Volkswagon Beetles....

  1. I'm thinking about getting a new beetle....

    Anyone out there own one, heard anything about them good/bad/otherwise..????

    My husband and I test drove one the other day just to make sure that we all fit ( we have 2 daughters).

    I loved it!! But then again it was new, smaller and sportier than the Chevy suburban I drive now, much, much cooler!!

    Any imput here to help me make my decision?
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Mimi2RN
    I saw a new white one today, it had been in an argument with an 18-wheeler, and got pushed on the center divider. Actually it wasn't badly damaged, just the passenger side top.corner of the windshield and the angle of the roof was crushed. Seems like it's a sturdy little car to come through with that problem. I'll bet the young driver was thinking "my mother's gonna kill me!". Probably a better car in a collision than the old ones.

    Go for it! Nice little vehicles for running around town, probably too small for long distances unless you leave the kids at home. Had a friend with one, really liked it, but a little cramped for her three kids and dad, too.
  4. by   thatldo
    Just glad to hear that you are considering a car w/good gas mileage! I see quite a few of them myself, wish I had more info to give you...
  5. by   shygirl
    I just know everytime we see one on the road, someone in the car punches me and yells..."Slug bug, punch bug, no punches back!" LOL

  6. by   Rustyhammer
    Been there, done that.
    I had a '63 beetle for awhile. Dependable but you need someone to get out and push you up the hills.
    hmmm...maybe they are better these days.
  7. by   howie122832
    Shygirl,... I know the feeling.... Had to tell the kids that when I get one that they can't punch on it! They would be beating the crap out of each other all the time... except then they would have a reason (like they need one!)
  8. by   2banurse
    I always loved the beetles...one of these days, I hope to have one of my own...
  9. by   cactus wren
    I had an older VM also...What I hope they have fixed is the heater...froze when the temp was low...among other problems...Think the new ones are soooooo cute, and read they are coming out with a rag top...cool
  10. by   BadBird
    I want one so bad, but with kids as big as mine we just don't all fit, my son is 6'3" and daughter is 5'6" so sitting in the back is impossible for them. When they are grown and it is just me and hubby I will get one for myself, I want a bright red one, convertible, so cute.
  11. by   semstr
    I know a lot of people who own one.
    They are all happy with the car, exept now with this much snow, cause the beetle "hangs very low over the ground".huh?
    (hey, sorry, not a driver myself, so I can only write here what they tell me)
  12. by   Jay-Jay
    My mom had a '68 VW SuperBeetle. Great little car! Put snowtires on it in the winter, and with all that weight over the rear wheels (rear engine, remember?) it would go anywhere!!

    My favorite story: a fellow I was dating back then took me to a very posh Scottish New Year's party. As he did not drive, I was the designated driver. Our hosts lived on a rural estate, with quite a steep driveway, which at this time of year, was covered with snow and ice. At the end of the evening, at 2:30 in the morning, our host was outside, still dressed in his formal kilt and sporan and Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket. Now, however, he'd discarded his dancing shoes for wellies (rubber boots to you Yanks) and was towing his guests up the hill with a tractor so they could go home. All these fancy cars...Jags, Mercedes, even a Rolls Royce...all of them needed help.

    When my turn came, I just waved him out of the way...."Lookout, here I come!!"....and the little Beetle chugged its way to the top with nary a hitch!

    (nostalgic sigh!) Its final moment of glory! The next week, Mom traded it in for a brand new Ford Pinto (Yuck! ) (Remember the exploding gas tank on those babies??)
  13. by   Jay-Jay
    Oh, yeah, and I remember those heaters freezing in the winter!! BRRRR!!! Can you say 'frostbite'?
  14. by   yodakelly
    I have a 2000 New Beetle, the GLS model. I LOVE IT. It gets decent gas mileage, but not awesome like everyone thinks (the old beetles rocked on gas mileage, but the new ones have a slightly more powerful engine, so the mileage isn't as high as it used to be)-- about 22/27. I wish I had bought the turbo engine w/ the leather interior, but it was my first new car out of school and it was what i could afford. The pick up is a little slow compared to the 6 cylinder family car i drove before it, but it is a very smooth ride, even on the highways at 80mph. the backseats offer WAY more room than most people expect and the head room is not a problem (i'm short, but it's comfortable for all of my tall friends too). also, you have a fair amount of storage space since the back seat folds down to give you a big trunk area when you need it.

    i had a lot of check engine lights in the first 6-8 months, which was a real pain in the butt, but eventually after replacing all of the sensors several times, they apparently figured it out. also, stupid little things go wrong: the light behind the heater dials went out after 2 years and had to be replaced in the shop by taking apart the whole dash, the gas cover latch has broken twice, and the automatic lock in the passenger side door broke. mechanically, the car runs great and i've not had one problem in 3+ years and i used to put alot of miles on it.
    as someone warned me, since it's a new car, they haven't "worked out all the bugs yet." but that was the model 3 years ago, so i would like to think there are less problems now.

    oh yeah, and they don't go great in the snow like the old ones either: the engine is in the front, and it's low to the ground, so it drags a little (literally) if the snow is too high. but i've never gotten stuck, even in Pennsylvania winter, it was just a little rough going at times.