2001 Volkswagen New Beetle
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Great little car

by from New Jersey on August 26, 2010

I bought the VW New Beetle used several months ago and it is such an awesome little car! Before my VW I owned a Honda Civic, and while the Civic is a great car I've found I prefer my Beetle. The Beetl...
I bought the VW New Beetle used several months ago and it is such an awesome little car! Before my VW I owned a Honda Civic, and while the Civic is a great car I've found I prefer my Beetle. The Beetle is very roomy in the driver's seat. The back is not too bad, I've crammed two of my friends in the back; they're not huge guys but they didn't complain. The front seats fold forward and give plenty of room for rear passengers to climb in. The back seats also fold down and give a ton of extra cargo space. I managed to fit a Playstation 3 and a saddle in the back with room to spare. I live in the mountains and this car handles the steep inclines great, except for a little wobbliness on tight uphill turns. It's really not a problem unless you try to take a turn like that at more than 30 mph, I'm not going to try that again! It seems my car had the infamous window problem years ago, but the records show it had been repaired and I haven't had a problem with it. My only complaint is that anything plugged into the cigarette lighters will remain on, even if the car is turned off. I can forgive this because the car is older, though. If you purchase this car, make sure you unplug everything before you get out or you'll have a dead battery, for sure! It's not a perfect car, but I wouldn't trade my Beetle for anything.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Awesome little car

by from on June 7, 2010

Had it 10 years and it has always been super reliable to me. Got me where i was going in style, comfort and safety only German engineering can provide!!!
Had it 10 years and it has always been super reliable to me. Got me where i was going in style, comfort and safety only German engineering can provide!!!
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best fuel mileage ever

by from martinsville, VA on January 29, 2011

2001 new Beetle with 1.9 litre TDI diesel with five speed manual transmission, 40 to 43 MPG around town, 50MPG plus on the interstate with cruise control.good car for the money, however I will not buy...
2001 new Beetle with 1.9 litre TDI diesel with five speed manual transmission, 40 to 43 MPG around town, 50MPG plus on the interstate with cruise control.good car for the money, however I will not buy another beetle, my next VW will be be a Jetta, TDI, the beetle has many plastic components that are a problem, to replace a headlight bulb is a major operation, as with replacing a tail light bulb or brake light bulb
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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My Happy Place

by from Freehold, NJ on May 15, 2009

Maybe it's the dome-like shape and feeling of space inside, but I've always felt like the front seat of my beetle was my 'happy place'. Lots of room in the front for a larger person, despite being a s...
Maybe it's the dome-like shape and feeling of space inside, but I've always felt like the front seat of my beetle was my 'happy place'. Lots of room in the front for a larger person, despite being a small and fairly fuel-efficient car. I've had to replace the O2 sensor and the check engine light still comes on sometimes... but no problem that has ever left me on the side of the road, so I would rate this car as quite dependable.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car

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love bug

by from State College, PA on February 16, 2013

I love my 2001 bettle, i am 6'5" and there is more head and leg room in this car then any car i have ever been in. i higly recomend it. (front seat only) Car does decent in the snow. This is a good ca...
I love my 2001 bettle, i am 6'5" and there is more head and leg room in this car then any car i have ever been in. i higly recomend it. (front seat only) Car does decent in the snow. This is a good car for 2 people.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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BEST CAR WE EVER HAD !!!!!!

by from Wheeling IL on October 2, 2012

Its a Love Bug We are very happy with our Bug, Great on Gas, great in winter A lot of Space and no issues ! Is the cutes Car we ever had..... I know we had a hard time to find one black,manual wit...
Its a Love Bug We are very happy with our Bug, Great on Gas, great in winter A lot of Space and no issues ! Is the cutes Car we ever had..... I know we had a hard time to find one black,manual with all options, heated seats and and and but it was worth the time Before we get our bug we looked around and found out that the vw beetle has many issues with the automatic transmission so we decide for a manual trans BE AWARE WITH AUTOMATIC !! All in all you you gone love him ......... Its a Love Bug Personal Note If you really looking to buy the car in your favorite color do it Black is always Top of the line ! and easier to sell in future Thanks ! Martina
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Every 6 months...

by from Tacoma Wa on October 9, 2008

I bought this car in 2006 used. It was supposed to be my dream car. Less than a month after I bought it the mass air flow sensor went out. A couple months later it went out again. Every 6 months or so...
I bought this car in 2006 used. It was supposed to be my dream car. Less than a month after I bought it the mass air flow sensor went out. A couple months later it went out again. Every 6 months or so I have to fix something. I have also replaced the brake light switch (a second time when it was also recalled) the thermostat, the fan belt, the water pump, the temperature sensor, and a coolant hose. I love this car so much but the way things fall apart in it just isn't worth it. If you have the money to fix it all the time it is a great car.
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Does not recommend this car

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Fun Car!

by from Central New Jersey on August 8, 2011

Car is a blast to drive! Handles great and gets decent gas mileage too. Fun styling with great visibility.
Car is a blast to drive! Handles great and gets decent gas mileage too. Fun styling with great visibility.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Drivers walking!

by from ct on February 9, 2007

I loved this car. Sporty,cute comfortable. Good on long car rides. That is before the turbo blew up on a road trip to Canada. Then the car needed a new head(fixed at a dealer). Thank God for the warra...
I loved this car. Sporty,cute comfortable. Good on long car rides. That is before the turbo blew up on a road trip to Canada. Then the car needed a new head(fixed at a dealer). Thank God for the warrantee. After that the clutch went at 83,000. One week after that The timing belt let go bending all the valves. That turned the car into refuse. It was a certified used car. I did like the car, but now I wouldn't recomend it to a junkyard. Drivers Wanted? this one is walking.
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Does not recommend this car

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One Thing After The Other ....

by from Minnesapolis, MN on February 2, 2008

I bought this car used with only 72,000 miles on it. I only had the car for a month with the window fell off the tractor, my back tail light popped out, and my license plate frame fell off. That god t...
I bought this car used with only 72,000 miles on it. I only had the car for a month with the window fell off the tractor, my back tail light popped out, and my license plate frame fell off. That god the window was still under warranty but not everything else. At about 79,000 miles, I only had the car for 4 months when the timing belt broke. Because this car has an interference engine, they had to rebuild the head, which costs a few thousand dollars to fix. The car was broken for 3 months. After I was able to get the car fixed, within the next 2-3 months the window that for fixed before broke again, the windshield washer blows out to the side, not on the windows. Interior falls apart. A hinge for the door broke off so my car was crooking down. The lights on the passanger side doesn't work. And the CD player is in the back, which is not convenient. The only good thing about this car is the turbo.
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Does not recommend this car

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