2001 Volkswagen BeetleInvestment Guy - Chicago12/19/2006
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.
Second vehicle and probably the last. Bought a Volvo first, then the Beatle. While the concept is great, the work force is even better! The missing link to all this is the cars themselves. Both turned out to be complete lemons. Great idea, great people, poor product.
I bought my Beetle in January. I love everything about it. The look, the ride, and all the extas (heated seats, monsound, Leather seats, moon roof). I have a manual five speed and love the power of the car. It truly is fun to drive.
For anyone who wants a Beetle I say go for it. I am 60 plus years and enjoy driving my bug. It is roomy inside and I have no problem getting packages and things in the trunk. Very roomy too.
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