There is also the  position on the automatic side. Sportier pattern with no shifting! Of course the mileage will go down.
Having grown up, street racing, back when cars were fast, and there wasn't much chance of getting caught if they couldn't catch you, I learned quickly that the right A/T can trump a stick any day. Had a 389 Pontiac with a three speed Hydramatic that Pontiac actually used in their racing divison, and a 426 Buick with a two speed Dynaflow, that contrary to what the book said about needing to shift out of 1st at about 50, I could run to 80 without loosing power and needing to shift. Wasn't a Chevy 396 Hurst or an Olds 442 Hurst around that could touch either one of them. The good 'ole days!
Also don't believe they necessarily get worse gas mileage.
Been calculating mine since I got the car. My normal commute is backroads/highway/some city. Then of course running around town and whatnot. I've gotten 27mpg literally every time, except once I got 28mpg when I drove to the beach. Once I got 26mpg when I drove with a heavy foot
I do a mix of city and highway driving as my job calls for me to drive all over the place regularly. I have an '06 with an automatic. I generally leave it in drive the whole time, rarely using the Tiptronic or Sport mode. I consistently get 27 mpg overall.
BTW, we bought our Beetle brand new five years ago and have had no repairs other than replacing tires and battery. I am about to hit 70,000 miles and it runs like it did when it was new. Just wanted to give a shout out to its dependability.:clap:
I have a 2009 S automatic that I generally get 27-28 mpg here locally with not many hills to speak of. My best gas mileage was on my way to the TOD 2011 get together earlier this year and I got an amazing 34.88 mpg with one tank on the way down and 34.4 mpg on another tank on the way back. I thought for sure I blew the calculation on the first tank but that one on the way back confirmed the first. On a trip to Pa a couple weekends ago I got 31.2. They are the exception though.
I'm interested in a '06 NB 2.5. Does anyone know if this is a version on the 5 cyl. engine that VW and Audi used in their autos in the 80's?
I had a 5 cly. engine in my 1984 Audi 5000 S and in my 1985 VW Quantum. Both were fantastic engines. Good on gas and plenty of torque.
I have a 2006 2.5L New Beetle and today the cooling fan seems to be a lot louder, first time I've noticed it. I've had the car for two years. The car has never overheated for the time I've had it. My online searches have ranged from its normal to it needs to be replaced. What are your thoughts...
My wife's 2010 new beetle has stalling issues .. I did the cam sesor and crank sensor and was going to change fuel filter .. can't find one. (called the dealer they said it doesnt have one .. after i bought 2 different ones) the new fuel pump was ONLY $410 WHOLESALE. ($983 at the dealer...