2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T from North America
An unreliable disgrace of a car
ECU reprogrammed under warranty.
Mass-air sensor replaced under warranty.
Power window switches replaced twice.
Drivers' side window motor very very slow and intermittent.
Power trunk release still doesn't work quite right.
Random idiot lights (aka warning lights) decide to turn on now and then.
Finish on door handles and center console has worn away.
Cheap plastic dash rattles and squeaks.
Various other cheap plastic fittings have come loose.
What a disaster. There's always something wrong on this car. I've heard of the batteries frequently failing after about 2 years - thankfully that's never happened, it looks like it's a serious pain to replace. Thankfully, the service dept. has gone out of its way to fix the car under warranty, even once temporarily turning back the odometer to get it serviced under warranty (it was past the 36,000 mile warranty) and then putting it back where it was to keep everything legal (barely). The service department of VW has been the one thing that has kept this whole experience from being a total crock. Best service I've ever seen. Otherwise, don't buy this car. Never mind the decent turbo motor. It's really not worth it. Especially not for $24,000.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th June, 2003