2001 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

2001 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"small space" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"quality" 2 reviews

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swessels writes:
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T Review
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4

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Beautiful and still a joy to drive after 140,000 miles.

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Engine had an oil problem in head twice.  Repaired first time under warranty @ 80,000 miles.  Second failure happened around 110,000 miles and I had to pay for it.  Still seemed that the VW service weaseled their way out of it.

swessels
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Fun To Drive And Own. Some Issues. — I think the car is typical of a German performance oriented car. This is the New Beetle Sport from 2001; it has Recaro-style sport seats, high performance wheels and tires, a turbo engine. Runs and drives great. The car is beautiful and I still get compliments. Some annoying interior trim issues continue but I'm okay with it. Biggest issue was the engine needing to be repaired twice. Evidently there's an issue with the oil gasket in the head that can fail causing the an expensive repair. First repair was under warranty; second one was not. Really disappointed with the VW service because they opted not to cover the second time it failed and tried to tell me it was because I could not PROVE that I always used the proper oil type. Nonsense. I love German cars because they are excellent driver's cars. However my wife is now soured on the experience and we will not buy a VW again.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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AWitcher writes:
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3

Pros

Can't beat a VW interior
Stylish Design
Power
Smelled Like Crayons

Cons

Constant Maintenance
VW mechanics knew me by my first name
Closest VW mechanic was 45 minutes away
Not great fuel economy
Radio not great
Not reliable

AWitcher
65

Don't Let The Looks Fool You... — I am a fan of VW's... however, my 2001 VW Beetle was a money pit. No one ever wanted to work on it. The only people who would work on it was at VW dealerships and I paid dearly for the parts and labor. It handled well in the snow and sleet. It was great in fact. The design was beautiful and as I stated before, no one beats a VW's interior design or attention to detail. If only they had done the same with the fuel economy or reliability, I would still be in a VW now instead of another car. Everyone always thinks your gas mileage is great, and it really wasn't that great. Not on the turbo anyway. Turbo had many sets of problems also. Maintenance costs are excessive, so please keep that in mind before purchasing a VW.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lester writes:
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 Review
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5

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A fun car to look at.

Cons

Quality became an issue.

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Our New Beetle. — The car was a VW Jetta under the skin. The 2.0 liter four was kinda thrashy, but not too bad. The mileage was pretty good, but not great. You sit way back in the body, so it took a little getting used to driving it. Comfortable over long distances.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDi Review
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5

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Great mileage & daily commute car.  Vast interior room, great handling on ice, cute as a button!

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Expensive to maintain, the GLS sport suspension is way to low and results in undercarriage work & short (45 aspect ratio) tires break belts often.

cartersfarm
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Great Daily Commute W/ Mileage Galore! — I purchased this as a daily commute car and have driven it around the country and 100+ miles a day since 2003. It is the ideal car for this type of commute/long haul with the TDI Diesel engine and is VERY comfortable. Unfortunately I purchased it without understanding that the GLS body type had unusually low ground clearance and very short tires (45 aspect ratio) both of which are the only complications when on the open road. Lastly, repairs are very expensive ($1,500 for an alternator!) but offset by the 52+ MPG I routinely get...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nataliekhelms writes:
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T Review
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5

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The many luxuries and it's speed!

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Not much room in the back seat.

Nataliekhelms
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Fast N Cute — I love this car because it is a 5-speed and tons of fun to drive! Only downside is the limited space in the back seats. Other than that, a VW bug is a wonderful car that I would recommend to anyone!

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

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Tanner writes:
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T Review
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Quick...

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Not cool, not fun, looks crappy, feels crappy.

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Vw — Surprisingly quick. But I still think it's a crappy VW. Too many problems, too expensive, why pay? It's a chick car. The dashboard went on for miles. And why do all vws it smell like crayons? weird huh? I think it could be a lot better, go old school!

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Jasmine writes:
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fun, cute

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maintenance is expensive

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This Is A Cute Car, But Once The Honeymoon Effect Wears Off, It's Not Such A Great Car — Performance: it was fun to drive and fairly fast Build Quality: it needed a LOT of repairs after 100,000 miles. engine broke, etc Appearance: it was cute for a highschool to early college girl Cost of ownership: maintenance was fairly expensive, but it got around 25-30 mpg fun factor: I enjoyed using the car for a while

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Will writes:
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 Review
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quick

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weak

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Fun To Have — The car was great with acceleration and braking. It didn't need much work, just a chip in the engine and some work to the fuel injection. I had a ton of fun it but was a little too into racing and ended up crashing it.

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

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amazing brakes, amazing handling, handles accidents amazingly, good gas mileage

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not very fast

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Good First Car — not very fast...but the gas milage is good...its like driving a bubble and there isn't much foot room in the backseat if someone tall is in the front...not fun to make out in..very compact... but its cute!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jesstos writes:
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gas mileage

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fell apart

jesstos
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Good For A While — AWESOME, PERFECT for the first few years, fell apart way too quickly. Great gas mileage. I'm sad to get rid of her but she is in the shop too often, and very few mechanics know how to work on volkswagens.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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