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Volkswagen Beetle Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mryymryy Posts: 6
    today i got a quote from my local VW dealer.

    New 2004 Bettle GL 2.0L auto $16,800 + TTL. VW is having $1000 cask back now. so $16,800-$1000 = $15,800.

    is it good?

    TIA
  • themanxthemanx Posts: 110
    Yes.. My daughters 04 GL Metallic Grey with the Auto 4 speed, had a sticker of $17780 and best we could do was $17400. But they did work with us on the trade and bumped that up a little.

    She loves the car.. no problems to report either.
  • becksbecks Posts: 3
    Hi:

    A dealer in the Palm Beach, Florida area, is offering me this lease:

    Price: $27,750
    (Includes Leather, 17 alloy wheels and wind blocker)
    MF: .0012
    Zero down plus they'll cover tag, license and first monthly payment
    $375 plus tax for 48 months
    15,000 miles per year

    What do you think?
    R
  • My wife leases a Beetle that she loves. Now my daughter wants one. VW is offering "free" insurance with purchase of Beetle or Golf. Has anyone had any experience with this? Did you try to get a lower price for the car if you did not want the insurance? Is it really no hassle or does a Nationwide agent get your name & want to get your other cars, sell you other types of insurance, etc? Thanks for these or anything else you can tell me.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    What state do you live in? I think the free insurance is only offered in 2 northern/mid western states.
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 455
    Your price seems unreasonabley very high for a 5 1/2 year old car.

    What trim level is your Beetle and what options does it have ?
  • ricky7ricky7 Posts: 4
    Hi All,

    I'm looking around for 2005 New Beetle GLS (Auto + ESP Options). After spending couple of weeks on internet research on pricing, the best offer I got so far is $19500 + Taxes, DMV fees. Is it a good price ?

    Thanks.
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 455
    Considering that the invoice for the 2005 New Beetle GLS (Auto + ESP Options) is only $5 less than your offer, I would say yes that is a very good price.

    My only comment is that VW took away the incentives that were available last month. Just maybe, they'll have some low interest loans or dealer cash or even a rebate if you can hold on for a month or two.

    Was your price contingent on you financing at a higher rate than a bank would provide. Were they going to lowball your trade ? If that's the case then your price wasn't that great.
  • ricky7ricky7 Posts: 4
    Hi jasmith52,

    Thanks for quite useful reply. They are offering me 2.9% APR. I think, I should wait for couple of months as VW is going to inroduce new beetle (Ragster) pretty soon. It may bring down prices for old bettles.

    Cheers,
    Ricky
  • natenj1971natenj1971 Posts: 174
    Hi,

    Found a leftover 2004 gls w/13 miles at a VW dealer. He gave me a price of $18361. I didn't say yes. It's a 2.0 liter model (115 hp with auto) with black leather/sunroof. I don't know much about these cars. Going to do some searches online now. Anyone have an opinion/advice on how to proceed? Are the 2006's much more advanced?

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Nate
  • ricky7ricky7 Posts: 4
    Hi there,

    Its a very good price. I got an offer of $19,000 for 2005 GLS Auto but no leather interior. I don't know what are the differences between 2004 & 2005 beetles but looks like you got a deal. As far as 2006 beetles concerned, shape will be changed outside with little flat touches on sides and roof. Interior will be same. The most important thing for me is I didn't like looks of 2006 beetle. I think 2005 or older beetles looks better. All the best.
  • natenj1971natenj1971 Posts: 174
    Thanks for the note. I'm hesitant to buy the car - just read some of the beet problems forum. Will come back and give details if I do.

    Thanks again for responding.
  • Just bought a new 2006 beetle. Paid MSRP. $18800. San Jose California.
  • Would you let me know what strategies you used...I get the same BS about VW never flounders on the displayed price.....HELP
  • Oh, please let me know too as I am going around shopping for a 2006 new beetle. What model is that you just bought? Is that a 6-speed automatic, with or without pkg1?

    Also, one car dealer that i got a quote for 2006 new beetle 6-speed automatic with pkg1 for $21600 out the door, but I have one concern. He says the car will have more than 50 miles on it because he will have to get it from another dealer and that will be driven from that dealership about 50 miles away. Should I back off from making a deal or be concerned about the vehicle or his offer? I thought a brand new car wouyld not have any miles or may be 4 to 5 miles at the most on it. :confuse: Please advise.

    Thanks in advance
    An edmunds member
  • We bought a 06 new beetle and have had one thing after another go wrong. First, the inside panel of the trunk was rattling. They said that the clips were broken and had to be replaced. That was at the beginning of Nov. and still have not heard back b/c the parts were not delivered. Then the passenger's side window was misaligned and you could hear the wind hitting as we drove. The emergency break cover came loose almost preventing us from taking the break down. Finally, the automatic trunk opener is not working. So this has turned us into very upset first time new beetle owners. Has anyone else had this experience? :lemon:
  • I am selling my 2001 New Beetle. It is the limited "Turbo Sport" edition. It is in very good condition except for a few scrapes and rubs that nobody really notices but me. It has high mileage (74,000) but all on highway. I was wondering what price you think I could get for it. It still has the remainder of the 5 year/100,000 aftermarket warrenty (over in August). FULLY loaded with everything I could add to it. Thanks.
  • YES, yes, yes and yes! I've done a lot of looking and it seems that there are more lemons in the VW family than anything else. Advice: Have your dealer on speed dial and find a quick way to his place.. because that is where you will live as long as you own your car.

    PS - on a good note, the car handles VERY well (esp in the snow), is VERY safe and adorable looking. :shades:
  • I bought my 06 bug convertible in Memphis, TN. It's Platinum gray/black top/gray int, package 2 and a CD changer. Paid about $900 below MSRP. I love it so far! :P
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    You should not be worried that the NB will have 50 miles on it. Both, my previous Jetta and my current Passat, were driven in excess of 50 miles to my purchasing dealer. You may not realize this but if you were to buy a Demo with 8000 miles on it it would still be considered a "new" vehicle. A vehicle that has never been titled is considered new, regardless of miles.
  • mwevermwever Posts: 1
    Have you bought yet? I have a 2006 Pkg 2 with rubber mats and XM satellite radio. It is Salsa red. I researched throught Florida all by e-mail requests and received a deal for $21,500 with all the above included. I had done my research thru Edmunds and asked for the best price over cost with the options that i wanted.I bought at VW of Ft. Myers. Now 3000 miles later I am happy,happy, happy. :shades:
  • pupspups Posts: 2
    Have been seriously looking for a 06 Beetle auto diesel and have gotten similar price quotes throughout the Tampa Bay area. No dealer seems to want to negotiate the price. It is the full MSRP plus. I can only find two beetles in my area. Have ?? regarding the fuel re: can these diesel engines take the new biodiesel fuel? If they can where does one purchase the new fuel in Pinellas County, Fl; and how much does the fuel cost per gal. Don't know if it is really worth the cost(to buy beetle) if I don't see major miles per gal. Have read that the Beetles have major maintenance cost associated with repair to engines. Any feed back. Also the cost quoted to me, not out the door have been over 22,200, w//o pkg 2. Would like to know what others are paying for 06 coupe, with pkg 2, automatic, diesel engine, color red or blue, moonroof a must. Speedy replies welcome. Want to purchase soon. Don't want the dealers to think I am jerking them around as I am a serious buyer.
  • Do VW's have more problems? Probably, but I have had a Beetle tdi for 7 years and am now trading for a new one. The diesel engines are very reliable, but the intake may clog with sludge due to EGR and particulates. I had to spend $500 at about 50,000 miles to have mine cleaned out. Other problems were less major and due to normal VW quality control issues. If you want the best in reliability, don't buy a VW. Fuel milage has been steadily 40-50 mpg. BTW, I still like my Beetle.

    Price, well, I found a dealer willing to sell at $500 over invoice, but they could not lay their hands on a Salsa. I could have ordered one, but then there is the issue as to what the old one will sell for in 3 months. No problem for silver or gecko immediately. Moonroofs are included in both package 1 or 2. I finally got my Salsa elsewhere, but cost about $200 more. They knew that Salsa was harder to find.
  • tbone76tbone76 Posts: 8
    I am in the process of purchasing from a private party a 2001 2.0L Beattle fully loaded 5 speed,Pearl Blue with gray leather inside.The miles are 93,000.
    I checked the Carfax report and it basically stated it was a 1 owner car.The second owner has only had it for 9 months.The Carfax stated it has been regularly serviced at a VW dealership at its required service intervals,But is missing the 80K service.He wants $7,500.00 for it.I cannot afford a new one.Does this seem like a good deal?
    What is the life expectancy of this vehicle if it is well maintained?
    I was also told if I do purchase this VW to run to the nearest dealer and have the timming belt replaced.
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 455
    The price seems about right if not just a bit high.

    However, I must caution you... Don't expect your VW to be as reliable as a Japanese car. You will probably have to spend some money to keep it running.

    If you are on a strict budget where a repair bill will really set you back...then this can is NOT a good choice for you.
  • I went to a dealer yesterday for getting a 2006 new beetle ,2.5 hatchback, with package 1, and satellite radio. The deal I finally got is $19150 as sale price ( tax or other fee are not included.) Does that sound like a good deal?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Can you say "money pit" really loud? A VW Beetle with 93K miles, no matter how well maintained, is a ticking time bomb. You will probably sink another $ 7500 into it in the next few years just to keep it running. These cars are expensive to maintain and generally not reliable with mileage that high.

    If you look around, you may be able to find a compact Japanese or Korean car for $ 7500 with much lower mileage with much better long term ownership prognosis. In fact, add another $2k or so and you may be able to buy a brand new Hyundai. A lot smarter move than this Beetle. Hyundais have proven to be far more reliable cars than VWs in the last few years.
  • tbone76tbone76 Posts: 8
    Yes you don't need to wave a crystal ball on this one.I've only had the Beetle for less than 2 months and paid a mechanic
    to get the timming belt and water pump replaced,
    plus had a reconditioned Catalytic Converter installed as well from a frame and axle shop instead of the VW Dealer, because the VW Dealer was going to charge me $1,100.00 to have a new CAT. installed.
    My wife just loves the bug or I should say the New Beetle From Hell.I have only had this Beetle for 2 months I paid cash for the piece of junk.I got the car title just a few days ago showing me as the legal owner.No wonder the previous owner was so anxious to sell this garbage.He probably had all kinds of codes showing up on this Beetle and just had them all cleared out prior to me test driving this bomb.But on the positive side it is running much ,much better since the CAT. was replaced.AND YES I still love the New Beetle.I notice some companies still will do a 24 month 24K warranty on this car covering all mechanical expenses.I may need to take them up on the offer if this continues,or bail out while I still can without puttin another 7.5K into it.
  • tbone76tbone76 Posts: 8
    I seem to be replying to my own message.I may have gotten a somewhat good deal on this Bettle from Hell.Upon further investigation shortly after I purchased the Beetle I had made an inquiry from the dealer and unknown to me,I assumed the Beetle was a 2.0 L GLS that is what it was advertised for,but when I popped the hood it stated
    20 valve Turbo.This Beetle is a 20 Valve 1.8 Turbo Beetle
    GLX fully loaded.Yes this baby gets up and fly's and I only give it 92 Octane Juice from now on.
    Let me roll my dice a few more months with this Beetle and see where it takes me.
  • randirandi Posts: 10
    ...here's a story of how much I will end up paying for my 2001 GLS Beetle. Silver exterior, black cloth interior, manual, power windows, tape deck (no CD), cruise control, heated seats, moon roof (or is it sunroof, I don't really know the difference). I got my financing from VW Credit (which I DO NOT RECOMMEND) at a 14.5% APR. They sold me the car for $19,829. I have 8 payments left. The car will eventually have cost me $30,866. So there, I think any of you getting this car for under $19k with a 2.9% APR is so lucky, I just want to spit. :P
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