker price. You can check it on several pricing websites to confirm. In my case, I bought a 2008 Beetle Convertible in June 2008. Got about $1500 off sticker. I would say if you are getting a total of $2500 off sticker, you got a good deal. Not sure who is kicking in the $2500 for Friend and Family, but I doubt you will find a better deal.
P.S. You will love the convertible!
#59 of 73 Re: 09 New Beetle Convertible price [belaircarguy]
Oct 10, 2009 (9:16 am)
Thanks for the info as I feel much better knowing that I got a good deal. We went into the showroom with no intent to buy, and the next thing I am doing is negotiating with no idea of what the base costs were.
And you are right, we love the convertible!