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      15.11.2010 20:14
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      A fun, reliable and beautiful car

      I have had my beetle for 6 months now and I absolutely love everything about it. I'm purchased a candy white Cabriolet beetle complete with a red flower and the novelty still hasn't worn off. This car is such a treat, i enjoy keeping it clean, driving it and don't begrudge feeding it with petrol at all. This car is not only stunning to look at, but it is very good on fuel, is a solid car, very reliable and keeps its value, so in the long haul is a good investment. The interior of the beetle is so cosy and accommodating, although the back is quite small the front totally makes up for it... the dashboard is so far forward it is like being in a spaceship and the blue light interior is so magical. Their are many little quirks and hidden cup holders which are always fun to find, i'm still finding new things out even after 6 months. The car itself to drive is very smooth and enjoyable. This car is generally an all-round fabulous and fun car so if your on the fence don't be, you will not regret purchasing a beetle.

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        20.04.2010 23:53
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        A Car to 'Wear'

        Love it or hate it, the new Beetle is definitely a head turner. I bought my 2004 Beetle for £6000 just under two months ago, and I have to say it is my pride and joy. Having changed from a Volkswagen Golf 1.9TDi to the Beetle 1.9TDi, I have to comment that as you would expect, the two cars are very similar to drive. Like the golf, the beetle has a nice little bite that gets you off nice and quickly at the lights, though it does tend to get quite noisy in the lower gears, so if you are driving one of these, you will not stay in 1st of 2nd gear for that long. Cruising around town at 30mph means that you can stay pretty much in 4th gear the whole time which is nice, and also good on fuel. Speak of fuel, this car is very nice to the wallet, it averages out at around 50mpg and driving the 3 miles to work and back each day generally means that I only end up putting about £10-14 a week in diesel into the car. As you might expect, motorway driving is even better. I recently made the trip from Liverpool-London (200 miles) and it only cost me about £25 in fuel which is great considering the car was full. The driving position is very comfortable and it gives the driver a good view of the road around him/her. My only gripe when I first got the car was that I couldnt see the corners of it which made parking difficult, though as they say, each car is different and I was used to the golf which let me see everything - you soon get used to this and I now have no problems. Overall, my beetle is my pride and joy, if you want a sensible option then go for something else, yes the boot is tiny, there is no room for rear passengers to speak of and parking takes a bit of getting used to, but if youre after a real head turner thats fun to drive - go for it!

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          01.12.2009 17:38
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          My favourite car ever!!

          My VW Beetle is easily my most beloved possession!! It really is the perfect fashion car, and definitely a bit girly, what with the flower vase and blue lighting. It has beautiful curves and is easily recognisable in the cark park - just look for the little bubble! I love the 'beetle wave'! Pretty much all beetle drivers will recognise others with a wave as you're driving along - very cute I think and not something you would get with any other car. Have had a few problems with mine. You pop the boot using the key (remote) but then have to lift the boot to fully open it. I had problems with the latch which would pop the boot but not release it fully, meaning you had to release it a couple of times to get it to open. Still have the same issue sometimes, but not as regularly. Also have had to have various parts of the exhaust changed, including the catalytic convertor and now currently waiting for the lambda probe to be changed!! I find very comfortable to drive. Never actually sat in the back seat myself, but I know from friends that if they are tall it is incredibly easy to hit your head (as the roof slopes down at the back)!! Something to watch out for, especially when going over speed bumps! Generally though a reliable car, and it ALWAYS makes me smile to see it :)

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            06.01.2008 13:01

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            The best car ever made (old and new)

            I am lucky enough to have an old Beetle and a new Beetle and think they are the coolest cars around. Stupidly a few months back I decided to sell my newbie and buy a corsa as I was clocking up more miles than I would have liked. What a mistake... I missed Widdle (Cyber green Beetle) from the moment I dropped him at the garage and have spent the last 4 months pining for him. Then out of the blue, while looking to buy another beetle who did I find for sale? Widdle. Iam over the moon and am picking him up next week. I cannot wait to get him back he is the best drive I have ever had. The corsa will go to my hubby rather than back to a garage. I am in love with the new Beetles and cannot ever see me driving anything else.

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            26.10.2004 23:52
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            This was a spontaneous purchase - I'd actually walked into our local VW Dealer to buy a Polo which was on special offer. Whilst talking to the salesman, he asked if I'd be interested in a New Beetle as he had a few pre-registered cars which were unused and, in effect, brand new. I'd noticed them on the roads and had always admired them but I'd never given owning one a great deal of thought. Twenty minutes later, a cheque for £12,500 was handed over and I had a Reflex Silver 1.9 TDI. I opted for the diesel as the better fuel economy was an important consideration, and the specification included air-conditioning, not available as standard on the 1.4 or 1.6 models they also had in stock. I chose silver as it was a very attractive colour. I quite fancied the yellow but was told (by my wife) it was too "girly". It's a well assembled car. The doors shut with a Germanic clunk (this car is assembled in Mexico, by the way) and everything feels solid and well made. Panel fit is tight, and it has the feel you'd expect of a more expensive car. Good quality plastics are used everywhere, and nothing feels flimsy. My 2004 specification car includes a single CD player, indicator repeaters in the wing mirrors and a host of useful and thoughtful extras including alarm, roof storage and numerous little touches that set this car above the others. It's a Beetle body on a VW Golf Mk IV floorpan, but the Beetle lacks the practicality of the Golf as luggage and rear seat space are not as generous. In reality, it's a 2+2, though two adults can sit in the back for short/medium jouneys. Be aware that the driver's seat is further back than it is on the Mk IV Golf and that coming up to junctions will mean you have to crane forward to look for approaching traffic. But as most drivers seldom have more than one passenger with them, the two doors and less than generous rear seating don't matter so much. And with such a stylish car, who cares anyway! The engine, the 1.9 TDI, is wonderful. Punchy, loads of torque, and great economy. I reckon this is the best car in the New Beetle line up. At motorway speeds, the engine is humming along quietly at a fraction over 2,000 rpm, so it's a gentle and relaxed long-legged motorway cruiser. The stereo and the acoustics are the best I've heard in a modern car, and instrumentation (blue back-lit speedo, red switchgear) looks really funky. The car has a rev-counter and a fuel gauge, but no coolant temperature gauge - the latter is replaced by a warning light which glows blue when the engine is cold, red if overheating. Which is, I suppose, all you need. Illuminated vanity mirrors and the night time illumination of every other switch and control complete a well thought out package. Illuminated boot with a 12V power outlet is a nice touch. There are two further 12V power outlets in the car, one in the central console above the handbrake and one (with a cigarette lighter) by the swivelling ashtray/cupholder. There is another cupholder for back seat passengers in the rear of the central console. The flower vase is a gorgeous touch. Door mirrors are heated with electric adjustment, and there are one-touch electric windows too. Under the bonnet, it looks neat and tidy as all VWs and BMWs tend to do. The rubber sealing strip around the bonnet keep everything clean as the airflow is kept underneath the car. It's an easy car to clean as well. Even the plastic wheeltrims on the steel wheels are easy. For alloy wheels, you must pay extra or go for the 2.0 petrol or higher models. But I like steel wheels as the trims are easier to replace than repairing kerbed or damaged alloys. Lack of satellite navigation as an option was initially a minor problem but the new TomTom Go solved that very nicely indeed. This car has no rear wash-wipe in spite of it being a hatchback, which is fine on the move as airflow keeps the rear screen clear, but a pain in the butt in slow traffic or if manoevering in heavy rain. It would spoil the line, I realise this, so it is an irritation I'm learning to live with. I think that overall, I love the car for the quality and the specification. I love it for the performance and the economy. But more than anything, I adore it for it's character. Or should I say him? Bertie. Bertie the Beetle. I just love him. Would I recommend one? Oh yes. How can you not love a car with such personality and soul?

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              10.11.2001 04:23
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              Yes, the Bug is back, and better than ever! ------------------------------------------- There are times in your live, when against your better sense and financial abilities, you suddenly realise that you cannot spend one more day living without a new toy. I experienced this hellish sensation about 1 year ago when I first met the New Beetle. Three days later the car was in my garage, I was blissfully infatuated with it and my bank manager was in tears. Both loved and hated by motoring journalists since it’s first debut a few years ago, this is certainly a car which evokes discussion. Traditionalists have always been divided over the merits of this car. The pricing has been slammed, the design criticised, but still there is nothing below £40 000 which will turn heads like the Beetle does. I love the little car. I have not had a moments problems and I find it amazingly comfortable. Being on the tall side, I really appreciate the domed roof, which just ads that extra headroom I so often need. The styling is unique and oozes individuality. Specification (Standard): ------------------------- Everything you would expect from a car which in price rivals a small Beemer. Highlights include: 2.0 litre normally aspirated petrol engine 170 Nm of torque available from as low as 2400 rpm 85 kW of power @ 5200 rpm 5 speed manual transmission Front and rear disc brakes with ABS Electronic stability program (ESP) High level brake light Beautiful 6.5J x 16 alloy wheels shod with low profile 205 rubber. Full size alloy spare Dual front and side airbags Power steering, height and reach adjustable Air con 6 speaker “Beetle design” Gamma radio / tape Remote central locking with alarm immobiliser Heated outside mirrors 12 V sockets for power supply in cabin and boot Flower vase (very hippie!) and dual cup holders Options: -------- Leather seats for roughly £450. Included with the leather seats you then also get leather covered steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip. Most importantly this option also includes heated front seats. Both the back and bottom sizzles along nicely with 5 different settings. Nice for those cold winter mornings. Metallic paint adds another £80 I have to admit here that I went full house and took all the options. If you are going to make a splash, it might as well be a big one! Performance: ------------ With a curb weight of roughly 1400 kg, and relatively underpowered engine, it is never going to be a ball of fire or be used as a stunt car in The Fast and the Furious. 0 – 60 mph takes about 10.5 seconds Max speed ± 116 mph The impressive feature to me is the handling of the little bug. Sitting low slung, and on broad, low profile rubber, it sticks to the tar like tar to your new car. It is a delight to throw around corners. Some motoring journalists have gone so far as to say that the handling is even better than the new Gti’s. Another surprising feature to me was the fuel economy. I upgraded to this car from a old 1300 cc VW, and I have been able to match the fuel figures and in some instances even better it. I have managed 440 miles on a 55 litre tank of fuel on more than one occasion. Warrantee: ---------- Standard VW warrantee on the car for 3 years, 10 000 mile service intervals. Expect to pay around £100 for the service with a dealer. Shop around as I have learned that it can vary a lot. Price: ------ £13 645 which even I have to admit is not really cheap. The leather, metallic paint and possibly a CD changer can set you back close to another £1000 My verdict: ----------- A lovely little car with loads of wonderful features, which places it right up there with the smaller BMW’s and more prestigious brands. A delight to drive, even if the engine is somewhat uninspiring. More spacious than you would think at first, although rear headroom is limited if you plan on carrying taller passengers in the back. Long sloping dashboard takes some getting used to, as you seem to be very far away from the front (only an illusion) The lack of total practicality is best illustrated by the lack of boot space. Only about 210 litres of space is available, big enough for one big suitcase and a small bag. On the plus side, the rear seats can be folded down very easily to increase the load space to near “estate levels”. The “Fun-factor” is a serious 10 out of 10. From the quirky design, the flower vase, the retro look roof handles, hidden boot handle to the engine in the front (which never ceases to amaze traditionalists) it is a car you have to love. You have to admit that it is slightly overprized, but it is a question of paying that little more for something special. No regrets here. Go for “Laser Blue”!

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                08.08.2001 05:20
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                It is my goal in life to own a VW Beetle. In fact it is my goal in life to own at least two (both at the same time if I can afford!), an old one and a new one. They are the snazziest, coolest, funkiest little, well, littlish, cars in the world. I know people say there's nowt like the original, and true, it may not have exactly the same charisma, but there are quite a few improvements. For example, it is now a much more reliable car and being new, less prone to rust. The new shape is also lovely, all round and aerodynamic. I can't decide whether I prefer the old shape or the new shape at the moment. If you drive the new Beetle, you won't find yourself pushed up against the windscreen, as with the old ones, oh no, the dashboard is never-ending! Just look at one of these babies and notice how far back the driver is! Also, on this dashboard is small vase, suitable for about three stems! It's so cool! And when it's dark, the dashboard lights up like an aeroplane - it's not your average green, oh no, with a blue and red display it's so pretty to look at. Unfortunately, that raucous, distinguishable engine rasp has gone. A lot of people will probably be pleased, but I loved that sound! There is nothing I'd like more than to accelerate down the street and make that noise! Of course, you have to pay the price to own such a funky car. Unfortunately, it is only two door, which results in a strenuous climb into the...small..back seat. Also, because of the curved shape it's rather easy to hit your head if you are sitting on either side in the back. Despite those slight disavantages, I think the car is absolutely fantastic and I would be perfectly willing to sacrifice the luxury of having a door direct to your seat for it. I just absolutely love Beetles, old and new, as you can probably tell! If you like a car with style, then this is the bug for you.

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                  15.04.2001 00:29
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                  I have a very battered Mexican left hand drive "old style" beetle that I am totally in love with. It is a "new" B reg. so dates back to good old 1984. He is called Bertie, well El Bertie for his full title,I have had him for the past 10 years and cannot wait to be able to afford to bring it back to the pristine condition it once had and that he deserves. Being left hand drive has little problems - it is easier to squeeze between vehicles as you can see how far you really are from that wing mirror. Can be difficult to overtake but hey - I don't overtake many people as Bertie can't often go that fast!! You do have problems with getting tickets from automated multistorey car parks as you have to clamber over to the passenger seat, wind down the window, lean out at an unfortunate angle, clamber back in, wind up the window and move off before the barrier goes back down. It has been the most reliable car ever. I did not use him for about eighteen months whilst we could not afford to run two vehicles and he started first time! He is easy to maintain and even I understand most of his engine and what bits need sorting out and when. What do I think about the new beetle? - well at first I thought it was the most hideous thing out - it can't be a beetle - it has the engine in the front! The green ones resemble a frog on wheels - it has some resemblance to the traditional styling, but then a really old 1940's one looks little like a traditional one. The more I have seen them around the more I think, grudgingly, that they are quite a lovely car. I am slowly responding to new beetle drivers that happily wave to me in my "old" one and will offer a little acknowledgement as they speed pass me in their gleaming paintwork, where mine is falling off all around. But do they have the sweet "sing" of a well tuned old beetle? To be honest I cannot hear them!!! - they can't be a Beetle!!!!

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                    01.12.2000 16:17
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                    All my respect is given to the new VW Beetle! As I live in Cornwall where all the mellow surfers live the old rust bucket beetles are very common, but I don't see so many new ones.They are the nicest thing ever. I am determined to own one of those beasts. It is like a bubble car and is rounded off and looks smart! If any one was stinking rich or just wanted a neat car i would surely advise them to purchase the Bug. And i hope to see more of them around because they are a very nice sight. i thought that the other Volkswagens' were awful and they were a letdown. The shape is very taky on others but i like the way the new bug is rounded off and is very sporty, not like the old one as it didn't have a big engine. I think anything bigger than a 1 litre engine wont ever get used especially in cornwall where there are very small roads, and there is no point having a 5ht gear either because in Britain there isnt really enough motorways to make it of any use.

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                      28.10.2000 05:17
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                      Ok. I first saw this car, and I fell in love with it. It's one of the best shape car's Volkswagen has EVER brought out. And not to mention, such a better shape than the old style beetle. Don't get me wrong, that'll always be a classic. But, this is so gorgeous. If you have the money, this is one car to buy. However, I would say personally it's more of a women's car then mens. And the vase in the car is just soo cute! I want this car!! I have some added information about this gorgeous car! Cockpit Seen in the right light - the blue instrument-panel lighting ensures a perfect overall view throughout the entire journey. Flower Vase Good humour is infectious: The flower vase attached to the dashboard is just the right item for all who have no intention of doing without Flower Power in their car. Easy Entry Access Pure comfort: "Easy-Entry" enables even back-seat passengers to take their places comfortably. When required, the "Easy-Entry" seats simply slide forward. 2-cup holders The en-route catering service - your drinks for the road are well taken care of by the cup-holders during the journey. The Net Bag The net bags in the doors are anything other than run-of-the-mill: they offer lots of space for useful bits and pieces. And they they have a lot of character, too. The remote operating system The New Beetle has state-of-the-art technology down to the details. Petrol cap and luggage space can be centrally unlocked using the remote opening system on the dashboard. Airbag The Volkswagen airbag system with driver, passenger and lateral airbags will safely cushion you in the case of any unexpected stunts. Three point automatic safety belts The automatic belt system offers safety of the highest order. The vertically adjustable three-point front-seat belts are equipped with additional tightness regulators. And two modern Volkswagen three-poi nt-automatic belts ensure passengers are safe in the rear seats, too. ABS Safety is a standard feature. In our opinion, that includes the Anti-Blocker System , which is included as one of the New Beetle's standards Adjustable Steering Column The steering wheel with the modern 3-spoke design is an all-round hit. And the Volkswagen engineers have given the New Beetle an extendible and vertically adjustable steering column for your safety. TDI Engine Exemplary performance and consumption: the 60 kW (90 hp) TDI engine. Petrol Model Those who like even more power will get a lot of drive from the 85 kW (115 hp) otto engine. Gap Size Small is beautiful. The New Beetle's first-class workmanship can also be seen in the narrow-sized gaps, guaranteeing a minimum of wind noise.

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                        25.10.2000 04:25
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                        I fell in love with the new model Beetle the first time I saw it....its a very endearing shape with a 'smiley' front end. Its a fun car with a few unusual additions such as a mini vase for a flower next to the steering wheel and numerous drink holders. In particular, one of the great features on this car is the boot opening. The large VW logo on the rear of the car is on a spinning disk, to open it you spin the disk around and then press the button underneath. The wheels are great (with very large VW logo's in centre) and are pretty big. The Beetle comes in a few colours many of which are very eye catching such as yellow and lime green. My favourite though has to be the electric blue or the silver. It has taken a while for the right hand drive Beetle to make it to our shores, the model won many awards in the US and I saw loads of them driving around when I was in LA a couple of years ago so VW have taken their time. I have to say this is truely a great car (although some men may think it a bit girlie??)

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                        10.10.2000 00:41
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                        Just want to say congrats to VW. They have done an excellent job with the new VW Beetle. They have capture all of what made the original Beetle such a success and updated it to modern day standards. I also commend VW on their handling of the aftermarket garages for the Beetle. They should teach BMW how it is done. Thanks to VW for not bullying the smaller fish around. We all know how powerful BMW is, they do not need to take small mini specialist garages to court and deny them using the word 'mini' in their advertisements. REDICULOUS!!!!! Anybody considering buying a new BMW should buy a VW instead, simply because they have some morals. I had a quick drive of the new beetle and I can say that it felt a little bit more stable than the original design. I found the interior comfy and not overdone. I thought the flowerpot was a natty little touch. The boot space was a little smaller than I expected but who needs boot space with a car this cool?

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                        I have to say that I completely agree with the good Iain Massey. The Beetle is totally C.R.A.P! Does the Dome have a family of dwarfs? He says he can fit a family of 5 in the thing. It would appear to me, that anyone with a family of 5 would be better off with, to pick a couple of examples at random, a 90bhp TDi Golf (se) or a 1.8 20V Turbo Passat. Iain has been very perceptive on the Beetle's crap engine. I, however think that it would be a little unwise to put a 2.8 V6 in it, because this would create a death trap. How about the 1.8 20V? Eh Volkswagen? Eh? The new Beetle is also outrageously overpriced at sixteen and a half grand, don't you think? Seeing, as the Dome bhoy pointed out, that the Beetle is just a reversed Golf chassis, people would be better off buying the genuine article- a Golf, rather than a half-baked excuse for nostalgia to fleece guilible ponces so that they can be noticed somehow. "I MEAN COME ON" in the immortal words of the most highly esteemed Iain Massey.

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                        28.09.2000 03:22

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                        I feel that the all new VW beetle has done its predacessor more harm than good. It appears to me that VW reckoned that it would sell no matter what engine they put in it. O.K. the old one was not a rally machine but when they can produce a 2.8 , V6 engine which develops 204bhp.it seems to me that they held back a bit on a 2.0l 115bhp. engine which came out of the dark ages! I'm sorry VW but the spoiler looks as if it would be of more use as a table than to actually produce downforce. I MEAN! COME ON! It has now become a car for rich posers rather than for a true VW enthusiast. The upolstery is appaling and the manual version is slow, in fact, that is an insult on slow cars even comparing them to the new beetle. It is over priced , over rated and down right UGLY. I admire all other vechicles in the VW range even the lupo and the old beetle but come on get rid of it quick!

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                        26.09.2000 15:44
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                        My first car was a Beetle, so when I got the chance to use one of the new models in conjunction with my job I jumped at the chance. I was presented with a sort of mint green model which brought about a lot of envious stares from my colleagues. From the outside it looked so stylish, I couldn't wait to have it all to myself. I started it up and although quiet, the engine purred rather than roared. When VW designed the new Beetle they have considered even the smallest detail. I spent a good 15 minutes trying to get into the boot, only to discover that the boot lock was hidden by the VW logo, and a cuter touch was what I presume was a miniature flower vase on the dash, I must say I used it to store my pens! As for performance, the Beetle was a joy to drive. The steering was light, and the car gripped the road well. If I needed to overtake quickly, it did not let me down, my foot on the gas was met with an instant response of speed. The public seem to love Beetles. People stared as I drove past and numerous people stopped me in car parks to admire it, in fact people seemed quite envious. I enjoyed my Beetle experience so much I actually went to my local dealer to enquire and was told that the new Beetle started at £14,950 upwards. Oh well, I wouldn't be getting one then! If you have that amount of money in your budget for a new car, I can see none better than the Beetle, it cannot be matched for style in my eyes.

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