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1999 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

Volkswagen revved up the power of the 1999 Beetle by introducing a 1.8-liter, 150-hp turbocharged engine, which joined the two other engine options -- a 2.0-liter, 115-hp gas engine or a 1.9-liter, 90-hp turbodiesel. The new turbocharged Beetle, called the 1.8T Turbo, was distinguished by a neat little spoiler that automatically emerged on the car's rear as speed was increased. Anti-lock brakes were also added as standard equipment.

Other standard features included power steering, power brakes, power windows and door locks, power heated mirrors, front and side airbags, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, and an anti-theft alarm system. A five-speed manual transmission was standard while a four-speed automatic was available as an option. In addition, features such as leather seats and a sunroof were available as options on most versions of the '99 Beetle, and as standard equipment on higher-end trims such as the GLX 1.8T Turbo.

Overall, drivers were very happy with the New Beetle, finding positive points in its handling, uniqueness, gas economy, and even its roominess (for a small car). Most were happy with the engine and transmission, though some drivers noted they had problems with the powerplant, and a few had to replace the engine. Others noted that a number of minor parts had to be replaced, and some were frustrated with the layout of some of the interior appointments. It's clear that while the car turns heads, it's not intended for everyone.


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Overheating 99 Vw Beetle

Water boils out of the overflow after just a few minutes. Changed overflow tank cap, water pump, thermostat, temp sensor. Cleaned return line, it was clogged. Flushed radiator 2xs and still have t...

Vw Bug Won't Start

battery died, took it out, got a brand new one, put it in & when I opened the door to get in & start it, the horn honked twice & I got nothing. Won't start. Acts like battery is dead, no power to an...

Just Got A 99 Vw Bug With 2.0 Engine. I Need To Replace The Water Pump, I ...

replacing water pump, I have to remove timing belt, but do I have to get #1 cylinder to top dead center if the pulleys are'nt moved? serpentine belt and 2 timing belt covers are off, timing belt is...

1999 VW Beetle Randomly Stops Running

My vw beelte will randomly shut off and will not turn over. Once I was at a light, in neutral, and my car turned off. The lights on the dashboard all turned on, and i trying to start the car but it...

Volkswagen Beetle Will Only Start One Time After Battery Replacement

I replaced the battery on my 99 beetle and it started right up , but after I turned it off and went to restart it won't even crank ... all I can hear is the fuel pump priming . to get it to start ag...