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2001 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 26/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Mexico

2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 1098 Ratings for the 1998 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.0/10
  • Reliability
    7.2/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.9/10

Avoid this car

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I love and hate this car. It is satisfying to drive, but it is the least reliable vehicle I have ever owned. If you want a turbo charged car to fix up, this is the one. Just make sure that it isn't your primary or secondary vehicle!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

limited edition color,it drives very smooth

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun car step on the gas and it really goes."

Cons: "not as good on gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The car is a limited edition color has everything in it including heated seats. It is a smooth riding car no matter what speed you are going. I am only selling it because I would like a bigger car. Is not driven in the winter."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Window problem"

Cons: "Expensive to b fixed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car. Handles well on highway. Had some minor repairs on it. Been driven across country and it's wonderful on the road!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Worst VW I have ever owned.

By on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good handling at freeway speeds."

Cons: "Poor mileage and excessive repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased it in 2006 with 22,000 miles. Then began a series of repairs that normally don't occur for the life of the car. The poor mileage of 17 mpg. is unacceptable. It has been analyzed by two different dealers that found no problesms! Again, this car is a loser. Dick"

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

High maintenance cost

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "one of the greatest small cars out there"

Cons: "regular maintenance, fixes are high"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Learned how to do light bulbs myself($65)if mechanic changes. Have had multiple electrical, window issues-thank goodness for that warranty. Dealerships get really aggravated when you keep bringing it back-they are ones not fixing it correctly to begin with. Fun to drive, comfortable,reliable engine so far, drives great in the snow, and rain. Wanted a manual drive, but none available at the dealership. Automatic is proving to be just fine."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Solid diesel performance and a blast to drive!

By on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Diesel torque, very high MPG"

Cons: "High cost of diesel fuel, hard to get good service"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I wanted the diesel so I bought it. The Beetle is a "cute" little car. That said, with its two-door layout and high roofline it is easy for me - a REALLY big guy - to climb in and out. With the hatchback and fold down rear seat it will hold a LOT of stuff. So it fits my needs really well - by the same token it is not a car for a large family. The TDI took some serious "breaking in" and I did have initial second thoughts. After that rough beginning it has been a great little engine. It routinely returns over 40 MPG (the price of diesel fuel cuts into the benefit of that) with mostly local driving. It has TORQUE which makes it a blast to drive. The downside is this is NOT a common engine and there are not a lot of places to get it competently serviced. If you can do your own service this is a wonderful car, if not you really need access to a top level diesel mechanic. Volkswagen spared no effort to provide this car with every traction/stability aid known to German engineers. It can and does go most everywhere in slippery winter driving conditions. The only limitation is somewhat low ground clearance, but in nine winters I have not had an issue with this. The only reliability issues I have had with the car were two electronics issues. I was able to find a local expert who was able to fix them and total costs were about $200. These require specific maintenance and that is costly. This includes timing belt replacement, oil changes with the right oil, and flushing the brake fluid every two years. Bottom line: fuel costs are low, but the car is not cheap to keep running right and problem free; with all the diesel torque it is fun to drive."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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