Beware-Blonde with Beetle
Seems to me that guy just doesn't like Beetle's in General. He looks more like a Lexus type of person to meA not-so-good review of the 2012 Beetle by CNN Money.
VW 2012 Beetle has some bugs - Video - Personal Finance
So does my 2000.I agree with both of you. It is almost like he was negative about it before he even stepped in it to drive.
I think the Beetle is just cooler than he is, and he got intimidated by its awesomeness!
I've never driven a 2012 Beetle but my 2010 drives like a dream!
Since you brought up the cost of Diesel. I think Diesel is only more expensive in this country and perhaps Canada. In Europe Diesel is about 2 Dollars a Gallon Cheaper than Regular Gas (not Premium). They sell their gasoline and Diesel via Liters but converted into Gallons and taking the current exchange rate in mind regular gas is close to 8 Dollars a Gallon and Diesel about 6 Dollars a Gallon. Still, I am just trying to make a point that Diesel which costs less to refine should always be cheaper than Gasoline. I think the only reason it isn't in this country because we take advantage of the Truck Drivers and also if Diesel would be cheaper than regular gas more people would be buying Diesel in this Country and the Automakers can't have that. They rather push their SUVs and Pickup Trucks down our troats to keep the Oil Companies happy.I don't think this clown likes VW as a whole.I watched the reveiw on the Passat,and he didn't seem to like that either.He mentioned about the high price of diesel vs. premium.Has he looked at the price of the two lately??....lol....almost the same.He also liked the way the transmission shifted...if I remember correctly,the Beetle,and Passat share the same one.Also, he complained about the brakes "need work"he says...lol I think VW has very good brakes,and my 98 Bug with 184,000 miles will prove it....ok my rant is over....lol..... keep on buggin...
I am totally sold on a Diesel. You just can't find any. The US Car Manufactureres and Importers keep the production of Diesel Cars to a Minimum. That way the demand stays high and so do the prices.Depends where you are as to if diesel is close to premium. Its 30-40 cents more per gallon than premium here...
If you do the math though, the mpg you get from a diesel does offset the fuel costs. When the diesel gets nearly twice the mileage as an equivalent gasser (let's say TDI NB vs. a 1.8T NB) but the price is 10-15% higher, it will catch up and be worth it...IF you drive it enough. You don't make your money back on a diesel by driving it short distances or a small number of miles per year. The diesel debate won't go away. I have a diesel and I love it, but for my daily driving it doesn't make sense. I have less than a 15 mile round trip commute. My gasser can handle the short trips way better than a diesel can. Our TD (not TDI...this is an IDI diesel from '84 ) is our project/fun car.
You can't make judgements on the diesel just based on price. Yes, the fuel costs more and yes you pay a premium for the car, but for some, its worth it. When I was looking for a new car, VW was offering crazy finance incentives on their cars...everything but the TDIs. No need to on those...they sell on their own.