2002 Volkswagen BeetleMr DIY and wife - Atlanta Area GA01/31/2007
We LOVE the looks of the car.
We like the ride of the car ~ unless you are driving 16+ hours at a stretch ... then the seats get a bit uncomfortable.
We love how spunky our manual transmission is.
This is a FUN car to drive ...
And the price for a USED low mileage Beetle was sweet!
BUT ... loving the drive and owning it are two different things!!
I ABSOLUTE HATE that there is nothing that we can repair ourselves. Open the engine and there is nothing that looks "normal." Chilton's does not even publish a manual for this car ... it is NOT a Do-It-Yourself maintenance car.
Replacing a headlight costs $85!!! OMG ... how insane! The owner's manual advises ... take it to the dealer for changing light bulbs.
The beetle has a truly unique appearance, but other than that it's an average car. I had a beetle with a manual transmission which was really tight, so sometimes jumpy out of first gear (not fun in stop-and-go traffic). The performance was nothing special. And the seating isn't exactly comfortable. Other than that the car's quality is average. After a while minor things go wrong and it can be inconvenient because you have to go to the dealership to get it worked on.
In all honesty the beetle is fun for running around town, but not for a long commute or road trips. Would be great first car for a high school kid; just make sure it's an automatic.
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