2007 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 5 cylinder from North America


Reliable, fun, well engineered and economical


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

This car is pleasantly surprising. The VW 2.5 5 cylinder has been dead to rights reliable. I highly recommend anyone looking for a used Volkswagen to buy one with this engine.

The reason I feel this engine is VW's most reliable is that there are no fail-prone components... for example, there is no timing belt or turbo to worry about. Even though it lacks the performance of its turbocharged counterparts, it's still got enough grunt to be fun. The torquey nature of the engine, coupled with the short geared 5 speed manual transmission and light weight make it a great and fun city car. Another plus, is that the 2.5 can be fed regular 87 octane fuel and can manage 25-32 MPG.

This vehicle has all the necessary creature comforts (A/C, heat, front and side airbags, leather, cruise control, traction control, power windows and locks, and even an aux outlet) and visibility is great.

The only money I spent on this car has been basic maintenance such as oil changes and brakes; parts are very inexpensive and readily available everywhere.

I feel that anyone looking to experience German engineering without high running costs should consider a Jetta, Beetle, or Passat with the 2.5... there is one for each individual's needs! I've got an 05 BMW 545i as well, but I use the VW as my everyday vehicle.

In short, the Beetle is a fantastic car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2016

2007 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.5L from North America


No disappointment here


So far, so good. VW did a preemptive replacement earlier this year. Dealership couldn't have been nicer or more efficient.

General Comments:

For such a small car, the interior feels very roomy.

The top works a lot easier than a Mustang I also test drove.

Could use a little more pickup, but it's what you'd expect from a 5 cylinder.

Interior is laid out well, everything is easily accessible and comfortable.

Nice extras like heated seats, iPod plug-in and wind screen for a very reasonable price.

Holds its resale value well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2010

2007 Volkswagen Beetle from North America


This is a very comfortable and well built car in general


The rubber 'paint' on the door handle on the inside of the car is flaking off.

General Comments:

Very snappy car, and has some get up and go.

The leather is great, and the seating is very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2009

2007 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L 5-cylinder from North America


Unique, fun, economical, and hopefully reliable


Brand new, so nothing. Will give updates as I put more miles on.

General Comments:

This is a great car. The 5 cylinder has plenty of power and the handling is better than similar cars. The design is a classic, very unique; cuts into the rear headroom a little, but whatever. My only slight problem with the car is that I wish it handled better. (It handles well, but I am looking for more) Maybe I will upgrade suspension later on. I know VW has had some reliability problems in the past, but I honestly think that these redesigns will be Volkswagen's savior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2007

19th Oct 2007, 19:59

Hello, How are you enjoying your new beetle. I would like to purchase the convertible model next fall, but I am just trying to make sure that this is a reliable car. Thanks.

28th Apr 2008, 20:06

Original poster:

The is at about 13000 miles. No major problems. Two things I should point out:

1.Power windows will ocassionaly roll all the way down when I roll them up for some reason.

2. It does have a squeak/rattle or two.

Both of these showed up relatively at the same time, other than that I have really enjoyed this. I get a combined mpg of about 31, and that includes a gas-eating hill (3 miles) up to my house. I still highly recommend this car.