For as long as I can remember I have always been a huge fan of the Beetle, I love its quirky curves and cute shape it always stood out to me. When I passed my driving test I tried too convince my parents that the vintage beetle was the car for me, sadly to no avail. But now my prayers have been answered courtesy of my fabulous husband, I am now the proud owner of a Volkswagen Beetle, ok so its no the original one but its a Beetle none the less. So has this car that I have spent so many years fawning over lived up to my expectations? Absolutly!!!!!
The Beetle I purchased is a 2002 model, but for a ten year old car it drives like a dream. The steering, braking and accelarating is responsive. All the controls are within confortable reach and the dash display is clear and easy to read. And for a car of its age it flew through its MOT without fault. It is a very smooth and comfortable car that can easily achieve high speed while feeling like its hardly moving.
So are there any down sides I hear you ask? Well she may be my baby but she does have her flaws. For example the space in the back is tight, and the car can only carry 3 passengers ( 1 front seat 2 back as there are only 2 seatbelts in the back) The space in the boot is restricted due to the curve of the car and the dash board is very deep, which took some getting used to. But with all that said I can still carry my whole family, (me the hubby, my six year old and our 4 month old) with relative ease and even fit the pram in the boot, with some effort.
To sum up, it may not be the ideal large family car but it is solid, reliable and I would be heartbroken to part with it.
At first I wasn't sure as to wether or not I'd like a beetle but after learning to drive in one of them I was very impressed. It had an excellent driving view and fully adjustable seats and steering column. When driving the car, there are no struggles. It's easy to put into gear and the brakes were extremely responsive without being overly so. All of the light up symbols above the speedometer are very clear and there is a surprising amount of power, being able to do 70 miles per hour in 4th gear with ease. One of the downsides of the car is that there isn't too much room in the back for passengers and if you were giving a lift to 4 friends, the 3 in the back would be very cramped. The car comes fitted with a jack for an MP3 player but also has a tape deck. Oh, and the car looks like it has a smiley face :)
I always wanted a VW Beetle - and spoilt that I am(!) - I was lucky enough to have one bought for me as a Christmas present. There it was....sat on the drive with balloons and a banner - and it was all MINE.....and I've loved it ever since! That was 8 years ago - and to this day, I don't have any regrets whatsoever about this car because its served me very well.
It was an ex-showroom car and was 6 months old when I received it. It cost the purchaser £13,999 as a ex-showroom model.
I'm sure I don't need to describe what the car looks like - on the outside at least because I'm sure you've all seen them roaming around. However, I will try to give you a brief descriptions of some of the pros and cons of this car - and will try not to be biased because I am having a little bit of a love affair with my little blue bug!
***How Does It Drive?***
This car is a very nice car to drive - whether you're driving the car in town or out on the open road. When driving it feels very smooth, gear changing is smooth and unforced, the pedals are at a nice height (so no foot ache!), electric adjustable wing mirrors, a huge windscreen and an engine which sounds quiet, contented and unstressed.
I do mostly town driving, but I do sometimes dash up the motorway to see friends or go to the theatre or whatever, and I have to admit that I do like to be quite zippy. This car does move! Not that I break the speed limit (of course!) but this car easily reaches 90 mph with no effort at all - and I've never even attempted to take it past this, but it feels like it has a lot more to give.
It is responsive in all driving conditions, although I do sometimes feel obliged to slow down when its windy as the car does seem to feel like its being blown across the road.....but I'm not sure how much of this is in my head. I've driven it in icy conditions numerous times and the ABS system has proved invaluable to me during these times.
Petrol consumption isn't great. In the present market (petrol about 120p / L) it costs me about £60 to drive 250 miles - which might not seem too bad, but compared to other small cars, its not great.
***Driving in Comfort***
When I'm sat in the car it actually feels very spacious - in the front two seats at least. The car feels very wide and long (I think because of the huge dashboard) and so I used to worry that I wouldn't be able to park in smallish spaces, but in actual fact, the car, although it feels spacious, is actually quite compact. If feels a lot bigger when you're in it to what it actually is! The two front seats have a head rest and are fully adjustable. Between the two front seats is a elbow rest (which doubles up as a storage container) which can be lifted up or down depending on preference.
The back seats are a little more cramped. There is enough room for three adults, but there isn't a whole lot of let room and the roof slopes downwards - which can be a bit of a pain if you're over 5 ft 5! Particularly if you're sat in the middle seat there is very little leg room - and unfortunately no seat-belt either.
There is a radio and CD player as standard - which has room for 6 CD's in it and is stored in the boot but controlled on the dashboard....and so you can be driving down the motorway singing Abba songs at the top of your voice all you like! There is also driver controllable heating and Air-con and I have to say that in summer the aircon has been invaluable to me!
As is standard in most cars these days, all windows are electric and there is back-screen heating.
***Has it been reliable?***
Well, in eight years, I've never broken down.....which is a pretty good record!
In the eight years I've had my Beetle, I've also never needed any major work doing to it. It has always passed the MOT first time and servicing it once a year has been enough to keep it in good shape.
My electric window (drivers side) got stuck when down a few years ago and that did cost me about £200 to replace because there was some special part that had to come from VW. There was no explanation as to why the window got stuck, but the garage did say they had had quite a few Beetles in with the same problem - so I'm not sure if its a design issue or not.
In addition to this, my electric wing-mirrors button snapped off and I now have to adjust the mirrors manually.
One negative about the car is that it sits quite low and so it doesn't take much to bump the kerb - and I actually damaged the underside of my fender doing this on at least 3 occasions that I can remember. I'd not that bad a driver.....honest!
***Why I love my car***
I believe the car you drive says something about your personality. For me, the VW Bug says.....stylish, fun and expressive.....yet unwilling to compromise on quality!
I am a proud owner of a yellow 2 litre VW Beetle and would not change it for the world.
Its 2001 and in mint condition. The drive is very smoothe and it starts everytime. I always thought Beetles were big cars but its suprising how quickly you get used to it (like anything i suppose).
There are a lot of blind spots that you have to be weary of and its mainly looking to the left at the front and it can also be hard to judge the wheel arches as they come out. Apart from this i cannot fault the car - i think we have yet to find a perfect one.
As it is a 2 litre it does tend to drink a lot of petrol on short journeys but on motorways it is lovely.
The inside is very spacious yet the boot is quite tiny could fit a suitcase in but not much more.
I will definatly be stcking with VW Beetles when it comes to selling mine - the upgrade will definaltly be the convertable
I have had my beetle now for 2 months and I LOVE it! I was never a huge Beetle fan, however after realising that my budget wouldn't stretch to a Mini with everything on my wish list (Air Con, sunroof, leather seats), I began to look around.
I can honestly say I am SO glad I didn't get a Mini. The Beetle is a real attention grabbing car, and I love everything about it. On the inside, everything is rounded and feels funky and retro, even the edges of the stereo are curved. I love the flower on the dash, and the big VW badge in the middle of my steering wheel. It's hard to get used to how far from the windscreen you are at first, but I've come to love it, although the giant dash needs dusting all the time so not great if you're a bit lazy with these things. Admittedly there's not much space for adults in the back, but my son is more than comfortable in his car seat in the back. The boot is shallow, but is big enough to accomodate a weekly shop or my son's buggy (Mama and Papas Ora).
I love everything about the exterior looks too, the curvy shape of the body just oozes cuteness! I love the positioning of the petrol cap on the car's "bum", and the honeycomb grill at the front, which gives the car an edge of "mean".
The car is a respectable 120bhp, however car tax isnt cheap (£120 for 6 months), and fuel consumption is high, I usually average 33mpg.
I have had 5 cars in 4 years of driving, and usually get bored easily, however I can honestly say I'll be more than happy keeping this car for the next few years.
I have always wanted to own a bug and finally bought a metallic blue one in march this year. I absolutely love it and feel really funky while driving in it. I love its quirky vase which i put a large daisy in! The only disadvantage to this one is it is a real guzzler of fuel so i have had to cut down on using the car - good for the environment i guess. With the credit crunch i cant use it too much because it does tend to drink petrol more quickly - whether thats because its 2 litre or automatic or both i dont know. But inside you do feel extremely safe, partly because of the amount of airbags but also because of the never ending dashboard!
It has been completely reliable so far and you know when you are running low on oil or water etc because the dashboard lights up to tell you something is wrong. The people who travel in the back say theres not much space so it would not be a good family car i guess and if you go over bumps they do tend to hit their heads at times on the sloping roof - my teenage son was the first to find this out! - but to be honest i bought it for me and if my son wants my taxi services he will have to cope with the fact there is less room.
Basically - the fuels expensive, its not great for people in the back - but I LOVE IT!!
great review, sums it up nicely, although ours (a 2005, 2 litre) was bought from Murray vw in plymouth and they werent very good, and tried to sell us all sorts of silly insurances so avoi dthem! It also seems to DRINK fuel, especially around town. Also it sounds quite noisy when started cold. A mechanic suggested that the manifold was blowing slightly but its been back to the dealer and they swear blind nothings wrong with it.
Also , and i would like someone to back me up on this by emailing me, there is a whine in the engine. The vw people told me its normal on the newer cars. This whine is fairly loud when cold, but u can always hear it. Are the latest beetles supposed to have a whine in the engine? VW dealer again said its normal on these models.
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When I was at university I had a friend called Lucy. As it happened, Lucy was from the same part of the country as me and so we saw each other in the holidays too. She didn't take a car to university, but when she went home she used to drive a white Volkswagen Beetle called Brian. I think I fell in love with Brian. He was so old that he was tax exempt. He was freezing cold in the winter, and baking hot in the summer. He had a peculiar smell and all manner of sound effects that probably weren't supposed to be there. Lucy was in love with Brian too. One day we went swimming, and she couldn't find him in the car park afterwards. Then she spotted a forlorn-looking white Beetle that had been broken into, so she called the police. When they arrived, she realised that Brian was around the corner. She had to explain to the police that actually, this wasn't her car at all. A tad embarrassing perhaps, but then she did love Brian. So after a few years of working properly, I decided I'd like a Beetle too. I'd previously driven an old Polo, a Fiesta and then a Golf - all of them old, and all of them two-a-penny on the roads these days. I wanted something a little different, and I was in love with the New Beetle just as much as I'd been in love with Brian. I took one for test drive, one thing led to another and soon enough, Brian II was mine. I've had this car - a silver 2.0 litre W-Reg New Beetle - for one and a half years now, and this is my review. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: INTERIOR ============================ Everyone who steps inside a New Beetle immediately notices the immense amount of space in the front (and, of course, the lack of space in the back). There's a high roof (handy when you're in a car park trying to remember where you left the car!), lots of legroom and a deep dashboard that stretches so far in front that you can't reach then end when you're sitting down
. It's a weird, space-age feel and it takes a while to get used to. The interior revolves around curves. The speedometer display (which looks great at night illuminated in red and blue) is a large circle, easy to read and rather ... well, cute. Circular air vents, cup holders and the rounded corners of the stereo add to the cartoonish feel, and the adjustable steering wheel looks smart in silver and black with a large VW logo in the centre. The Beetle comes with "domino" print upholstery as standard, which is subtle and unobtrusive. After a year and a half, it seems to be reasonably hard-wearing too, and the colour hasn't faded yet. Leather upholstery comes as an additional extra, but at a cost (from £1,335 at the time of writing). An RDS radio/cassette comes as standard with six speakers and the sound quality is good. I opted for a 6-CD autochanger in the boot as well, which was an extra £350 (now £395). This model also has power assisted steering (great for weedy lasses like me), air conditioning, electric windows, heated door mirrors and dust and pollen filters as standard. If you're in heavy traffic you can also opt to recycle the cabin air instead of breathing the fumes from outside. There are some nice touches inside, such as a little ceiling-mounted sunglasses case, rear reading lights* - and the flower vase, of course (I've got a plastic daisy). *Er, if you've know anyone small enough to fit in the back, that is! EXTERIOR ======== My Beetle has silver metallic paint, which has worn very well (I won't mention my various little accidents that have led to scuffs and scratches). Stones thrown up from our gravel road haven't damaged the paintwork at all, and neither have several stints through the local car wash, so it must be quite tough. Where I've damaged it myself, the body underneath is plastic, which means the car isn't susceptible to rust (if,
like me, you have the odd "bump" when you're parking your car then this is a good thing!). Obviously you can buy touch-up paint for scratches, but it's only good for small cosmetic detail because it's quite hard to apply smoothly. The windscreen is enormous, and looks great as part of the swooping, domed design of the car. Unfortunately it's also vulnerable to those little stones, and in the first three months my windscreen acquired three unwelcome chips in it: grrrr! The engine is in the front (more about that later) and not the back as with the old Beetle. The petrol cap is electronic, and opens from the inside. I thought this was rather cool until it broke fairly recently - I understand this is quite a common fault, but it is covered by the three-year warranty and will be fixed next week, free of charge. With the 2.0 litre model alloy wheels come as standard. You have to take care of them because the alloy is quite soft but I'm a self-confessed terrible driver, and I've only scratched one wheel so far (unfortunate interface with kerb). The alloys look absolutely fantastic, but they're quite difficult to clean. They're fitted with high-performance tires, and a word of warning - BE VERY CAREFUL about what you drive over - I drove over a couple of nails and punctured mine, and the repair was expensive (nearly £150 for a new tyre). If you do need a tyre changed, make sure you check the wheels afterwards. I had a tyre changed at KwikFit, and their machinery dug a circular groove around the rim of the alloy. It had to be sent away to be refurbished (naturally, KwikFit had to pay for this). One of my favourite parts of the exterior is the handle on the boot. It's concealed behind a VW badge and you can open the boot either with this handle or remotely, with the keys. Boot space itself isn't bad - the Beetle isn't a family car but the boot is more than adequate for all my luggage
and shopping needs! THE ENGINE ========== Right, I'm a girl. I have therefore had to look this up in the brochure! A friend of mine jokes that my car is "just a Golf with a bodykit", and essentially this is correct. The engine on the 2.0l model is the same as that of a Golf GTi. Fuel consumption is 23.7mpg in urban areas, 41.5mpg elsewhere and 32.5mpg combined. Engine emissions are 209g/km, and the engine noise is 73.5dB (this means nothing to me of course - but I think it purrs along quite nicely). The maximum speed is 115mph (yes, I did try that once) and the car does 0-60 mph in 10.7secs (the Golf GTi is speedier at 9.0 seconds, if that sort of thing matters to you). The insurance group rating for the car is 11, but if you're a girl and you fancy getting one of these then I recommend you give Diamond a call on 0800 36 24 36 (no, I don't work for them, but my insurance premium is just over £400 for this car, which is the cheapest I've seen anywhere). I find the car staggeringly easy to drive. It accelerates well (I don't get scared overtaking anymore because I know I can pull away quickly), holds speed well and does not get uncomfortable on long journeys (my longest so far has been six hours). I get a real buzz when I drive this car on an open stretch of straight road. Steering is very light and responsive, but parking is difficult because the rear view is obscured so that you can never really see the end of the car. I find distances quite difficult to judge, and have "crashed" this car while parking two or three times. SECURITY AND SAFETY =================== The car comes with ABS brakes, remote central locking, alarm and immobiliser, door side impact protection, driver and passenger airbags, front and rear crumple zones and a 12 year body protection warranty. The car keys have the added security feature of disabling themselves if pressed several times
outside of range. They then reactivate when you turn the key manually in the lock, which means that if you lose your keys, the likelihood of someone being able to steal your car by walking along trying to unlock random cars is very much reduced. My model also has ESP, which is supposed to adjust your steering according to weather conditions - but I've never noticed the difference and always have this feature turned off. PRICE ===== The Beetle is not cheap! The prices have come down a little since I bought mine, but a new 2.0 litre model will set you back £13,910. The range for a new Beetle (the come in 1.6, 1.8 and v5 models too) is £12395 - £16995 and used ones are around £6290 - £14850. You can pick up the earlier left hand drive models very cheaply these days if you look around. A CUTE CAR ========== This car is fun. It's curvy and sexy and it's like driving a cartoon. It turns heads (not the reason I bought it, but a nice side-effect nonetheless). Other Beetle owners flash their lights and wave, too, and this never ceases to amuse me. It has its flaws (passengers in the back will almost always be uncomfortable, the petrol cap problem seems quite common, and second hand cars will often have parking scars!) and it is perhaps a little impractical, but it's a quality car (the petrol cap problem being the only thing I've found wrong with it so far), well-built and good fun to drive. Yes, I love Brian II.
When VW first mentioned the idea of a retro styled new car, based on the Beetle, I was intrigued. This was way back in 1995. Time passed an nothing happened. Some more time passed, and nothing happened again. Just at that! Nothing continued to happen. Concepts and car shows came and went, but no one was saying whether the car would be built or not. Then VW annouced the imminent arrival of the 'New Beetle' in the USA and the world changed for ever. Well mine did anyway. In 1998 VW wrote to me and offered me the chance to pre-book one of 900 to be specially manufactured for the UK market albeit in Left Hand Drive. I duly did this and in March 1999 I took delivery of the first NB to be sold by VW in the UK. What a head turner - I could scarcely take it out my drive way without being accosted with people pointing and pushing their noses against the window. Many people mis-understand the NB, they see it as a fad, a small car, or poorly appointed but it is none of these things. Built on the tried and trusted MK4 chassis as used by the Golf, VW Bora, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia it packs a 2 Litre, 115Bhp engine under the shortened bonnet, yes at the front! And delivers smooth consistent pulling power through the standard 16 inch 'Monte Carlo' alloy wheels. It includes as standard, Air Conditioning, ABS Brakes, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme - traction control to you and me), driver and passenger front and side airbags, a category-1 immobiliser, central locking, electric windows, height adjustable front seats on both sides, and reach/rake adjustable steering wheel. That doesn't sound like a poorly appointed car to you now, does it? My car has now covered more than 60,000 miles and apart from 2 lighbulbs and one loose bolt has not given a seconds worth of trouble. This is a serious car, with serious pedigree, offering a serious level of specification...just l
ike many top-end cars, but it adds one thing that no other car on the road has....the feel good factor. Has anyone ever stopped YOU at the side of the road and asked if they could take their picture next to your car? Does YOUR car make everyone talk to you at filling stations....no, thought not. Want a good car, built to last, highly specified and with character to boot? Then snap up a beetle.