Question Asked: Reverse problem with gas smell
December 22, 2010, 08:54 AM
I've been having problems with my car going into reverse. It is an automatic. I will put it in reverse and have to wait a few minutes for it to start to reverse. It seems that the problem has gotten progressively worse as I have to wait longer and longer. I've noticed lately there is also strong gas smell when this happens. This is usually only a problem on cool days when I first start the car that morning. After it has been driven or warmed up, it seems to work okay. Any ideas on what the problem might be? Should I be saving up for a new transmission? :-(
Question Asked: How many miles can I expect out of my Beetle?
June 09, 2010, 11:14 AM
I've taken good care of my Beetle, done all scheduled maintenance, oil changes, etc. It has had a ton of maintenance over the years and is getting close to 100K. Considering the problems I have had, I am thinking about getting another car, but most of the times the cheapest car you can get is the one you got...so I was wondering what mileage VW Beetles usually get up to without extensive cost prohibitive repairs.
Car Review: 2001 Volkswagen Beetle
December 22, 2010, 09:00 AM
I bought a 2001 VW Beetle with 9K miles on it. I've had it for years and it has over 100K miles now. I love the way it drives when it is working, but the Turbo has been a problem over the years. There has been lots of money spent in repairs and unfortunately I can't say I would buy another one. I'm on a first name basis with my mechanic and his dog, so if you can stand the trips to the repair shop every 3 months, it is a fun car to own and drive. But if you are looking for something more reliable, I can't suggest the Beetle. I have one with a sunroof and it has leaked and caused a lot of interior damage as well. So if you do choose a Beetle, make sure you demand they check the sunroof at each maintenance scheduled.