I owned a VW Beetle as my first car. I am now the proud owner of a brand new fabulous (they call it a face-lift - don't you just love it?) black Beetle cabriolet with black hood and interior - with black silk flower. Those who use this as a pen pot need to get more in touch with their fun side. I love it.
My excuse to myself was that I couldn't play my iPod in my MX-5 so I had to buy a new Beetle. Who cares about the boot? It's a bit like the Tardis - there's more room than you think. (I've got £150 food shop in there without any problem). I'm not sure I'll ever use the little door in the boot to put your skis in, though - I'll have to learn to ski first!
I love the blue interior lights, the iPod connection, the light reactive interior mirror, the electric hood, the way the stereo turns itself down when the car slows down, and the unobstructed panaramic view when the hood is down.
Petrol consumption seems ok - more when we have the hood down, but that's to be expected. Buy a wind deflector - it's well worth the money as it does cut down on the backdraft when driving. I have had so many envious looks and smiles - it certainly turns heads.
Who said it isn't a blokes car? It's fabulous and it's fun. What more do you want from a car - if you want something boringm practical, steady etc, buy a van. I have never regretted my purchase and the aftersales service from the VW dealer has been great.
Here's hoping for a very long summer - pass the sunscreen!
Well put together. The hood is very effective at insulating occupants from wind noise. Fuel consumption not great - a struggle to get over 30mpg. I think that it looks fantastic in black. It makes everybody smile, and because of this as a second car you can forgive the general impracticality and the joke boot.
I bought this car for my wife two years ago in February 2004. It's a fun, girlie car and looks stunning in Royal Navy metallic paint. It has been totally reliable and has a fairly solid build quality overall.
The car was purchased with cream leather sports seats at great expense. After about 5000 miles, the seats began to show unsightly dark stains. I complained to the dealer who offered to clean the seats. The dealer cleaned the seats but was unable to remove the stains which they blamed on my wife wearing "dark clothing".
I have to point out here that my wife isn't exactly gothic and buys her clothes from fairly standard shops such as Next, Marks and Spencer, and so on. I pointed out to them that wearing dark clothing was fairly standard practice, and in my opinion the leather seats were not fit for purpose.
VW refused to move on the issue, and as a consequence won't receive any more of my hard-earned cash. I had the seats examined by a leather specialist who described the quality of the leather as being very poor. In short, if you want to buy a fun car, then this is fine, but don't waste you cash on leather seats.
My first impressions after four months' ownership: great build quality (rattle-free, no discernable scuttle-shake), quiet and refined to drive (hood up or down).
Performance is adequate but probably a little under-powered in 1.6 guise.
The only delivery fault was a failed glove compartment light!
The only significant downside is rear visbility (hood up or down).
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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!