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I took a new beetle for a test drive today - 2003, automatic, 1.8L GLS with 67,000 miles on the clock. I've not driven a beetle before and have a question about the accelerator.
When I tried to pull away from being stationary, the accelerator felt...slow, somehow. I'd push down and there would be no response for a second or two. Is this due to it being a drive-by-wire (which I have no experience with) or the fact that I was driving in D?
This seems close to what I was experiencing:
http://newbeetle.org/forums/2-5-liter-gas/5277-throttle-lag-delay.html

I'm worried because I'm buying from a dealer that I know almost nothing about, and if it's a serious problem then I'm not going to be able to afford to get it fixed anytime soon.
Advice or suggestions would be welcome!
 

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I (and many others here, and on other forums) would caution you NOT to purchase one with an automatic transmission. There are numerous posts here of people with failed autos. Many, many more on VWVortex and the TDI Club forums. If you buy that car, be ready to spend a few thousand replacing the transmission.
 
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