We have owned this vehicle for a little more than 4 months. We already are having problems with it. I was stranded on the freeway. We are glad that we bought the 'Max Care warranty'; but still are very, very concerned about the reliability of it. So far the local VW dealer has diagnosed the problem as a fuel pump and sensor issue, but it keeps stalling and still at the dealer. We bought this car for emotional reasons. I got my drivers license in a VW BUG and we started dating in the same car. We really want to fall in love with this vehicle again, but wondering if this BUG has a permanent Virus!! The rating on this car would be a 2.5 out of 5 stars!!
I love my bug, but I have had several problems with it. This car has been my dream car since I was a child. That is why I'm so disapointed that I am going to get rid of it before my warenty runs out. I can't sfford this money pit. Every little thing that goes wrong it has to go to the dealer. I'm use to cars that my husband can work on no problem, not this car. This car has been fun, but I will never buy a VW again.
We bought a 2001 Beetle with 1.8L Turbo in the spring of 2004. Since then, it has been in the shop at least four times. Twice for various engine sensors ($200-300 bill each time) once for a failed water pump and timing belt at only 50k miles ($700 bill) and now for a broken seat and arm-rest. Also, the black paint is peeling on the hood (we're not going to bother repairing cosmetic issues). Also, the headlights seem to burn out with great frequency and the tape deck doesn't quite work right. So for a car with only 60k miles on it, I am disappointed at how quickly it is wearing-out. Performance wise it handles very well and has a lot of pep off the line. I was pleasantly surprised at the "driveability" of this "economy" car. The leather interior is of excellent quality and the heated seats are a nice luxury to have in the winter. In all, I have mixed feelings. I enjoy driving this car but the quality of the plastic and electronic items is poor. I would advise others against buying one for this reason.