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Hey everyone! I'm a recent college grad who's looking for a used VW Beetle. I've just started my search, and I'm trying to figure out what the best model would be. Any input would be appreciated. :)
 

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2002 - 2004 Turbo S.
definitely, 02-04 Turbo S.
and learn to drive a manual, a 6 speed.

after 2 turbo GLX beetles, my 02 S model is SWEET!
all have issues, but this forum is GREAT!
and online aftermarket for these models is super, and
affordable.

Sully
 

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2006 - 2010. It's got a 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine and a timing chain versus belt on previous models. I've got a 2010 and love it! Previously I had a 2008 for 7 years and never had a problem with it.
 

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I'm pretty sure the cheapest to maintain and most bulletproof way to get a New Beetle is a 2.0 with manual. I have a 99' 2.0 manual with 165,000 miles and its a pretty reliable car. I've had it for about 20,000 miles and I've had to replace the alternator, coolant flange, spark plugs, spark plug wires, coil pack, door latches, speakers, and crankshaft position sensor. To me, that's pretty good for a 17 year old car with nearly 170k miles. All those parts were originals, my aunt owned it before me (since 2008) and kind of neglected it. Its been a great car though, and I would gladly buy another one! I would avoid an automatic New Beetle
 

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My recommendations are:
2008-2010 New Beetle almost bullet proof 2.5L i5 with 150hp engine best of the automatic transmissions in the New Beetle line.
2006-2007 i5 had an issue with the timing chain tensioners.
2001-2005 New Beetle with a manual gear box and a 2.0L 115hp engine super reliable *Requires timing belt and water pump service at regular intervals*
1998-2000 Beetles tend to have more electrical gremlins than later models, they are VW so expect some electrical issues.
Stay away from the 150hp 1.8T in the New Beetle model unless you are meticulous with regular maintenance.
I'm not a diesel owner thus I have no experience with the TDI to make an honest recommendation.
 

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My recommendations are:
2008-2010 New Beetle almost bullet proof 2.5L i5 with 150hp engine best of the automatic transmissions in the New Beetle line.
2006-2007 i5 had an issue with the timing chain tensioners.
2001-2005 New Beetle with a manual gear box and a 2.0L 115hp engine super reliable Requires timing belt and water pump service at regular intervals
1998-2000 Beetles tend to have more electrical gremlins than later models, they are VW so expect some electrical issues.
Stay away from the 150hp 1.8T in the New Beetle model unless you are meticulous with regular maintenance.
I'm not a diesel owner thus I have no experience with the TDI to make an honest recommendation.
Thank you from 6 years into the future!! This helped me find my daughters car so thank you 🙏
 
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