We own a 2007 Beetle Convertible, and yes it's fun to drive, handles well, and surprisingly, it rides as good as our Yukon with Michelin's AND autoride! But I do have to knock on it a little bit, this car had 25 miles on it when we bought it and at about 100 miles, the convertible latch just broke! (It wouldn't stay latched) Then at maybe 700 miles the driver window would be rolling up then just roll back down!(Luckily the dealer was able to fix these problems). From the day we bought it, the car has smelled like anti-freeze when you turn on the heat, and the dealer can't do anything about it. I don't know if all the VW's are like this, but when you go to press the gas, it acts like it has to think about it before it takes off. (Strange, but you understand) The car gets good MPG's but not what I thought it would be, maybe 24 around town, running an average speed of 45, but on the plus side, it costs only $48.00 to fill up opposed to our Yukon that costs $100.00 to fill up. In my opinion, if you want a cute car and don't care how reliable it is, this one is PERFECT! But if you want cute AND reliable, I'd look for something else.
I could be wrong, but I think that slight hesitation when you press on the accelerator is from the PZEV characteristic of the engine.
I hope these new ones do not have the same window issues of the older versions. It cost roughly $800 to repair a window regulator when it fails. It is a pulley and wire design that is expensive and man-hour intensive to repair. In addition, the older ones had electrical issues with lights, A/C and other components.
I own a 2007 new Beetle. The driver's window is broken. I've taken it to the dealers several times and they tell me it's my fault because I don't clean out the window track. I try but it never works. My headlights also don't work on low beams. I haven't taken it to VW yet, but I will soon. The heater doesn't put out heat on idle now too. It's beginning to be too many problems for such a car.
I own a 2003 Beetle with approximately 70,000 miles on it. Windows and everything else have worked great for the longest time. No maintenance issues at all. However at the 70k mark, the heater now squeals when you turn it on (unsure why still), the engine that used to run so quietly I'd forget it was on now is quite audible and slightly sick sounding. Other than that, a highly reliable vehicle, and a lot of fun to drive.
Oh, and for the sluggishness that you read about above, nonexistent on a turbo version. My car takes off like a racehorse, even now.
Original Poster: Just got to the 35,000 mark. Still operating without fault. The window stills rolls down once in awhile when I try to roll it up. I must say though that I do not hear the sqeaks and rattles anymore, unless it is extremely rough pavement. Happy motoring.
I bought a 2007 Beetle, and it works great! I have had no problems. All in all, it's an excellent little car that is very reliable. One tiny problem I have had with it is that the window sometimes rolls up when I roll it down. But besides that, it is a good car. I would recommend it, and even buy one again.
I got this car and it is horrible! Bad gas mileage, not reliable. It left me stranded, and the motor and windows are always doing something weird. Don't buy this car!!!
Original Poster: 45,000 miles and doing good. Still have original brake pads. Hope to keep it up.
I have the same problem with the windows. Basically all Beetles have the same problems.
Transmission problems are real with VW's... seriously, do your homework when researching.
I have a 2007 Beetle Convertible... I love it, but I agree with others about the window, mine does the same thing.
My headlights will go out, I am on my 4th replacement. I notice other Beetles on the highway seem to always have one headlight out too. So, it seems to be a design/Beetle problem. My complaint is the dealer wants to charge me to fix it... while still under warranty???
Small tear in the top, anyone have this issue? Of course, the dealer won't repair, even while under warranty.
I think I am spoiled after having such great service with BMW.
Still a cute car, wish it didn't break so much!