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...a CC, a Passat TDI, and dozens of Corvairs, Porsches and a TDI AUdi, we just bought our third and best new Beetle - a 2006 2.5 convertible. So far it's a great improvement in every respect over our former four cylinder non-turbo, and present turbo. Both four cylinder models had tranny problems that VW couldn't resolve, and too complicated top mechanisms. This one is black with black top and interior. We'll be replacing the top with burgandy and the interior with black and red. So far, we LOVE it! Quite a pleasant change from our 2000 Corvette. had to replace a couple of switches, use DieselFreak's door handle repair kit, polish the headlight lenses, you know: the usual stuff. Can't wait til Spring! The 04 red turbo convertible will be for sale as soon as it warms up enough for me to repair the rear window. Cam belt was done ten thousand miles ago.:)
 

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Welcome, you have had quite a few interesting cars in the past. You sound like a German car addict; in that case, you are among friends! It is hard to break the habit! Please post up some pics of the new one! Note: with the early 2.5L; there were some problems with the timing chain and tensioner. These had wear issues and could fail; bending the valves and damaging the head. They came out with a revision to the timing chain and guides; to fix the issue. So, you might want to get the chain inspected for wear, too much play with the tensioners and keep your eye on the issue. The chains stretch and the worn guides caused play/slack which contributed to the failure issue.

Post up those pics; we all love to see new members new beetles! :)
 
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