I intend on getting one when my Rabbit is paid off. I have a 2009 Rabbit with 22000 miles on it. I am hoping to get about 10000 from a private buyer when it is paid off in about a year. That should make for a good down payment so that my monthlys aren't much higher than they are now.
Engine and software mods should be around pretty quick for this car due to the fact that is shares engine platforms with several other models. 2.5L five pot, 2.0FSI, and the 2.0TDI. I will be looking to get the FSI model. I like the five cylinder that's in the rabbit, but it seems like the aftermarket forgot all about us rabbit owners. As far as I know the only way to turbo this car is to piece it all together yourself and hope someone can tune it for you. Or call C2 motorsports and pay 5000 dollars to have a 235 HP car. I'm not ragging on C2. They had a turbo kit for this car almost as soon as it hit the market. I just don't see any stick or crank upgrades for this car yet and that is where VW locked up all the ponies. If you can make 350HP with a non-FSI 1.8T then you should be able to get at least 400 to 450HP with the 2.5. So I will just give in and convert to the FSI.
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Yep. I'm thinking Denim Blue, 2.5 gas with cloth seats. I would prefer a manual transmission. I may want retro wheels, too. I may consider the Mid-grade Beetle 2.5 IF I can still get cloth seating. I don't like leatherette. I have leatherette in my 2007 Passat and in the summertime, the seat is about 140 degrees when I first get into the car!
I'm seriously interested but I have to see it for myself. It can't feel too cramped when I sit in it and it has to be easy to get in and out without any major back twisting and dropping. A lot of the small cars seem to be made for someone small and young who can crawl and twist with a 20 something flexibility. My PT has been a good fit for the last 6 years but it's time for a new car for me.
I would like the Turbo but will probably get the 2.5 with sunroof and a high trim level.
Nice to see you over here! I'm on the org as Pushing Fifty! For whatever reason, the Tex wouldn't let me change my user name to fiftysomething when I hit the half-century mark a couple of years back. I 've also thought about waiting until there are used '12's or even 13's out there, but I don't know if I can wait that long!
I had considered getting the Beetle Turbo, but I got a killer deal on the GTI which I also really like.
2010 JSW TDI - Stock - Anthracite Goals - DSG
2011 GTI - (nav&sunroof) -APR Stage 2, APR Carbonio Stage 1&2 intake, Eurojet 3" TBE, Autotech lower mount insert, vagcom stuffs, neuspeed sts, AWE Turbo Outlet, Lamin-x, ALL of the deAutoKey LED kits, DXD Stage 2 Daily Clutch & Flywheel (highly recommend for Stage 2!)
Perhaps I'll meet you at Roswell in 2013!
On another note, and without a US "build"' configuator online yet, I'm guessing a base Beetle will be $18995 plus about $795 shipping, so that can be rounded to $19800. Then I'm guessing 90% on dealer's lots will be automatic, and I heard that this will add another $1800. (I hope that's wrong, but I'll assume it's true to be safe). Now we're up to $21600, unless I go with a stick and have it ordered. Retro steel wheels with chrome hubcaps will also probably be extra (maybe $1000?) Then, an extended warranty out to 100K miles will probably be another $2000 or so. This brings the total to $24600! I can hope this is a high estimate, but I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't. If this is the case, waiting for a manual would be well worth it. I also prefer rubber floor mats, but I'll probably get those at Auto Zone or Wal Mart.....In either case, I have a 2007 Passat that will knock this down by some 10 grand or so and I'll have saved a couple thousand more in cash, so I'm looking at maybe $275-$300 a month in payments for 5 years. I'm looking to buy one in the springtime. I'll also still keep my 2000 Cyber Green New Beetle as well.
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A post-script here......Financially, it would make far more sense for me to simply trade my Passat in for a late-model used New Beetle of about 2008-2009 vintage. Even with still having a $3400 lien, I could get into a $14000 NB right now for about $275/month for 2 years as oppsed to 5.
But....As soon as I saw a 2012 Beetle going down the road, I'd likely kick myself!
Yea true I was gonna order one, cause I wanted to be the first wig one, but I have the convertible now and rumor has it the convertible is being released next spring. I know if I get the hard top and them see the convertible being advertised 6 months later, I'm gonna be pissed. So I'm waiting for the vert and saving as much money as I can to have a nice down payment
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Depending on the dealer mark-up, after seeing the room inside and features in person, I might get a base or a 2.5 with sunroof.
I'd like either denim blue or candy white with manual.
But considering what it is, and that it's coming out in September, it's likely that I'll be lucky to get one at MSRP and with the things I want. I might just end up getting a Golf instead.
Yes, if dealers try to rape us as they did when the first NB came out in 1998, I'll definitely go the late-model used route with a NB from the late 2000s. I also like the 2011 Golf. I saw a Candy White one with a stick for $19,4xxx.
When the first water-cooled Beetles came out, the average markup around here was about $4000!
Beetle 2.5 and Beetle 2.5 with sunroof both have the base 'Turbine' wheels. If I've read correctly, the 'spoked' sections are removeable, and the slots are behind that. So, you can just remove the spokes and have the retro wheels for no extra charge. There will be a chrome trim ring sold as an accessory, and it won't cost much.
The Disc wheels have a hubcap insert but it is still an alloy spoke wheel.
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THIS POST from Jamie. He also stated in another thread that VW dealers are going to offer various trim rings and inserts so you can quickly and cheaply change the look of the base wheels.
Also READ THIS post from Jamie.
Of course, things change with VWUS all the time, so who knows. But the "Der Prospekt" PDF of the Beetle brochure also shows the 'turbine' wheels as the base wheels for the Beetle, and that 'Heritage' wheels are available.
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