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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.
By carolynn on Sunday, April 15, 2012
I own this caroverall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"stick shift..have 59,000 miles,, other than oil changes and routine mainatinence has never been in the shop....love it...love it....love it"
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Abbey on Saturday, September 29, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth ride. Good on gas for the most part"
Cons: "Needs worked on ALL THE TIME, unreliable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this car less than a year ago and I have had to take it to a mechanic 5 times already for different problems. Sensors and fuses go out all the time. My oil pan leaks so badly that i have to completely refill the oil tank about twice a month. The cup holders in the front are located underneath the dash, so the only things that are small enough to fit in them are soda cans and spare change. Speaker sound quality isn't the greatest, and my tape player messes up a lot when I try and use the special tapes you can plug an mp3 player into. This car is really good on gas as long as all of the sensors are functioning properly, otherwise it eats gas like crazy. The only time you would know it has an alarm system is when it decides to auto lock itself, set the alarm and then proceed to have the alarm go off non stop. When this happens, unlocking the car is not enough to make it stop. I actually have to get in and drive it for a bit to make the alarm stop resetting itself and going off again 30 seconds later. I took it to a mechanic to find out why it was doing this and was told that a sensor in the door was most likely not working and it would cost $500 or more to repair the problem. I was also told that this is a common issue with 1998 Beetles. Another problem I'm having is that the drivers side window (both are power windows) will roll up almost all the way and then roll itself back down. Also, any major repairs the car needs have to be done by a Volkswagen tech and can't be done by an ordinary mechanic. Most if not all of the replacement parts have to be ordered from Volkswagen and can't just be generic car parts, so it costs an arm and a leg when something needs repaired. All in all I had a terrible experience with this car. Don't get sucked in by how cute they are like I did. Do your research first."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Russ on Saturday, August 20, 2011
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Costly constant repairs
Pros: "Decent gas mileage, fun to drive"
Cons: "Constant costly repairs, something always going wrong. Car in shop for repairs often."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Headlights fail Engine light comes on every 100 miles or so Brakes never worked properly even after costly repairs Heated driver side mirror broke, even after repaired Window motors very, very expensive to repair (rear failed) Rear window liner constantly becomes detached Air vents break very easily, and must be completely removed to be repaired"
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful