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VW New Beetle (Pricing & Information)



  • gundugundu Posts: 1
    any dealers that anyone knows of ? anyone who is nice and gives a good piece and rate ...
    don't want any bitter experiences ...

    Thanks guys ..
  • ckenedickenedi Posts: 16
    I purchased a NB for my wife in 1999 as a consolation prize for our moving to Toledo,OH and her having to commute 50 miles. It has been ok with the usual window switch problems and a few other small things. The trunk occasionally does not open the first try. Headlight chime occasionaly d/n go off.

    With her commute the "2yr/24K" warranty ended in 17 months, so we are a little concerned but still very happy. In 8/99 they were still very scarce (especially yellow ones - her first choice). I downloaded the list of VW dealers within x # of miles and kept calling till I found a yellow, manual GLS with cloth - At or Below sticker (that was hard to find at the time). I had to goto Pittsburgh, but the dealer was really great (Day Apollo in Moon Township, next to the Pitts Airport and my salesman was nice and straightforward - Oliver S Richard).

    Before I took the train out there, I put a deposit on a credit card and made them send me a purchase order (not a contract) with a VIN number. I then checked this with the insurance company to make sure it was the car I wanted (I wanted to avoid a "bait and switch").

    I agree with Pocohontas about the delivery inspection - I downloaded a USED car checklist and checked everything on it before taking it.

    Pittsburgh worked for me because I had friends there to meet me and for me to stay with if anything went wrong - although it actually turned out to be fine.

    We have since had service at the local dealership without problem (she uses their shuttle, ect, ect.)

    Overall, I would recommend it - its a fun, safe, happy car. Its also very comfortable for tall people if there is no one in back and it has decent storage space if you pack carefully. The newer models probably have many of the minor bugs worked out.

    damseldaisy - If you have never leased a car, be very careful. See edmunds site. VW has some leasing programs for college students if you qualify. Your best bet might be a credit union. Many of them participate in the Payment Shaver program, which is very similar to a lease. It is a balloon note program where you only finance the depreciation (like a lease) and at the end you can turn a car in, or buy it and finance or pay the final payment (which is preset at the residual value of the car). There are no aquisition or disposition fees which are profit for the dealership so it is often cheaper. The interest rate is set by the credit union and is usually competitive, slightly more than a loan. You can "lease" for 12k,15k or 18k miles per a year and there are NO wear and tear charges. See
  • kdupraykdupray Posts: 3
    Is the new techno blue color basically the same color as the bright blue metallic? My daughter has her heart set on a bright blue bug. Lately I have been seeing more muted blue (pearl paint) bugs that aren't quite as bright of a blue color. Is this the color they refer to as Vapor?
    Thanks for the info.
  • largo40largo40 Posts: 3
    My 2000 TDI gets about 36 mpg highway. Has 17,000 miles on it. Should it get better mpg as time goes on? Expected better, around 45. Any comments appreciated.
  • govugovu Posts: 62
    How fast are you driving on the highway? If those are all highway miles, you're driving at a reasonable speed, and you trust that your diesel station isn't adding any weird additives to the mix (not that I've ever heard of this happening), I'd bring it in to get examined. In the winter with city driving I still get above 40.
  • largo40largo40 Posts: 3
    Drive about 75 on interstate. Also, I have automatic transmission, forgot to mention that. Still, expected in forties.
  • taterbugtaterbug Posts: 2
    Since the 15 cent jump in the gas prices, my father wants to to buy the cheapest gas in town. But after I fill my tank, my bug doesn't run as well. When I pull out of some place, it barely moves!! What's up with that?
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Try buying your own gas at a higher price and see if it's the fuel quality. Is the cheap stuff an 86 Octane?
  • phowell1phowell1 Posts: 35
    I have 2 friends with bugs and my daughter has one. BUY THE WARRANTY. All 3 of these have been terrible for little stuff going wrong 2 of them had to have new AC compressors after 2 years , one is a diesel and it has had the fewer problems but had to have new AC compressor it seems like around 30,000 miles or so and they just fall apart . Little interior cheap plastic stuff started falling apart from day 1 . It's almost like they are Ford's or something
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    What a hassle. I would rather not deal with excessive repairs at all. Rather than buying a car that needs so many repairs, then buying an extended warranty and hoping the car breaks down enough to justify the expense of the extra warranty, I would skip this car.

    Do the 2001 and 2002 models still have the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty?
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Post# 591 "Do the 2001 and 2002 models still have the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty?"

    Yes, the VW New Beetle power train warranty is still 10 year/100k. Also, for more information on reliability, you may want to check out's long term road test: 1998 New Beetle It covers the ownership experience/maintenance of a 1998 New Beetle over a 2 year period (June 98 - April 2000). And for what it's worth, to quote a few words in the last article: "it was reliable and, for the most part, fun to drive."

    Also, for more recent information, here's a direct link to our VW New Beetle problems discussion. Hope this is helpful. ;-)

    Hatchbacks/Station Wagons Message Boards

  • seloveselove Posts: 12
    Has anybody seen the ad for 2.9% financing on New Beetles? I went to the web site and they had no disclaimer (e.g. 2.9 good only for 2 year loans etc.). Has anybody seen the fine print on this deal? At this point, I want a NB so bad, I'm afraid to walk into a dealer for fear I will actually buy one! Any info I can get outside of the dealership would be greatly appreciated!

  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Susan, my current copy of "Car Deals" shows 24 months for the 2.9%. Check with your local dealer.
  • pimmarpimmar Posts: 1
    The 2.9% is only good for 2 years, but you can also get 3.9% for up to 48 months, I know because I just took advantage of the 3.9% for 48 mos. That is only if you qualify, although I am not sure what their criteria is, but basically what I have been told by the VW credit department is that it is up to the dealer to negotiate with them to get you the best APR, don't let them tell you otherwise.
  • joemc3joemc3 Posts: 8
    According to most of the posts I read VW's are problem cars. Eclipse's all too often in the shop for repairs. Also, not equipped sufficiently for the price. The new Integra is not the car we all expected. The RX is fast but, ugly and not up to par with the Acura as far as reliability.
    So what kind of Rice Rocket can I buy that's quick so I can pull on the freeway without shouting "Giddy-up" I have a Integra GS now excellent car but slow off the line. Only wants to go around 50mph.
    Need some help.
  • purduealum91purduealum91 Posts: 223
    Thats easy.. A 2001 Subaru WRX 5seed.
  • vwdeluxevwdeluxe Posts: 2
    The financing options are 2.9/24, 3.9/36or48, 4.9/48or60, and 5.9/60. It is up to the dealer to negotiate the rate and set the length. Here in the Boston area, the dealers do not like to use VW Credit and try to get you financed with the local banks at higher rates (they end up making more money that way). We have such a surplus of Beetles in this area that some dealers are offering the lower rates AND discounting the cars $1500-$2500.

    Regarding trades: I didn't pay anywhere near sticker for my '99 and wouldn't have. New Beetles are a niche market, when the relatively small number of people run out, the market is flat and there won't be the surplus of people to price gouge. If VW ran them in limited numbers it would be a different story (the main reason for the "special editions"). Like the awful PT Cruiser price gouging, there are simply too many cars around to command a premium. They're making 160,000 PT Cruisers and trying to get $2-5K over sticker? Please! The sales of Beetles is down considerably this year from last. There will be a huge surplus of unsold 2001s when the 2002 debuts.

    On the last day of March 1999, I traded my '88 Cabriolet for a '99 New Beetle GLS. Silver with Leather and sunroof and paid less than invoice (a very rare circumstance!). I loved the car despite a few problems, but missed having a convertible. I traded that Beetle for a 2000 Cabrio GLS one year later with 10K miles and got $15k, and I was very happy with that. I was also getting the Cabrio under invoice with 4.9 financing, so I had no right to complain.

    Regarding Colors:

    There are four blues available:
    Techno Blue > the original bright blue since 1998
    Batik Blue > '99 and on dark purply blue
    Vapor Blue > the "powder" blue special edition
    Vortex Blue > a pearl muted blue similar to Techno

    Two Greens:
    Cyber Green > the original pea green
    Isotope Green > a pastel special edition for 2001

    Three Yellows:
    Yellow > the original yellow
    Lemon Yellow > a paler version available in Europe and a few were sold here (they have unique interiors)
    Reflex Yellow > the "school bus" yellow special edition

    White, Black, Red and Silver.

    Happy buggin'

    PS: Anyone have any New Beetle Cabrio info? patiently waiting...
  • mateyomateyo Posts: 22
    Memorial Day Weekend, I was on I-45 (Houston to Dallas) and drove next to a Beetle in what appeared to be a metallic champagne color. I loved it, and "thumbs-upped" the driver. Is this an available color?

    I'm just getting into the new car market and the Beetle is on my list. If the champagne color isn't available through the factory, I'll likely go with Batik Blue. Thanks to all.
  • blubyeu2blubyeu2 Posts: 3
    I saw a champagne color at the dealer (Commonwealth VW Santa Ana, CA) the last time I was there). It was either the sport addition or a limited addition model. It look pretty good. I enjoy my 2001 Techno Blue Turbo GLX very much. I have put on about 12,000 miles with no problems. It has plenty of pickup and easy to park.
  • vwdeluxevwdeluxe Posts: 2
    I am not sure what the Champagne color is all about, but my sources have given me some 2002 Color Changes:

    Double Yellow replaces Yellow (less green tint)

    Marlin Blue replaces Batik Blue

    Blue Lagoon (current Jetta Color) replaces Techno Blue

    Reflex Silver replaces Silver Arrow

    Platinum Gray new color

    Snap Orange limited edition model

    Happy Buggin'
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