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Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Combined Fuel Economy
23 MPG
Horsepower
150 HP
KBB Consumer Rating
3.7 
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Pros

The most significant aspect of the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is its familiar and friendly shape but, as a bonus, it is actually quite comfortable as a daily driver as well. Even taller drivers will appreciate the quantity of front-seat headroom.

Cons

If you need on occasion to carry four adult passengers, the New Beetle's rear seats offer very little headroom and the cargo area is tiny. The instrument panel configuration takes some getting used to as it spans the considerable distance between the windshield and the driver and front-seat passenger.

What's New For 2008

The new trim level names are S and SE. Volkswagen has deleted fog lights, leather seating and rain-sensing wipers from all models, but has added a tire pressure monitoring system as standard equipment.

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Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Expert Review

The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle remains a popular choice among those seeking a less conventional mode of transportation. Touting a shape based on the original Beetle (popularly known as the "Bug"), the New Beetle's easily recognizable shape results in the most lop-sided interior dimensions of any car in its class. While the sloping hatch creates a nearly unusable rear seat, the arching dome roof provides an unbeatable 38 inches of front headroom, making the New Beetle the friend of the tall and very tall. Unfortunately, the roof design also creates some massive blind spots around the windshield pillars. Strict emission standards force the removal of the fuel-miserly TDI diesel engine, leaving the 150-horsepower 2.5-liter gasoline engine as the sole choice.

Driving the Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

Because it's based on the Golf platform, the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle exhibits most of the same ride and handling attributes of its sister car. The 2.5-liter engine delivers strong acceleration and good fuel economy, a noticeable improvement over the previous 2.0-liter engine, but is not as much fun to drive as the old turbocharged models. On the road the Beetle offers an extremely smooth ride and handles well under normal driving conditions. Push it a little harder and its relatively soft suspension and 16-inch all-season tires begin to show their limitations. If you desire better handling, your VW dealer can upgrade the car to optional 17-inch alloy wheels and stiffer springs designed by VW, which will make it more responsive.

Favorite Features

Blue Instrument Lighting
Cornflower blue lighting in the instrument cluster is easy on the eyes both night and day.

Headroom
Because the driver's and passenger seat sit in the very center of the car, the arching roofline and height-adjustable seats create phenomenal headroom, suiting even the tallest occupants.

Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Interior

In order to create the New Beetle's shape, the windshield and dashboard have been partially extended over the engine compartment, creating a tremendously deep dash and a large blind spot where the front pillar meets the side mirror. The New Beetle's seats are some of the most comfortable we've experienced, with excellent back, side and thigh support for both driver and passenger. The trademark domed exterior shape provides ample front-seat headroom, but somewhat less for rear-seat passengers.

Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Exterior

The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle mimics what is probably the best-known automotive shape in the world, the original Beetle. Considering the price, the New Beetle is remarkably detailed and offers excellent crash-test results and projected accident-repair costs.

Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Standard Features

The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle includes a 150-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), electronic stabilization program, air conditioning, rear defroster, illuminated remote keyless entry, key-operated open/close feature for power windows and optional sunroof, dual heated power mirrors with built-in turn signals, front side-impact airbags, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power locks, 16-inch alloy wheels and remote hatch release.

Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Options

VW has bundled its most popular items into two packages. The Cold Weather Package adds heated seats and windshield spray nozzles. Package #1 includes the Cold Weather Package plus a premium sound system, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, 17-inch wheels and a power glass sunroof. It is standard on the SE and optional on the S. Stand-alone items include a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer, power sunroof (S), iPod connector and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Engine

The 2.5-liter 20-valve five-cylinder is a vast improvement over Volkswagen's previous four-cylinder engine, the old eight-valve 2.0-liter. Not only does it bring an additional 35 horsepower to the table, it also provides the kind of low-end torque needed to move the New Beetle with some authority. Though not as quiet or vibration free as similar-size engines from Honda and Toyota, the 2.5 is nevertheless a good match to the New Beetle's size and weight.

2.5-liter in-line 5
150 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), 20/29 (automatic)

How Much Does the Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Cost?

The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just under $18,000 and tops out around $22,000 fully loaded. The six-speed Tiptronic automatic adds about $1,000 to the price. A look at 2007 Fair Purchase Prices shows consumers typically paid several hundred dollars over dealer invoice, which should hold true for the 2008 models as well. Fair Purchase Prices show the typical transaction price paid in your area. The New Beetle is expected to retain an excellent five-year resale value, similar to the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible, Mazda MX-5, Saturn Astra and Scion tC.

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Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Reviews

3.7 

Overall Rating

5 star

40%

4 star

24%

3 star

11%

2 star

14%

1 star

11%

Value
3.8 
Performance
4.1 
Quality
3.7 
Comfort
4 
Reliability
3.8 
Styling
4.2 

SC
12/17/2018
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle

"Great little car"

fun to drive
Great / fun little car use it as daily driver and dolly tow behind RV
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Gas Tank Frank
08/22/2018
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

"DO NOT AGE WELL"

Cool looking cars
Literally everything else!
Lease one for three years then GIVE IT BACK!!! The vacuum hoses break repeatedly, the headlights and turn signals have burned out more times than I can count! Windshield wiper motor burned out too. Also went through two valve cover gaskets in two years. Now the headlights dont work unless you hit them like Fonzie used to turn on the jukebox. Icing on the cake was a hole in the radiator the day the title came in the mail. 6 years and 90k problem riddled miles. NEVER AGAIN!
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eric
05/29/2018
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle

"vehicle is a head turner."

blush edition 1 of 1500 made in 2009
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2009 vw beetle blush edition 24500 miles ex condition.1 of 1500 made in 2009.
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Hippie Girl
08/13/2017
2005 Volkswagen New Beetle

"Cute as ever, but cheap!"

Cute, fun to drive with the top down
Very poorly made
She's adorable and people love her! Everyone will stop and tell about the VW they used to own. These days, however, the interior is beyond inferior! I can scratch my name in the dashboard because of the soft plastic. Anything that is attached has broken off ~ the handle to the glovebox, the ashtray in the back seat, the interior soft-side paneling of the door and backseat. The interior soft side-paneling is truly unacceptable. The glue turns into a messy yellow powder, causing the soft leather to fall out of place. This yellow powder gets all over the seats and turns them into a mess. Your car then looks like you are irresponsible and trashy. The electronics are not much better. The speaker system is poor. The door windows do not respond hydraulically as they are supposed to, so you have to lower and raise the windows, intentionally, prior to exiting the car. The buzzer rings indicating the top is down (when the top is down) every time you come to a stop. My sunroof is only two years old, and I have just noticed signs of separation at the rear window. So, again, they are cute as ever but very poorly made. Lastly, I paid 10,000 for this car just under three years ago. Now I'm told it is valued just over 2000. This speaks volumes, in my opinion. Buy a different car.Read less
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ps
07/03/2017
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

"Fun to drive when it is not in the shop."

I like driving this car, but it is hard to keep in one piece. We purchased this 2008 model new in June 2009. Even with 110,000 it still runs great. But here are the problems. We have replaced two radios. Both of the VW radios were junk. Neither of them would play a CD without skipping and it would just jump from one radio station to another without any input - finally replaced it with a radio from Best Buy. The sunroof opens randomly on its own. The right side window does not go all the way down. The horn fell off - just fell off! The center console fell off twice. The lid for the center console has broken twice. The catch on the rear hatch has never worked properly. If you use the release in the drivers door, you cannot lift the hatch before it latches itself again - VW tried to fix it several times, we finally gave up. We cannot keep a working bulb in the right side headlight - it is nearly impossible to change them on your own. The clear coat is pealing off the front bumper and hood (car has always been kept in the garage). Poor fit on passenger door.Read less
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2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Cruise Control
  • Remote Keyless Entry

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player

Seating

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leatherette/Vinyl Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Remote Control Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 20 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sub Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 28 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 23 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 150 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.65 inches
  • Torque - 170 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 3750 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 2 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P205/55HR16
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/45R17
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 50000 miles
  • Basic Years - 4 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 12 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 4 years

Mechanical

  • Alternator Amps - 140 amps
  • Axle Ratio - 3.65
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Manual
  • Cylinders - 5 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.25 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 9.5
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 20 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 5 speed
  • Overdrive - w/Overdrive
  • Amps - 60 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3153 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 78.0 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 14.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 40.7 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.2 inches
  • Height - 59.1 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 39.4 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 31.5 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 4
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 4.7 inches
  • Overall Length - 161.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 52.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 42.1 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 4 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - Not Recommended
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 5.0 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 35.8 feet
  • Wheel Base - 98.8 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 67.9 inches
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2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Safety

Driver Front
4 
Passenger Front
4 
Front Side
Not Available
Rear Side
Not Available
Rollover Rating
4 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Safety Technology
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Front Side Airbag

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2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Rankings

Horsepower
150 HP
MPG Combined
23 MPG
Consumer Ratings
3.7 Rating
Rank
Vehicle
HP
#3
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
150 HP

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