I have only owned my 99 VW beetle for a couple of weeks, it had 72,000 miles and I am already nervous that I made a wrong decision.
After driving the car for only 120 miles, the check engine light came on, so the next day I took my VW to the local VW dealer, and they said that they needed to put the car on the shop computer to find out what the problem was, and that it would cost me 98.00 dollars. That's 100 bucks before we even get started on the 100 dollar an hour labor they provide. I was thinking that I could drive to parts America and have them put their computer on it for free, so that's what I did, Parts America said it was showing "multiple misfires" so I thought I would give it a shot and fix the thing myself, just as I have done with all my previous cars, after all, it's only plugs..
I removed the engine shroud and I couldn't believe my eyes the way the engine was built, you couldn't work on anything without taking something off that was in front of something else. This engine is designed so bad that you can't change plugs, nor wires because things are so tight that you can't get your hands on anything to do anything. VW doesn't even let you add brak fluid, instead they say to bring it to your dealer.. If this car was sold without the engine shroud, I am sure no one in their right mind would buy this car, the shroud is only there to hide this hideously designed cluster puck of an engine.
I did notice that the shroud was also just trapping the dirt and oil that drips from the oil filler cap onto the engine, and that the heat from the engine was being trapped from the shroud and caused the vacuum hoses to crack and shrink, and come off its connection. I bought a new hose for 2.00 and the check engine light went back off and the problem was fixed. I was lucky that the vacuum was the problem and not the plugs, vacuum can also cause multiple misfires, I fixed the car myself this time, but I'm not counting on being this lucky next time.
Fun car to drive, but built by a group of morons.