Should I buy a 2013 VW Beetle ?
I’m 25 year old female from uk. I Don’t know much about cars but thinking about buying a white VW beetle for around £7500
What do you think, is it worth it? Are these good cars? Anything I should know about the cars?
- FLv 62 months ago
The fact that the main thing you tell us , is it’s white, tells me you need to take someone who knows about cars with you.
This is the third generation Beetle produced from 2012-19, and is based on a Golf.
Forget all the “ buy a Toyota..” answers , leave that to the beige brigade . VW are pretty reliable with either a 1.2/1.4 petrol or 1.6 / 2.0 diesel (UK, other markets may vary).
I would go for the 140bhp 2.0 TDi which is a great combination of performance and economy. Sure -VW fiddled the official mpg figures and you won’t get 65mpg, but you’ll get 50+ without trying or doddering round at 40 mph with a huge queue behind you.
However at £7500, a 2.0 TDi might be high mileage, so you might have to settle for a 1.6 or a petrol model.
I wouldn’t get one without a service history.
- Robert MLv 72 months ago
YES< but there are RULES to follow! Use ONLY ENGIEN OIL that had the VW spec numbers 502/505 ON THER LABEL! I prefer PENNZOIL EURO or PLATINUM cuz it gives a 5600,.000 mile extended warranty ont he ENGINE for you! It is NOT m ade from VRUDE OIL< it is made from NATURAL GAS CHANGE THE FUEL FITLER? FUEL PRESSURE REGULATOR And the CABIN AIR FILTER! most people don't KNOW there is one! It cleans the AIR coming in the car and STOPS viruses, bacteria, and ALLERGENS from getting inside the cabin! Have the TRANS FLUID and FILTER CHANGED!A It is a ZF German tranny that can last to 500,000 miles, but ONLY if you get FLUID CHANGES every 100,000 ,il;ers. The BRAKES typically last for 100,000 miles as well! Use ONLY GENUIIONE pentosin fluids POWER FLUSH the BRAKE FLUID when it is DARK BROWNUISH! This wil protect the MASTR CYLINDER And CAL:IPERS from unusual wear and tear! Use ONLY FUEL SAVING TIRES from MICHELIN< CONTINENTAL< or YOKOHAMA. These cars have PLASTIC body parts over a TESTED SAFETY CELL! They are GREAT iun crash tests. WISH they were QUATTRO AWD< but they are onoy FRONT WHEEL DRIVE cars! itend to FAVOR the AUD QUTRRO which is a ASISTER to VE cars! It is the LUXURY versuion of VE>L like LECUS is for TYOOTA, and ACURA is for HONDA! etc. Kep engine bay CLEAN by washing the engine bat eery few noths with GUNJK ORAONGE ORIGINAL engein cleaner! This protects BELAT and HOSES from EXTERIOR rotiing! Use ONLY genuine VE COOLANT and STERRING fluid! NOT AFTER NARKET and NEVER EVER use VALVOLINE uin there! IT wil ROT gaskets and RUBBER parts in time! GOOD LUCK and HAPPY DRIVING!
- Anonymous2 months ago
You are going by name recognition and history.
VW used to be a TANK/Truck/Jeep/Car. You could drive the psss out of it and it wanted more. That was the air cooled rear engine "Type 1". The people nicknamed it the Beetle, the Bug
. The New Beetle is now called that by the manufacturer. The New Beetle looks more like a roller skate. It is a Beetle like body put on a Rabbit chassis for the FWD water cooled front engined cars.
. The Rabbit when it first came out suffered from many problems, mostly ELECTRICAL. For years.
. VW is living off its "past reputation", not of the present lower quality vehicles they produce. So the price is HIGHER with less features than you would get in an Asian car such as a Honda or Toyota (both cars are rated #1 in quality& reliability)....which is a direct competitor to VW.
. The Asian cars are in higher demand because they are reliable and got more features for LESS MONEY than VW. Because of this and I drove the older Beetles for 20 years - I switched over to Asian Honda. The Asians know how to build a decent automatic transmission. VW still can't do it. So, unless you drive manual transmission, you should go with any Asian maker. There is a good dozen of them. I bet they all will be cheaper than VW. If you can try to buy private. I have always been lucky with private as the cars are used so are less money than on a USED CAR LOT(they automatically stuff on another thousand dollars and that is because they are selling it. They can't offer any extended warranty (as that is from the manufacturer.)
. Understand I drove a VW (various models) for 20 years. Now that I needed another car as my other one died(a VW) I slowed down and TOOK A LOOK AT WHAT I was getting for my money. The Asian cars gave more in add on features and just as good if not better warranty and better fuel economy FOR A LOWER PRICE THAN HERR VW. The New Beetle was not the old beetle...it was a different animal. So I looked at the reliability of the Asian cars and saw they were up to par with VW.
Thinking about it, I hardly see a VW anymore. They are not as obvious because their body style is not much different from Asian designs.
- River EuphratesLv 72 months ago
Entirely up to you - every used car is a crap-shoot depending on how well (or poorly) they were maintained and driven.
I generally suggest taking any potential purchase to a mechanic to have them give it a once-over (call around and get quotes). It's not a guarantee, but they may catch some big $$ items or other red flags.
If the seller is unwilling to let you take it to a mechanic prior to purchase, then walk away. Good luck!
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- thebax2006Lv 72 months ago
Every mechanic I know hates the modern VW Beetle. I was a VW apprentice back in 1970 and love the older air cooled Beetles but would not buy the newer water cooled version of the Beetle. Buy an Asian car if you want reliable transportation that won't break the bank.
- BarryLv 62 months ago
Have a careful read through the link. Test drive the car and try hard to find faults. If it drives OK it's probably fine. VW have always built good cars.
- AntonLv 62 months ago
Good car. 8 Years old. You have 7 years more before the plastic starts breaking.
- Old Man DirtLv 72 months ago
In the USA these are considered "problem cars". Electrical problems are number one. Mainly headlights that have to be thumped on to get then to come on. Seems they used lighting by Lucas (prince of darkness). Being you are in the UK which built a lot of cars with this type of problem- you should feel right at home.
- jimanddottaylorLv 72 months ago
I understand that they are average to better than average cars. I have heard of a few electrical problems but nothing that you should lose sleep about.
Without knowing the model, or options , or mileage the price sounds a little high. Try to talk them down to about 5000 pounds.
- 2 months ago
They are really good cars. I like them because they are good on petrol, so you won't be at the petrol station as much. I would buy one if I was you.