2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS from North America

Summary:

All in all, I got my money's worth

Faults:

My shock absorbers gave way at 20,000 miles.

Also, while at 20,000 miles, I changed my brake rotors and brake pads.

There was this day when I lost its repair manual. I felt stupid due to its loss. It may be a small thing compared to the parts mentioned above, but it is as important as those.

General Comments:

The car is small but comfortable. It makes me look young and cool.

Its speed is at a satisfactory level.

The best part is that its car parts are easy to find. I could buy those on the Internet.

After losing the repair manual, I bought one online instead of going to the dealer. Here is the site where I bought the repair manual: http://www.vdubpartsdirect.com/vw_repairmanuals.html

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2007

2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLX turbo from North America

Summary:

Money pit

Faults:

I have a 2000 Beetle.

Here's my wonderful experience with it:

Check engine light always on.

Dashboard lights always burn out when using my command start. Dealer fixed it twice. Still happens, therefore, I don't use my command start anymore. (Money wasted)

Paint coming off door handle (interior)

All the little plastic things falling off inside. (Eg: headrest push buttons, the console cover, automatic window controls.)

Costs a fortune just to change a light bulb, because after all, they made it so you can't do it yourself for a couple of bucks.

Cable line broke for automatic flip open.

Power windows on the fritz...twice.

Electrical problems abundant.

On and on it goes.

General Comments:

Thankfully I'm selling my car.

Cute car for sure, brutal dealership, brutal car.

Dodge, here I come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd November, 2006

23rd Mar 2010, 09:55

I fully agree. I will never buy a VW ever again. The quality is so poor that you will not think your car is cute at all.

I had problems with the windows (they would roll down but then not roll up).

The check engine light is forever coming on, and sometimes the dealer can't even figure out why.

Knobs and things falling off all the time.

The trunk is so heavy that you have to be right there when you unlatch it to get it open (meaning you can't use the trunk latch inside the car).

The car is a bunch of junk. Do yourself a favor and do NOT consider VW. I do not know of a single VW owner who is happy with his/her car.

24th Mar 2010, 08:19

"Dodge, here I come.".. From the frying pan into the fire...

2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Outstanding

Faults:

I had to replace the Ignition Coil within the first month of owning the car. I've also had to replace the Bank 1 O2 Sensor and the Air Bag indicator light recently came on.

General Comments:

Overall, I am excited with the handling, comfort and fuel mileage that I get in from this little car. I purchased a 6 year old car with over 42k mile. The few problems I've experienced have been very minor and expected. It has been a very reliable car. I purchased the car when gas prices sky rocket so I could save money at the pump and to keep a lot of miles off of my Ford Expedition (My true baby). It has served it purpose beautifully. I've found myself enjoying this little car more and more. I also own a 2003 VW Passat with the 1.8L Turbo and haven't experience any problems at all. I did have a problem with the beetle burning and excessive amount of oil when I first purchased the car, but as with all of my auto, I put Mobil 1 Full Synthetic Oil and haven't had a problem with it burning oil. I've been hard on this car and if it can handle my day-to-day driving, then it's a winner. I drive from Southern Virgina to Northern Virginia (3.5 hours) at least twice a month and my average speed is 70 - 80 mph and it handles great. I would buy another VW in heart beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2006