1999 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews - Page 6 of 13

1999 Volkswagen Beetle GLS turbo from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission turbo Automatic
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

If something else breaks, I'm selling it!

Faults:

Driver's side window knob broke off.

AC burnt out three times under warranty.

Inside headliners are pealing back.

Door panel leather has fallen away/$2000 each to fix.

Replaced serpentine belt four times so far.

Window tint is fading and pealing.

Car makes a strange sound when in windshield wiper mode.

Sensors on the car are $500.

All four hubcaps have fallen off.

General Comments:

The car is cute and people let you out of parking lots.

The car has pep and the break wear is minimal.

The car is easy to wash and wax due to its roundness.

The car handles well.

The car has headroom; I'm 6'4" tall and I'm comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th May, 2008

1999 Volkswagen Beetle GLS? 1.9 TDI turbo diesel from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

It is a fine car

Faults:

I have had issues.

Relay 109 was a problem until I saw it on the web.

Timing belt is much more involved than a wabbit was. I've got to see the dealer man (still looking for the TDI's favorite shop).

Filters, lights, and window / door problems are rather simple.

Starter was easy enough.

Tie rod ends were a simple replacement.

I almost enjoy doing the brakes on this car (I'm certain I should have replaced all of the fluid by now).

Damn good car. Too low.

Picked-up 4 steel wheels (take offs) from a dealer and mounted snow tires on them. This makes an easy switch for winter / summer.

A great car in the snow. Great car in the snow. Car, Snow - Great. That is all from New England.

General Comments:

Ooh, I sure wish I had read ahead.

By the way, I am blown away by the room in this Bug when the back seats are down. Good car, great in the snow HA.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2008

1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles

Summary:

Great body design, somewhat reliable. Buy a Honda for less money

Faults:

1/2 of quart of oil disappears through a black hole every month.

Coolant level would go down and turn on Low Coolant every month.

Exterior remote mirrors don't work.

Rear window defroster works and sometimes it doesn't.

Radio is junk.

Speakers are junk.

Engine is solid and stable.

Spark plugs are a hassle to change.

Rear auto Trunk release lock, sometimes works other times is does not.

Excellent Factory Paint.

Seats are somewhat uncomfortable.

General Comments:

Overall the car is Cute.

Strong Body and good engine.

Nice car to run at ease.

Engine sounds good up to 65MPH. After that it seems it's going to blow up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th December, 2007

1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Bugs suck!!!

Faults:

Well first off, when I got the car, the dealer sold me a lemon. I had a lot of problems as soon as I got it.

The first problem was that the car would not shift out of park.

In the year that I have had it, the paint has peeled off on the inside door panels.

The driver side window fell into the door, and I had to have the window regulator replaced.

The speakers blew.

The trunk only opens half the time.

The air only blows cold when you are moving.

The alarm goes off, even when you put the key in the ignition.

Since my car is white I call it Herbie.

The interior lights go on and off at random times.

Cruise control broke.

It sucks a lot of oil and more gas than what you think it takes; more than $40.00 to fill up the tank.

My boyfriend is a mechanic and he hates to work on my car. He says everything is hard to reach, and everything is so complicated. I guess I should be lucky he doesn't charge me labor.

General Comments:

It handles well and the interior is really roomy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th July, 2007

26th Jan 2009, 08:57

I love my beetle... you must have just gotten a bad defective one. I just got my 1999 beetle and it runs great, and still looks great! Just general repairs on a 10 year old car... but no complaints here.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 39 reviews