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post #1 of 7 Old Jul 25th, 2007, 12:51 pm Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of making a car purchase, a VW beetle (GLX). Has anyone out there got any in-put? This is a 2000 model and will be used as work style vehicle. I drive the LT when I can but there are some days I need a car. (a few). Many thanks in advance for the assistance.

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post #2 of 7 Old Jul 25th, 2007, 2:09 pm
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My mom bought one in 2000, it's been a solid car except for the last year when maintenance issues you'd expect for a 7-year old car with about 70,000 miles have cost her about $3,000 in repair bills (tires, timing belt, radiator--Chicago car, brakes, etc.).

I've been impressed with the thing, the styling isn't for me though it does tickle the fancy of lots of folks.

Just make sure you take it to a qualified mechanic, check out the high-dollar maintenance/service items that may be due (because parts for VW's are pricey, not BMW pricey, but not GM cheap).

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My mom bought one in 2000, it's been a solid car except for the last year when maintenance issues you'd expect for a 7-year old car with about 70,000 miles have cost her about $3,000 in repair bills (tires, timing belt, radiator--Chicago car, brakes, etc.).

I've been impressed with the thing, the styling isn't for me though it does tickle the fancy of lots of folks.
My gut tells me that the timing belt was the major portion of that bill. The 'older' engines have a requirement to change the TB every 60000 miles. Once you get that out of the way you should have a pretty foolproof car. I love my Golf TDI, which is basically the same car, just with a different chassis. Not driving it as much these days, but you can't beat 42-45mpg (city traffic)

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thanks guys, the timing belt is a real concern. so, the jury is still out on this issue. I'm meeting the owner this afternoon and ya'll have given me some good questions to ask. Again tk's, you can always count on this group to give the right information. When it is needed. "Enjoy the ride today because you might not be able to ride tomorrow".

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I have had two VW's and the timing belt is a must do. Both were really fun cars to drive adn had no problems.

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