I am exstatic! I just found out that VW USA has extended their Emmissions Warranty of their Catalytic Converters for some 1999 - 2001 vehicles. This includes our beloved Beetles. The original emmissions warranty was 8 yrs or 80,000mi. I just did a bit of research tonight and found out that VW has extended that warranty to 10 years or 120,000mi, whitchever comes first. For more info, check out the web-site: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/cert/recall/vw2.htm
I spent too many months either trying to come up with the money or find another cheaper way to fix the problem, now, VW has given me the best way out.
I wish the best to all of you in California!