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Old 01-01-2013, 09:47 PM
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I ask myself this question as to why so many people love this vehicle. Personally I have had numerous new cars and well they were "made in Japan" since I could take an engine from one and with little effort swap it to a smaller car, anyway getting back to the topic after doing some reading in this site that people like the car and even thou it may not be the "best" choice as far as repairs etc and they still purchase one. I can say that after having one close to a month and seeing that my relatives in S. America have owned them for as long as I've been in this planet in comparison to other cars, they never get old. I hope to have mine well after I retire and hope I don't have to make my own repairs. I have an uncle with an old Beetle air cooled that still has a record player under the dash and plays his 45's in it how about them apples. I'm curious why you bought yours...
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:54 PM
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There's just something about a Volkswagen, and especially a New Beetle and now the Beetle. I like to say, they're so much fun, they should be illegal! Now, you know what I mean!

I've owned many cars in my 50+ years. None had the soul and personality of any of my New Beetles. It's an amazing thing.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:32 PM
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I bought mine because I really liked the styling. That ans I had loved them since 1998!! No regrets! I have had many people tell me that it is a perfect fit for me!
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:24 AM
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I purchased my first New Beetle because of the TDI. I soon found that the vehicle had a lot of personality and it was fun to drive. I've owned many sports cars (Mustang GT's, Corvette's, etc.) but I found that none were more fun to drive than the Beetle IMO. Plus, the Beetle offers more driver legroom & space than any of my sports cars that I previously owned. Legroom and space are very important to me.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:03 AM
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Ever since I was a kid in the 1960s, I've been hooked on the Bug. My dad had a 1957 Oval Window from new until 1970. I got my first Beetle in 1978, a 71 Super, then a pair of 69 Bugs in the early 80s. When the New Beetle came out in 1998, I couldn't afford it, and I had one more 1969 Beetle from 2003-2009. I finally made the switch from air to water and bought a 2000 GLS in 2009. Although I grew up with the original air-cooled Beetles, I'll never go back after driving the water-cooled version. In fact, I now have 2 New Beetles, the 2000 (which my daughter now drives) and a 2010. Beetles built from 1998-2010 and 2012+ are a continuation of a classic icon and I believe they will eventually become a staple at VW shows just as the old air-cooleds are today. Whether the engine is in the back or front and whether air or water keeps it cool, the Beetle is and will always be VW's defining symbol.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:15 AM
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Well, I wanted a beetle ever since I was 9 years old and now I'm 21 and was finally able to get it and with the way things planned out, it seems like it was just meant for me to get one. I really enjoy having Mandy, but I also have some dislikes. This car has some terrible blind spots, I don't like sitting so low- I'm used to riding high. I don't like the disrespect I'm all of sudden getting from other cars. I looove my beetle very much. I smile at her everyday, stare out of the window looking at her for 5 minutes straight, look at her as I walk away from parking lots, but as soon as I get a job...I'm going to have to trade her in for my 2nd dream car which is a Jeep Wrangler. I'll probably get a 2010-2012 two door jeep. These are the only vehicles I could see myself riding. Only Beetles or Jeeps because no other car fits my personality.
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Well, I wanted a beetle ever since I was 9 years old and now I'm 21 and was finally able to get it and with the way things planned out, it seems like it was just meant for me to get one. I really enjoy having Mandy, but I also have some dislikes. This car has some terrible blind spots, I don't like sitting so low- I'm used to riding high. I don't like the disrespect I'm all of sudden getting from other cars. I looove my beetle very much. I smile at her everyday, stare out of the window looking at her for 5 minutes straight, look at her as I walk away from parking lots, but as soon as I get a job...I'm going to have to trade her in for my 2nd dream car which is a Jeep Wrangler. I'll probably get a 2010-2012 two door jeep. These are the only vehicles I could see myself riding. Only Beetles or Jeeps because no other car fits my personality.
Please don't get a 2010 Wrangler, I know 3 ppl who have one and I had a 2007 Rubicon and they are the worst POS you can have...here is me with the one vehicle I thought was going to be the last one I ever owned and it spent more time at the service department even thou I bought it new, ....

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:06 AM
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Please don't get a 2010 Wrangler, I know 3 ppl who have one and I had a 2007 Rubicon and they are the worst POS you can have...here is me with the one vehicle I thought was going to be the last one I ever owned and it spent more time at the service department even thou I bought it new, ....

So, what year models of jeep wranglers do you think are the most reliable? I really love jeeps. I would like to get one eventually.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:36 AM
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I remember getting a Cherokee as a rental a few years ago. I was really excited to drive it, as I think they look nice. What a huge disappointment. It felt cheap, it was loud, and it was supposedley nicely equipped. It wasn't. Ruined me for Jeeps ever since.


Not knocking them. They are just not for me. My daughter is a Jeep Girl.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:18 AM
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I always wanted a Beetle but didn't think I could afford one. After an accident in 2004, I looked at the VW dealer. I considered a white Jetta, cyber green and yellow NBs before I saw a new 05 blue Beetle next to the building. I took her for a test drive and the rest is history. I knew nothing about the different engines, trim lines, etc and it all worked out for the best. I didn't know anything about diesels. The only thing I would change is to replace the gray cloth for black.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:40 PM
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Had a couple of aircooled bugs, a couple of campers and various other VW. When I went to look at this one it was supposed to be just another daily driver but you can't help but love them.

I keep thinking about selling mine but tbh I don't know what I'd replace it with.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:34 PM
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One reason is because it's not one of those "made in Japan" cars. lol

Seriously, I grew up in my early years on VWs and other foreign cars (MG, Mercedes, Audi) and due to my asthmas growing up, and falling for Herbie, I just grew up loving Beetles. When the Concept 1 came out in 94 I was blown away, and the NB finally came out when I got my license, so it was a natural fit for me to go from the old to the new. For a diehard VW enthusiast like me, the NB is the prefect every day car while my vintage VWs are my toys for nice weather. But, I will say this, I've had quite a few non VWs in my fleet and I will say that my 99 NB has been by far the BEST car I have ever owned in terms of reliability and repair. Plus it's just plain fun to drive. Thanks to my career in the auto industry, I've driven lots of cars. From econo box Toyotas and Scions to Porsche Carerra GTs and Aston Martins. And one thing has remained a constant. I have not found a Japaneese cars that's fun to drive out side of a couple Subarus and the 1st and 2nd gen Mazda Miata. Out side of that short list, they're really all the same. No feel or response and rather boring.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:25 PM
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It's unexplainable!

Really. When I bought my bug in 2003, I had no intention of buying a car. Walking around the car lot, the bug actually called me to it. You know, " Hey Buddy, look at me, you know you want to."

It's been a great time. As someone once said.

"You don't find your Bug, your Bug finds you!"
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:30 AM
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My mechanics asked me the same thing...I have loved beetles since, well, forever. I always wanted an old beetle. My parents put the down payment on my 1st car and would not let me get one. I've been wanting one ever since. I got the new beetle because the old ones are just as expensive as what I got if they are in any type of good shape so I figured I may as well get a newer one with all the safety features and buttons (I love buttons just like that Honda commercial guy...lol). My last car was completely stripped. No power anything. I wanted buttons and gadgets.

My choice of the beetle? The years of longing, and it all boils down to the cuteness factor. Where else would you find a cyber green baby that smiles at you with it's round little headlights every time you go out to get in it? I love my Iggy. She makes me smile every time I get in and drive. Before Iggy I really hated driving and avoided it as much as possible. My 2000 Honda Civic has a little over 50,000 miles on it only because my DH drove it for a year and put 30,000 of those on in that time.
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It's unexplainable!

Really. When I bought my bug in 2003, I had no intention of buying a car. Walking around the car lot, the bug actually called me to it. You know, " Hey Buddy, look at me, you know you want to."

It's been a great time. As someone once said.

"You don't find your Bug, your Bug finds you!"
Kinda like a puppy. I think its the face and the eyes. They just look at you and.... You just have to adopt it out of the cold stealer lot.

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My mechanics asked me the same thing...I have loved beetles since, well, forever. I always wanted an old beetle. My parents put the down payment on my 1st car and would not let me get one. I've been wanting one ever since. I got the new beetle because the old ones are just as expensive as what I got if they are in any type of good shape so I figured I may as well get a newer one with all the safety features and buttons (I love buttons just like that Honda commercial guy...lol). My last car was completely stripped. No power anything. I wanted buttons and gadgets.

My choice of the beetle? The years of longing, and it all boils down to the cuteness factor. Where else would you find a cyber green baby that smiles at you with it's round little headlights every time you go out to get in it? I love my Iggy. She makes me smile every time I get in and drive. Before Iggy I really hated driving and avoided it as much as possible. My 2000 Honda Civic has a little over 50,000 miles on it only because my DH drove it for a year and put 30,000 of those on in that time.
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I've always had a VW thing my 1st car was a 1969 VW beetle, then I got a polo, then a Jap car (nice power. But was lacking something) got another polo, then the new beetle... It's in my blood
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I fell in love with the Herbie movies as a kid. First car a red '74 super beetle, restored some, never drove it on the road.
2nd - '98 silver 2.0 beetle aka Rascal bug (that car was crazy!) but it was my path to freedom in '02,
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Love my beetles, especially looking out the window at Herbie & belle.
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I've always had a VW thing... It's in my blood
My aunt had a VW thing when they first came out. I so want one of those!


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Old 01-12-2013, 01:55 AM
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I fell in love with the Herbie movies as a kid.
I so loved those movies too. May not have been a kid but I still loved them. So want to buy all of them so I can have a Herbie marathon one day.


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