Volkswagen New Beetle Ratings
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - GL TDI (M5) Hatchback
Pros: the headlights ,,there those xexones headlamps
Cons: was kinda disipointed with the lack of sound with the monsoons stereos,,i do have the cd changer in the armrest.i dont like that either!!!!
Advice: alot of bang for the buck ,just hard to fit alot of people in this carwas the 1st time eye drove a tdi,sluggish at 1st on the hy wow it opens up ,and eye smile when eye drive past the gas stations.i bought the nicest one they offered ,the gls leather and all power,,,wish they had power seats insted of heated seats/
2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Turbo S (M6) Hatchback
Pros: The performance of the turbo engine .
Cons: Blind spots with the top up.
Advice: Get the best deal that you can. They are pricey for the class of car.Test drive was impressive, but should have done the test with the convertible top both down and up. There are some small rattles that I didn't notice with the top down.
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Turbo S (M6)
Pros: Love the 180 HP engine coupled with the 6speed trans and fat tires
Cons: The sport seats are a bit uncomfortable on my thighs during longer trips
Advice: Buy the latest model you can with the TDI or Turbo engine, try not to smile every time you drive itPicked up the car after finding it on Cars.com for $5k less than local dealers. Seeing it makes you want to smile, driving it requires plastic surgery to wipe the smirk off of your face. Wife and I now argue over who gets to drive. I looked at every level and model of Bug and based on other reviews here and other sites narrowed my search to '01 and later. The Turbo S just fell into my lap. Those 180hp, 17' tires, 6 sp trans, sport suspension and monsoon stereo make driving to work fun...going home more so. I test drove everything in the $10-15k range and after driving the Beetle I was hooked. Others may have better reliability ratings or be more practical but if you want to live a little, break out of the econobox and go drive a Bug. German ride and performance v. Japanese reliability and ho-hum design... Oh, and with the '02 models VW upped the bumper to bumper warranty to 4/50,000 so there you can have your cake and eat it too! Oh, if yours doesn't come with a CD changer...go buy a MP3 player, half the price and more capability with no instillation necessary. Highly recommend this.
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLX (M5) Convertible
Cons: nothing (except having to get out of the car)
Advice: check out this car!loved this car! I could test drive this car all day if I could! Handeling is great steering is awesome love this car!
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLS TDI (M5) Hatchback
Pros: Handling at normal speed
Cons: Side mirrors are too small
Advice: Get the diesel and shift about 2KThis car handles extremely well for being a sub-compact and a diesel. The engine took some getting used to because the diesel does not have the instant pep of a gas engine, but put it out on the highway and press the pedal. Next thing you know, your hitting 90 and the engine is not even whining. The front seats are comfortable in town and on long trips because there are so mnay ways to position them. The rear seat gets a little cramped for adults. I'm 6'1' and don't have any head room back there. If you can keep the speed under 65, you can expect over 600 miles per tank. I average about 40 in town including sitting in the school car pool lines.
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GL (M5) Hatchback
Pros: Interior comfort
Cons: Rear window needs a wiper
Advice: Shop around for the best dealExcellent car for the money!
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLX (M5)
Pros: Excelent on gas
Cons: Taking it to shop once a month
Advice: Dont buy oneliked they way it drove and the head room space was good as well