View Full Version : Drove an '03 Volkswagen Beetle

01-21-03, 06:28 PM
Oh my God it was horrible! I had to drive it from northern New Jersey to Long Island.. I thought the Jetta handled bad. Now, I have a new respect for it.. The "bug" just jiggles all over the place. It's a handling nightmare! AND - it's all plastic and metal inside.. There's nothing cushy about it at all. If there's ANY good point about it - it's roomy.. You can stretch out. And, you can lean your arms against the side by the window - there's plenty of room. But, no fabric or anything.. Just metal..

The car stinks.. I can't believe anyone would spend more than $10k on it..

01-21-03, 06:38 PM
Sounds just like the old Bug :D

01-21-03, 08:02 PM
did you drive the base model or the turbo beetle?

01-21-03, 08:43 PM
Seen the convertible Bug. It looks crappy to me.

01-21-03, 11:08 PM
I drove the base model.. The 1.8 turbos are OKAY in the Jetta - but they eat A LOT of gas when you floor 'em...

01-22-03, 12:29 AM
The new bug just looks like an old bug with downs syndrum. :)(sp?)

01-22-03, 01:20 AM
Yeah - not my favorite car...

01-22-03, 03:39 PM
never been a huge fan of volkswagens, but the passat w8 is the best car they have made. They are the generic brand of german cars.

01-22-03, 05:24 PM
Yup. My thoughts, exactly...

01-23-03, 09:52 AM
<---- Airhead here.. :cool::D

I've owned 35 Aircooled VW's.. Mostly Beetles. The oldest being a '56. Owned at least one of every year from '66 to '74. 3 Karmann Ghias. And a '69 Squareback. I currently own just one - a EMPI style fiberglas dune buggy on a shortened 1964 Beetle pan. If I ever get it done, it will be my track toy..

My wife drove a '96 Jetta - until we traded it on the STS. Not the cushiest, not the biggest, not the fastest - but it was a great car! 6 1/2 years and 102,000 miles of service - and not ONE service repair! We literally only put gas, oil, tires and brakes on it.

VW in the here and now don't have the personality of the old air-cooled cars..

01-23-03, 06:41 PM
I drive an '01 Jetta right now - during the Winter - and it's great. I actually really like it. A well-made car for the price.. On the other hand - bugs are bad. :p

01-23-03, 11:12 PM
EWWWWW! a bug! squwish it! :D