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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle - I love my little bug!

leonard
Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
5.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
5.0
Reliability
5.0
My car is a 1999 model vw new beetle. It has a 5 speed with a 1.8 liter gasoline powered engine; it also has turbo so it really has a lot of power. It has a grey cloth interior and a power sunroof and it is equipped with anti lock break, front and side air bags, power everything, and a security system. Its midnight blue and has aluminum rims with low profile tires. I get great gas mileage. It may be small but it is roomy, I think that is the one misconception people have about the VW Beetles. I get great gas mileage about 40mpg. It is a 5 speed 1.8 liter with turbo and it really has some power. It registers for 160 and I do believe it could do it. I love to go camping and hiking and my hatchback can accommodate tents, sleeping bags, and fishing poles. So much for people who assume tha... (more)
Story
once my sister got stuck four wheeling and she called me for help. ironically my lil vw bug made it atop this hillside that her dodge Durango 4x4 couldn't handle. we attached her tow line to my lil loop on my frame and my lil car was able to pull her giant 4x4 free and save the day.
Pros
It is small and easy to drive, I can get in parking spots that others can't & it's a breeze to maneuver such as parallel parking and things like that. I get great gas mileage and it has a ton of power. It also has turbo so it has a lot of get up and go when needed. It has a power sun roof, a security system, a multi disk cd player and a mp3 player. I like the conveniently placed numerous ac power supplies. I like the hatchback it gives me a lot of storage space. I also like the oversized headlights, it makes night time driving a breeze. I like the signals being on the front and sides of th... (more)
Cons
My biggest con is the reverse. VW's that have 5 speeds the reverse is over and up, as opposed to every other standard I have driven where its over and down. It makes it easy to put into first and you think its in reverse or vice versa which almost caused several accidents. I don't like the fact that I fit in peoples blind spots, several times I have had SUV's cut over on me and cut me off. It's so small that I feel like if I were to have an accident I would get injured & sometimes the security system sounds off for no reason and scares the hell out of me or people standing nearby. When the... (more)

1999 Volkswagen New Beetle - 1991 Beetle Review

Tauri
Sutherlin, Oregon
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
2.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
2.0
I owned a 1999 New Volkswagen Beetle. I had it for about 3 years. There were many great things to this car. I loved the rounded style and the blue color. I loved the six change CD player and the way the dashboard was designed. It had comfortable seating and a large backseat, as well as a large trunk for the size of car it was. I didn't like how it would rattle if you drove over 65 MPH. I also didn't like the electrical system. Every other week I had to replace a bulb in the front and back headlights. I also had some issues with the electrical components on the dashboard and had to replace those.
Story
One thing that was memorable was going to basketball games. My friends and I would travel to watch our high school basketball games in this car. There was plenty of room for 4 people comfortably and it was a lot of fun.
Pros
My favorite thing about this car was that it drove really nice in the city. It was easy to park and maneuver around. I loved the gray interior and how big the front window was. It also had a lot of storage in the trunk and back seat. I like that it had a 6 changer for CDs and the radio worked really well. The air conditioner and heater also worked great. I am short so this car was really nice for me to drive because the pedals were forward enough.
Cons
There are two major problems with this car. The first problem is how much it shakes when you are on the free way. If you stay around 65 MPH it is okay but still loud. If you go with the flow of traffic and it is faster then that then the car shakes and is really loud. The second problem is the electrical. I had nothing but issues with the electrical with this car. My dad works on cars so luckily he was able to fix most problems or it would have been really expensive. He was constantly changing bulbs and replacing electrical parts the entire time I had this car.