1999 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

1999 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 12 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"stickshift" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews
"design" 2 reviews
"light" 2 reviews

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joeastrue writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GLS Hatchback Review
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Very sporty handling and details: Power moon roof and CD changer make it an even more enjoyable ride. Decent gas mileage from the 2.0L 4-cylinder. Access in and out of the back seat is good.

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Plastic controls are not really good durable designs (esp. HVAC vents and power window switches).  Car not designed for user-friendly do-it-yourself kind of maintenance, and dealers are RIDICULOUSLY expensive.  Hatchback door light often comes on even when it is closed.  Fuel door sticks in closed position.  Not enough shared maintenance information available from mechanics and fellow owners on the Internet.

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Sporty, But Not Maintenance-free — Bought this used six months ago with ~90K miles for our teenage daughter to drive, but dad has to drive it sometimes, too. Acceleration, braking, and handling are very sporty, more so than expected. When we brought it home, it already needed a headlamp replacement, and steps/photos on the web were really helpful, but people need to know the parts that slide do get stuck and getting the assembly back in can require numerous attempts before you get it right. Then a brake cylinder failed on one of the wheels. Check Engine light came on and VW dealer said it would be $110 just to hook it up to their computer to diagnose the code- that is something the owner should be able to do for free! He did disclose that most of the codes are for emissions-related reasons, so discovery that the daughter had left the gas cap behind at her last refueling stop meant we fixed the problem for $6. But you have to know that a missing gas cap will alter the vacuum pressure throughout the fuel system, the engine compression, and finally the emissions to realize that. And it takes 5-10 times of starting and running the vehicle before the light goes off. Now it's making an ominous rattle every time it starts, so we're back in diagnostic mode, hoping to figure it out before something else fails. In summary, it's a very fun car to drive, but not exactly reliable, built to last or simple to maintain yourself.

Owner for 0 years, 6 months

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Kat writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GLS Hatchback Review
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Good gas milage, fun to drive, pretty reliable

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cannot take aftermarket parts, so expensive to fix and bad design so its always hard to fix

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I Love This Litle Car Even Though Everyone Makes Fun Of Me For Driving It! — It's a great little car for someone who drives by themselves a lot. Overall preformance is pretty good. Handles well, has pretty good pick up and stops on a dime. Bad part is everything is computeried so when it breaks, it's usually hard to fix and expensive. The overall design of the engine sucks. Nothing on the car is easy to get to.

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momscookin writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GLS Hatchback Review
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Great gas mileage

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Way too low to the ground

momscookin
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Great, Sporty Fun Little Car — Got this little bug used, but shes a great running little car. Nifty sports package, dual exhaust, rear spoiler, the works. Yummy bright green exterior, you can see her coming for miles

Owner for 0 years, 4 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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caseytwss writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GL Hatchback Review
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4

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this car is super fun to drive, the brakes are smooth and easy, comfortable, and it looks great! I really enjoy having a big dashboard so i can put my legs up on long road trips and relax, and the gas mileage is decent. averages about 22 mpg in the small town i live in which isn't bad compared to my last car.

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i've owned 2 1999 vw beetles in 2 years and they have both had defective airbags. i got into an accident with the first bug and the airbags went off, but didn't inflate (useless). the bug i own now has had the airbag light on since i bought it. The ABS light is ALWAYS on, even though i got new brakes. cup holders could be a deal breaker for some, they are extremely short and won't fit most drinks, so i usually use the one  in the back seat. they also constantly fall out/get stuck to the drink when you take it out. the radio on both of my bugs SUCKED. just leaving it at that. oh, and the blind spots are a pain...but you get used to it.

caseytwss
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Despite The Cons, This Is A Good Car — I would reccommend this as a first car, or if you're commuting it's great too. It comes with some small problems, but nothing too big..it's a very nice looking car with a spiffy interior that looks very futuristic for its age. despite the cons, i love my vw beetle and I will always be a customer of volkswagen.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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greburn writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GL Hatchback Review
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Love the power and size

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You need to add oil frequently

greburn
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Little Blue Bug — Bought for my daughter in hopes she would learn to drive a 5 spd. She learned but prefers an automatic. Runs great and is fun. Perfect for a new driver or someone who parks in the city frequently or to drive to and from work.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Crystal writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GLX 1.8T Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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Power

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Big tires are expensive to replace

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My Buggy — What can I say? I love my car! I think that I have surprised MANY drivers on the 401 when I zoom by them pushing 200km/h, great car, lots of power...just wish it wasn't automatic. And of course, my 1972 was cooler. I love my heated seats and mirrors, I have 276 000 km's and the only thing I have replaced is a tie rod and the battery and brakes.

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vwgooroo writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GLS Hatchback Review
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4

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I like vw beetles have driven then most of my life. lost of stories!!!

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until you learn about them(working on) it can be frustrating

vwgooroo
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Very Impressed — I have to say there are blind spots, like the A piller area. The window track cables often break. The most often thing is the air bag system,wire breaks under seat to the seatbelt buckle,fault light then on. This problem with the air bag system I feel should be recalled by manufacture as it has happened on five beetles that I have owned.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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lovebuug writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Hatchback Review
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3

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Cute car, fun to drive, great community of owners!

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Not so good on gas (maybe its the way I drive?), multiple trips to mechanic, poor shifting.

lovebuug
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Cute To Drive/own But Maybe Not Too Reliable. — I always wanted a beetle, and I was so happy when I got one for my 18th b-day! I love the style but with all the mechanic trips I'm wondering if it's worth it to keep it, or sell. Not to reliable if you ask me. Update 11/2/2013: I was having trouble for about a year with the car dying unexpectedly, finally someone said replace the ignition switch, and BAM the car works fine now. I will say however, the car is still very bad on gas, not too good for a smaller car... Overall, maybe 4/5 stars since the car has been fixed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nicholas writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GL Hatchback Review
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Fun little looks good .

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repairs lots of it was a lemon

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Costly Very Costly — Sold it it had alot of repairs that cost a whole lot of money could not afford to run it ,it is very expencive to fix. i loved the car but it needs to be better built . Appearance was good Gas milage great ,fun to drive .

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tyler writes:
1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Hatchback Review
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its blue...and its a bug

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small

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Bug Review — * Performance - It moves * Build Quality - Clutch is a little tricky. going out in first gear * Appearance - beautiful can say much else! * Cost of Ownership - got the thing for free.. great gas milage * Fun Factor -fun fun fun can say much else

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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