1999 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews - Page 7 of 13

1999 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance99200 miles

Summary:

Like two star crossed lovers! (me and my car)

Faults:

Transmission slams in lower gears for the past three years. No one can tell me why!

Third eye break light, gas door never worked.

Tan interrior is grey. Every little plastic piece in side car has been replaced.

Tail lights, head lights, have to pound on them to get them to work.

Head liner is falling.

Radio buttons pushed in/fell off.

Cadilitic converter bad.

Had cooling fan replaced twice in 3 years!

General Comments:

I LOVE my car! Just wish it was better put together. I bought it at a no credit/bed credit shyster place. But Volkswagen has treated me like royalty. They replaced my cadilitic converter for FREE! There is an extension on it. Check it out! I take it to Volkswagen once a year for a check up. Just spent $1,675.20 in maintainance. Serpentine belt, timing belt, hoses, fans & so on.

Bottom line it is 8 years old, needs work. Cars now a days are not made to last. If you want one, buy a new one, or lease one. I think of my car some times like I am restoring a 1969 Beetle. Not a 1999.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2007

1999 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.85 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.85 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired500 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A wondrous car, fun, full of pep, and a joy to drive

Faults:

Just a few minor things:

Heated seat on driver's side quit working.

AC not working.

Knob to adjust driver's side mirror fell off.

Had to replace passenger side window mechanism.

Heated side mirrors not working.

I have had no issues related to the car's ability to drive. The engine is in great shape and performs wonderfully. Everything that has gone wrong has been rather trivial and not related to driving or safety issues.

General Comments:

I love this car! I have owned it for 7 years and all, but 500 of its 123,000+ miles and I hope to keep it for many more years. When it does reach the end, I hope VW is still making the New Beetle so I can replace it with another one.

Why do I love it?

Fun to drive, corners nicely, the turbo gives it a lot of pep just when I need it.

Comfortable seats. I have driven as much as 15 hours in one day and I am totally comfortable in the seats without any problems by the end of the day.

Cute...it just plain still puts a smile on my face to look at it, even after 7 years.

Great gas mileage. I average 32mpg on the highway an about 29mpg in town. Yes, you could get cars with better fuel consumption, but they are usually like driving a tin can and not solid like the New Beetle. And most cars with good gas mileage are gutless wonders. Ugh! I love having a zippy engine and good gas mileage. What a lovely combination!

Safety: Since it is solid and designed well for safety with good crumple zones, etc. I know that I am safe in this car should an accident happen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2006

1999 Volkswagen Beetle from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Looks cute, but it's deceiving

Faults:

Since the first year I had the car my alarm would randomly go off even when I unlocked the car, I had to get my timing belt replaced, and some other belt replaced, a temperature gauge replaced, my trunk would randomly pop open.. the inside of doors wears away really fast. Oh and all power locks and power windows will mess up on you, that's for sure.!!

It sucks up oil, and today it randomly would not start. It was not the battery because it would not even try to turn over, so this is probably another problem to add to the list. My alternator needs to be replaced..

General Comments:

This car is quick and handles well, it's really safe and has saved my life more than once. But the inside gets destroyed really easy and the electrics of the car randomly messes up. It's very unreliable and the Volkswagen service is not very productive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2006

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