It seems all I ever see on this page is this broke and that broke. Well I just thought I would say that I love my "mean green" bug.
Hey now... don't get people wrong. You have to keep in mind that a lot of the people posting problems are new owners of OLD cars that likely had issues when they bought it. However, just because many people post about their car's breaking down, it doesn't mean that they don't love them.
My Bug didn't run for almost 1.5 years.... but I still loved it. I pained me and broke my heart to watch it finally drive away from my 9 year ownership on the back of a trailer.
Another thing to consider if you're new to watercooled VWs, the early years of the Mk4 platform weren't the most... shall we say... reliable of the watercooled clan.
Regardless... I miss my bug! ...and cheers to you for your Mean Green pride!
My '99 was dead reliable. 2.0 5-speed. Great little car. Had her for 6 1/2 years. She was killed off by a Prius after 6 1/2 years of ownership last August But I never had any major problems. The thing about VWs is that you really do have to keep up on maintenance. She was just shy of 102k but was maintained well. Only time she really "broke down" that wasn't my fault (I take responsibility for the busted oil pan) was when the shift linkage carrier broke, leaving me with 3rd and 4th only. But otherwise, that was it. And she did a dang good job at protecting me in the accident. I miss her dearly, but I'm a VW lover so I have a GTI now. 3 VWs in the driveway at home in total too
I should have clarified in my post... I believe most Mk4 cars are reliable.... but compared to other generations, the Mk4 didn't prove to be as reliable as other generations.
Mine was pretty much killed off by me beating the hell out of it racing in all types of events (one incident even included blowing a rear tire off the wheel in a turn during a rally-cross event). Good times... still finished the course and got 3rd place on 3 wheels.
I also had a handful of wrecks in my beloved "BattleBug".... in one accident (totally my fault... fell asleep at the wheel) I plowed into the back of a Buick Park Avenue. My BattleBug just had a bent radiator support, scratched up bumper, cracked headlight and slightly bent hood... but the Buick Park Ave was TOTALED! I was shocked that a NB could inflict such damage, yet come out fairly clean in a 30mph rear-ending accident (the Buick was at a dead stop).
Yeah my accident was almost a head-on. Girl crossed two lanes of traffic (was going the other direction) and came into my lane. I swerved, which is what kept it from being a head-on, but she hit at the drivers wheel and basically all down the drivers side. Both airbags deployed, frame bent, suspension damage (drivers axle wasn't connected to the trans anymore)...just not pretty. But inside the car, other than the busted window and airbags, you wouldn't know anything happened. Door card was perfectly straight and everything, despite the outside of the door being so wrecked you could see the support bar clearly in the center of it! All my injuries were from the airbag.
My parents got me that car after they saw a 'vert that had been flipped and all 4 (yes 4!) passengers walked away. These are crazy safe cars. Unfortunately mine just had too much damage to fix. But I've always loved VWs...just made me want another that much more. Taking a break from the NB right now...the GTI is awesome though. And now I also have curtain airbags so even safer
We have over 325,000 miles on ours and we are HARD on it! it is a TDI. I bet the other mention here is also a TDI.
And I love the bug too. It's a great car that takes my Wife and I to the most interesting places:
Lifted 1998 VW New Beetle TDI Having Fun Video Playlist
Yep... I bitch about mine everyday since new in '01.
Hit 200k mark a little over a month ago... http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...000-miles-club...