1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 from North America


Not my kind of car, but really can't complain


I have had a few problems, but nothing major. Brought it in for an oil change, and had to sign a...apparently I had NO oil in my engine at all. I couldn't tell.

The plastic parts need to be handled with care. The side mirrors control switch broke right off, and I have yet to figure out why.

First gear is EXTREMELY SMALL. I can't get through a whole intersection without having to shift, and I'm already in shifting into fourth at 35 mph.

CD changer occasionally doesn't work, especially when it's cold.

The A bars (four corners of the cab) are in the worst positions possible. I can't see blind spots, traffic around curves, or the cars pulling out in front of me in parking lots.

General Comments:

All my previous cars have been 6 cylinders, and this is my first experience with a 4 cylinder vehicle. I can't tell if it's supposed to sound that loud, or if I'm being obnoxious.

Overall, the heated seats are a life-saver! The car warms up quickly, the drive train is solid, and the gas mileage is great. The stock sound system is very very good, the dash is the size of my coffee table.

You cannot, however, put anyone over about 5'5 in the back seat, the way its constructed, the back roof slopes down too much. But it's got a TON of leg room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 from North America


Fun, but a hassle with small annoying problems


So far, the left window button snapped off, no biggie.

My fog light is burnt out, no biggie.

My passenger side window fell into the door! That's not fun.

But my biggest problem with it so far is the 'Check Engine' light won't go away! I've had it fixed three times! It must be a glitch in the system. Hey what do I know I'm a nineteen yr old girl. I just wanted something cute and red :)

General Comments:

Well, I just got the car, I'm paying for it myself and the payments are pretty hefty considering I have 0 credit. Fortunately I have "The Guardian" three year warranty. After reading some of the other reviews I noticed a pattern developing here, they all have the same problems. I just hope I got lucky and got a good egg. All in all I think it's a practical car, but the interior does wear down fast, and the speakers can't handle a lot of bass. I have black interior and it gets dirty very quickly. Another thing I noticed that the car kicks if you accelerate too quickly after changing gears. My advice: Baby it, it doesn't take abuse well like my Toyota Corolla did, that's one tough cookie!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

1999 Volkswagen Beetle from North America


An unreliable car that falls apart on you


Be prepared for a long list.

Front headlights blew 4 times - yes 4 times each!!

Fuses in the car keep failing - I've had it fixed 3 times, and can't bother anymore.

The whole car wears very badly.

The window buttons keep falling off, have replaced once already, and again, can't bother anymore.

Air bag indicator light keeps flashing, had to get this fixed twice.

Get ready for this one... Passenger side window came crashing down.

Better yet, was driving today, made the 100,000 Km mark on the car, cheered that the car made it, and then at 100,003, NO joke, the driver's side window came crashing down.

Catalytic converter failed completely. I was told after they replaced it that it completely fell apart inside its casing. I was also told by many mechanics, that it shouldn't fail.

Car battery died after 2 years. It's a new car, c'mon!

General Comments:

This has got to be the worst car I've ever purchased.

Service from Volkswagen is scary, they couldn't care.

Once had to print out a page from a Beetle forum on how to fix something that was wrong, and show the service manager.

Calling head office leads you to call centre, who do everything in their power to make sure you don't get anything accomplished.

Honestly, I can say that this is probably the worst company I've ever come across in my life.

Worst service, worst product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th June, 2003

13th Jul 2003, 12:47

You need John Muir's, "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" - a very, loving zen-style treatise written in the early 70s before flower-power had wilted.

12th Sep 2003, 18:51

I agree. Sad to say, I own a GLS myself. Prior to purchasing this vehicle, the New Beetle was my dream car. After over 9 visits, 8 rental cars, 3 different service centers, all for the same problem or similar, in less than 10 MONTHS of owning this car, it has been a nightmare. The dealership I purchased this car from so "generously" offered to buy it back... at a much lower price, of course. Leaving me $1000++ in debt and no car. I cannot it clear conscience sell this car to an actual person. VW never again. Carmax never again.