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VW Beetle 2012+ Discussion area for the 2012+ Beetle TDI (sometimes call the New New Beetle) based on the PQ35 platform.

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Old December 31st, 2018, 05:52   #16
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I bought my wife a 2013 TDI Beetle convertible in denim blue with a black top back in July. It was a one owner buyback vehicle that they did the fix on and re-sold to me. It has the DSG tranny in it and is a blast to drive with the top down.

I have noticed a little stutter from time to time when you take off from a dead stop. Almost like it doesn't want to take off right away. I had it into the dealer and they told me they cannot duplicate the problem (go figure), but it only does it maybe once every 2000 miles or so. I will keep an eye on it, because the car is a CPO and has a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty.
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Old July 25th, 2020, 14:38   #17
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We just bought a '15 TDI Beetle Convertible with DSG on 5/30/2020 from a dealer.
The combination of low (32k) miles, CPO 2 year unlimited miles warranty, 0% financing for 5 years, getting the EA288 engine, the emissions warranty and what we thought was a good price was hard to pass up. The DSG's sport mode with this engine is pretty fun on curvy roads around here, don't miss the clutch too much. Plus it gives us another reason to keep our '03 NB 5 speed around.

No nav or premium sound, no PDC, the OE rear view camera hasn't been of too much use.
Seeing up to 50mpg on freeway use, but 30mpg around town.

My wife works nights and uses it to commute, then I use it as a kid taxi during the day whenever possible, gotta take advantage of that CPO warranty!
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Old July 29th, 2020, 13:35   #18
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As mentioned earlier, I bought my wife a 2013 highline beetle TDI . unfortunately not sure why it doesn't have the paddles ? her Smart cabrio had them for god's sake lol Also have fabric seats although well bolstered not the leather that I see in some highline Beetles. Did have ( professionally ) a Pioneer Nex head with backup and marine amp -standard one in car was toast by rust Fender stereo sounds very nice however I don't get to drive it see above - lol
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Old July 29th, 2020, 14:15   #19
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We're enjoying ours, but I feel like there's lots of oddities about our 2015 that just point to VW not really caring about customer expectations.

We do have the paddle shifters, but find the DSG's "sport" mode more useful. (the stock DSG programming has bordered on dangerous in some situations where immediate power is called for, there's just too much lag)

The lack of USB ports is annoying, coupled with the need for a proprietary cable adapter for a wired connection to the head unit. The Bluetooth connectivity has been flawless and the sound quality acceptable.

Still, not being able to plug/play a higher line OE head unit that was available in 2015, let alone one from a newer year to gain features like CarPlay just defies logic.

I understand ours is the first year to get a Rear View Camera, but then not even Park Distance Control(let alone Optical) is included? Add to that it's an inferior RGB camera that's barely usable. Even our 2016 Chevrolet crew cab pick-up, that's mid-line or lower has these features.

I might look into a license plate frame replacement that incorporates into a rear view mirror(or mobile device, is more likely). I'm generally an old school guy not caring for that stuff but I drive around town shuttling kids all day, up to 65 miles/day. I navigate a lot of parking lots that have kids of all ages running around, with parking spots not meant to be backed into. So those features really come in handy, especially in a car with limited rear visibility.

Ours came with vinyl upholstery, haven't had that in a car in 30 years, I think? Easy to care for but being a convertible it requires keeping towels in the car to be able to sit in the car in the summer months, which is about half the year here!

The lack of a Bentley/eBahn manual is also quite disappointing.


Haven't been able to get Car-Net activated. Website errs out, never received a PIN, etc. Called them, waited on hold, disconnected.


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As mentioned earlier, I bought my wife a 2013 highline beetle TDI . unfortunately not sure why it doesn't have the paddles ? her Smart cabrio had them for god's sake lol Also have fabric seats although well bolstered not the leather that I see in some highline Beetles. Did have ( professionally ) a Pioneer Nex head with backup and marine amp -standard one in car was toast by rust Fender stereo sounds very nice however I don't get to drive it see above - lol
Nice to hear from you all
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