2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.7 turbo diesel from North America


I absolutely love my VW Beetle


The check engine light is on because the secondary air pump went out. It's only needed for emissions though, and where I live I don't have to pass emissions.

Other than that, just the normal wear and tear for at car with 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love Volkswagens and I have wanted a Beetle forever, so I'm probably a little biased, but I love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2010

2001 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L 4 cylinder from North America


Need to have deep pockets with this car!


Where do I start on what has gone wrong with this car! I have had this car 1 1/2 years.

* Radiator fans stop working.

* Car overheated and took it to the shop. The coolant flange ($67) has a huge hole in it that within 5 seconds of adding coolant, it is all over the road. Then I come to find out the thermostat housing is broken and the water pump is broken in half, along with other things. Total repair was $700.

* Engine light is constantly on.

* Windows are temperamental, not rolling down or up sometimes. Has bad lag.

* Coil burnt up in engine ($295), plus $125 in labor.

Four days after getting it back, the engine died and now I find out the air box is cracked, converter is completely plugged up and the header pipe is cracked. So far I have spent almost half on repairs of what I bought it for.

General Comments:

I will never buy another VW as long as I live.

I wish I could find the man who sold me this car, and stick the bug where the sun don't shine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2010

2001 Volkswagen Beetle from North America


Would never own another Volkswagen product


Replaced three air flow meters and five oxygen sensors in four years and only 14,791 miles.

General Comments:

Cute, but can't afford the service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st April, 2010

2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 from North America


Good car, flawed quality build


In chronological order:

Headlights, approx. about 8 in 8 years. Dealer replacement cost is about $75. Tried having independent mechanic replace it once, and he broke the mechanism because it's unusual and hard to replace.

Catalytic converter and 02 sensors. Replaced once at about 92K, was told wasn't covered under warranty. Cost to replace was close to 1K. Then later there was a warranty extension, and I submitted a claim and VW paid for the CC but not the 02 sensors. The toll on me coming up with the $ to get the work done so the car could pass CA smog and get re-registered was substantial. Then at about 130k check engine light is back on and it looks like I need new 02 sensors, mass air filter and possibly cc again. The cost will likely be around 1K.


Timing belt, water pump replacement, all belts and hoses replaced (this is all normal maintenance). I did it at about 120k, but it was supposed to be done about 100K.

Brakes (needed new rotors because I waited too long.) Then just had brakes done again.

Tires. I'm on the 3rd set of tires I believe.

Window regulators, both sides, replaced under special warranty recall thing.

Inside electric mirror switch replaced.

Driver's exterior door handle basically fell apart and had to be put back together, cost was about $200.

Fuel pump, fuel pump, fuel pump cable all had to be replaced recently.

Ignition coil (this is a black box) had to be replaced, this was about $200 for the part.

Horn started beeping by itself when making turns, haven't had it fixed yet, I pulled the fuse instead.

Fan motor (for ac/heat etc) stopped working, haven't had it fixed yet. Hope the AC is OK.

Interior door handles peeled.

Paint on interior doors peeled (but heavy use). Think it's a bad design to have painted surface on interior as its susceptible to scratches, peeling.

Engine head was taken off, re-machined and put back on with new gasket. (Done by 3rd party mechanic.) not sure what happened to it, could be from loss of oil or overheating or both.

Oil pan got stripped at oil plug thread, this is a common thing that happens because pan is aluminum, plug is steel, and some fast mechanics use air wrenches too strongly. Haven't had the pan replaced yet, 3rd party mechanic put in bigger plug, not sure if this is a viable fix. This happens to other model cars also.

Electric hatchback release switch stopped working.

Both keys/fobs had the metal hook that goes on keyring crack off because part of the key in that area is plastic, it's not solid metal design.

Electric gas cover switch stopped working.

Top of center console between seats cracked off.

Cloth seats have wear, driver's seat has small tear.

General Comments:

Rear headroom is bad. I didn't know this when I bought the car. Rear seat is basically unusable by adults. If I had known this, I probably would have bought the Golf instead, or maybe a different car. I assumed the VW designers made enough headroom for adults to sit in back, I was in a rush buying a new car (when old car died) and I don't think I sat in backseat to check it out before buying. I had a 67 Bug and rear headroom was OK. Also most normal cars have OK rear headroom, so it didn't occur to me that VW would be stupid enough to design this car with inadequate rear headroom. I read they are going to fix this in the redesign for 2012.

I looked at photos of the original 1939 VW Bug and noted that it seems to have been designed with good rear headroom. The bad rear headroom is unique to the stupid redesign of the New Beetle not the old Beetle design.

My feelings on the car are mixed. I think it has been only so so on reliability, and has some problem areas with electrical things. Also the engine has greater oil consumption than typical. When I bought the car I assumed it was a quality car made in Germany. Then later I learned it was made in Mexico (I think.) If I knew this I would have inquired which of the VW models are still made in Germany and would have tried to buy one of them.

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

Review Date: 15th November, 2009

18th Nov 2009, 10:02

It certainly seems that Volkswagen reliability went out with the old Beetle.

24th Mar 2011, 13:09

I LOVED my car - but at 93,000 miles it is nickle and diming me. I spent $2000 in total for repairs last year and it looks as though this year is going to be worse. It is only March but so far on the first repair of the year I have spent $1200. Now I found out the catalytic converter is bad. I have NO money for a new car.

I would not recommend this vehicle if you are the type of person who buys a vehicle with the intention of keeping the vehicle for an extended period of time.

In that case I would go with Toyota or Honda.