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Hey guys,
Recently purchased a 2001 1.8L Turbo beetle, and it's definitely got some issues. I'm not interested in fixing it, I'd rather just sell it. I really love the new beetles and I want to get a model that doesn't seem to have as many issues as mine. Any suggestions on what year to buy? I'm currently looking at purchasing a 1998 model, any issues with that one I should know about as well? Thanks in advance for the help! :p
 

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If you are looking for less issues, a '98 is probably not the one to get. They are the very first of these cars and can definitely have issues as such.

The biggest thing usually is maintenance history. If a car has been well maintained, its more likely to be more problem free.

Whats going on with your current car? Might be worth fixing. Then you know whats been done for sure.
 

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Mine definitely needs a new transmission, which is common for the 2001 to need transmission work, and I think I have an electrical problem.
 

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1. Get a 5 spd. Most autos have major issues. If you don't know to drive a manual, learn.
2. Find a reputable mechanic to look a prospective car over for you. This usually costs about $50-100. Well worth it.

Good luck on your search.
 

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Hey guys,
Recently purchased a 2001 1.8L Turbo beetle, and it's definitely got some issues. I'm not interested in fixing it, I'd rather just sell it. I really love the new beetles and I want to get a model that doesn't seem to have as many issues as mine. Any suggestions on what year to buy? I'm currently looking at purchasing a 1998 model, any issues with that one I should know about as well? Thanks in advance for the help! :p
Let's see some pix of your problem child :). Interior pix too.
Huuummm ...what kind of electrical problems are you having?
How much $$ would you take for it??
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Maintenance is huge.... My '98 was crazy with tons of issues bought it at 34,000, sold it 6 years later at 64,000 after replacing ac compressor, condensor, broken water pump, bad plug wires, 2 sets of tires, fuse box on top of battery, coil, maf, sensors for the cooling fans, etc.

My '05 is at 107,000 - almost 100,000miles since I bought it, a totally different story. 2 cv boots, front bearings, 2 sets of tires, timing belt/water pump, plugs & wires. Plus valve body & rust repair on roof under warranty. (Now my mom's daily driver) after only 7,780 miles in 2.23 years, it has done 15-20,000 a year.

Both are 2.0 autos... My 3rd beetle is an '06 tdi with a 5 speed :)
 

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1. Get a 5 spd. Most autos have major issues. If you don't know to drive a manual, learn.
2. Find a reputable mechanic to look a prospective car over for you. This usually costs about $50-100. Well worth it.

Good luck on your search.
Cori summed it up to perfection.

Keep in mind that you're getting into a used car. Even if you get an '06, you're getting a 7-year car. Wear and tear is commonplace on every used car, and a beetle is no exception. if you approach the new beetle, knowing that you're buying a car that's without a warranty and will be in need of eventually maintenance and repair, your beetle experience will be more enjoyable.

Stay away from the auto transmission and continue to use these very forums as your technical inquiry resource. Most of us have had the issues you might face and can save you time and money.
 
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