2007 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 5 cylinder from North America
Reliable, fun, well engineered and economical
Nothing at all.
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