The best choice for me I could have made. I get compliments all the time. It's small, easy to handle, great on gas and fun to drive. In though it's a small car it has a lot of power. I've taken several long road trips without incident. My Love Bug is a dream come true!
After 5 years in Los Angeles, I decided I wanted a convertible. If you know anything about the convertible market, you know it's pretty limited. If you want something for less than $30k, you're down to about 3 models. Aesthetically, the bug convertible was the only one that suited me, but I wouldn't have gone for it if it didn't perform well. This is my first European car (after a Toyota and an Oldsmobile), so I was a little wary of handling and suspension. The first car I test drove was base model automatic and was extremely uncomfortable and hard to turn. The SE handles considerably better and over the course of the past year, is a pleasure to drive. For a small car, I would appreciate better gas mileage, but it consistently gets about the same mpg as my old 4dr alero sedan. Little things I've noticed: I was completely ignorant about the kind of exterior maintenance a soft top convertible requires, especially because it's a beige top and I do not have a covered garage situation. I spend a lot of time dry brushing the top and shampooing it. Be forewarned. I can't seem to find the right adjustment for the steering wheel height. The place where it's most comfortable for driving has the wheel blocking the speedometer reading. Inconvenient, but not a deal breaker. My one issue with quality is that a rattling in the window started a few months in. It's especially noticeable in highway driving, but is pretty consistent. I will take it in at some point to have it checked out, but have not done so yet. And finally, while two door cars are notoriously difficult to get in and out of, this isn't terrible. The front seats, rather than just bending forward, lift up and forward, giving considerably more leg room to get out. This is NOT the case with the EOS. A friend of mine has the EOS and it takes much more twisting and turning to get out of it.
It's round. It's adorable. It's a Beetle. Nothing else on the road looks like it. Looking for style? Buy a BMW. Looking for killer gas mileage? Buy a Prius. Looking for cavernous space? Buy any monster SUV. The Beetle gets good gas mileage, has better than average horsepower for a small car, and seats two comfortably - it actually seats four but IT IS a small car. A couple of notes about the convertible: all convertibles have a blindspot on both sides of the car when the top is up but this car also has blindspots when the top is down so always check twice before changing lanes; the trunk space is akin to the underseat space on an airplane. These were not deal breakers for me. The Beetle is a timeless classic that is safe, reliable, and so darned cute!