The Cars

2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2 Door Hatchback


2000 VW New BeetleWe purchased this as a second car that I briefly used for my commutes while Winnie got to drive the Rodeo. It was a cute little car that was surprisingly roomy and very maneuverable. With a five speed manual transmission it got great mileage, but a stick shift in stop-and-go traffic proved irritating. Once Winnie learned to drive a stick, this became her car as it proved too impractical for car pooling, which was my normal commuting mode at the time.

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2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2 Door Hatchback
Purchased: – From private party, September 2007, Woodbridge, Virginia, about 96,000 miles
– Traded in for 2009 Nissan Versa
Features: – Silver with black interior
– 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder Engine
– 5 speed manual transmission
– Front Wheel Drive
– Power Door Locks, Remote operator
– Air Conditioning
– AM/FM Cassette w/ 6 CD Changer
– Front airbags
– Fold down rear seat for extra rear cargo space
– Headlamps are always on in a “Running Light” mode
– Has cute dash-mounted flower vase. Winnie thoughtfully added yellow silk sunflowers as her custom option.
Major Repairs: – Had the brakes rebuilt right after purchasing the car.
– Replaced the water pump, which included replacement of the timing belt.
– Replaced the sensor for the driver’s seat airbag.
Comments: A fun car to drive and had a lot more interior space that it would have seemed. It felt good to drive a stick shift again.
External Reference: Wikipedia Entry for Volkswagan New Beetle

Second shot of the Beetle the day I brought her home. I didn’t get to own an original Beetle back in the 1970’s and early 80’s, although I did get to drive them on occasion. This little car has a lot of the charm of the original models but with some much needed creature comforts included. Like Air Conditioning and a decent stereo.

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2000 VW New Beetle Photo of this fun little car right after bringing her home.


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    Yikes, trying to comment and somehow ended up in your WordPress control panel. That was weird!

    So anyway, found someone that’s owned a few cars like me,although I have ya beat by around 20 LOL.

    Read most of your R. Garwood story. Geez that sucks.

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