I am writing this review as a farewell to a much enjoyed car. It has provided me and the family with some memorable motoring and we will certainly miss the top-down summer cruises to the beach.
I have had no major problems with this car after 20,000 miles. My only gripes are a rear badge that dents too easily when you close the boot, door skins that vibrate when the (excellent) stereo is played too loudly, excessive oil consumption and poor rear visibility, but these are more than made up for by the overall quality of the car.
The biggest problem when driving this car comes from those 'macho' drivers who don't always appreciate a 'girlie' bug leaving them in its wake!
This car is great fun in the summer and the electric soft-top is a masterpiece of Karmann engineering that makes a mockery of the current trend for weight-adding tin-top convertibles.
As well as making you smile when the sun shines, this car also does the serious stuff well, too. I have used it for regular motorway commutes (160 miles each way) and it has proven to be economical (over 50mpg) and surprisingly composed and quiet at motorway speeds.
Having now reluctantly traded the car in for a more family-friendly and powerful Golf, the real beauty of this car has become apparent - after 18 months and 20,000 miles, the depreciation on this car was a measly £1500 compared to the price I paid new! That rounds off a generally excellent experience with the car.
I bought one one of these summer 2006 and I LOVE IT!! I went for Salsa Red with the cream hood and interior, which looks so cool. The view over left shoulder with hood up isn't good, but everything else makes up for it, esp. with all the extras added - rear parking sensors, electric folding mirrors, heated leather seats, etc etc! This car looks so good with the hood down, and I've had so many compliments about it from people even a 14 year old schoolboy! I can easily get a week's shopping in the boot, even people in the supermarket car park are amazed! This is 100 times better than a Mini convertible which are just SO common!
I worked my way up from a golf to a hard top beetle, then finally got my beaufiful beetle cabrio. She is black with cream leather interior, parking sensors (a must) rain sensors, you name it, she's got it. She also has a very annoying Knocking sound which comes from the passenger side where the roof connects to the windscreen. She has been back to the dealer no less than 8 times where they adjust this and tighten that. Still not resolved. Can anyone enlighten me??? Other than that she is a fun car, gorgeous and sexy. We went to france last summer via ferry and managed to pack for a family of 4, everything we needed for 2 week hols into that little boot, I can do a weekly shop and sqeeze it in so yes the boot is a tardis.
I love my new 'Bertie the Vertie' i've had it in dark grey and looks great. It has had to go back to the garage for a few minor repairs, but within 2 months the oil filter cracked leaving oil all over my block paved drive - don't know if i've just been unlucky. I have had to have rear parking sensors as view is restricted somewhat by hood when up, although lovely drive and view with roof down. I need to invest in a deflector as without I do end up with the common complaint of 'convertable hair'. All in all love it and wouldn't be without it.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!