Beetle and Beetle Convert. Roll Call. Who's out there?

itsmejerry

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Sep 6, 2002
Location
Birmingham, AL
TDI
2015 Passat SE TDI Nav, 2015 Passat SE TDI, 2015 Beetle Convertible TDI, 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI All Phase 2 Emission Modified complete. 50 State Legal Diesel!
Ok, this section of TDI club has been largely dormant for quite a while.

Lets get it rolling a bit.

Who has a Beetle TDI 2012+
Who has a Beetle Convertible 2012+ ?

I have a 2015 Beetle Convertible TDI with 3200 miles on it. The wife and I are "Saving it for Later" and driving it very sparingly. It's our beach car and spends most of the weekdays in the garage or under its cover in the driveway. I don't drive it often, but if it hasn't been driven, I do start it weekly and let it warm to operating temperature (and oil to 200 degrees) before it's put away again.



Anyone Else?
 

oilhammer

Certified Volkswagen Nut & Vendor
Joined
Dec 11, 2001
Location
outside St Louis (where it's safe)
TDI
There are just too many to list....
I only have one customer with a 2012+ diesel Beetle, a 2015 convertible. I just did a service on it this week. He had a 2012 sedan that he let them buy back. :( It had over 120k miles on it, and was perfect. I only have a handful of gasser ones, though. These just do not seem to be quite as popular here as other Volkswagen models.

I feel there are not too many of these left. My wife recently made mention of liking them after she heard they were not making them after the 2019 model year. Which got me thinking maybe I should try and surprise her with a "fixed" diesel one. But she would probably expect me to give up one of our other cars, not sure if I could do that or not. :cool:

Certainly would want a new one. The only engine is crap. And you can only get an automatic transmission. Seriously, Volkswagen, way to let an icon die in style. :(
 
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Jasper J

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Jan 30, 2003
Location
Draper, UT
TDI
2015 Toffee Brown Beetle Convertible 6M
2015 Toffee Brown Vert here.
Purchased late March 2018 w/ 21,xxx miles.
So far I think the top has been down more than up. [emoji41]
Currently @ 35,xxx miles.



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itsmejerry

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Joined
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Location
Birmingham, AL
TDI
2015 Passat SE TDI Nav, 2015 Passat SE TDI, 2015 Beetle Convertible TDI, 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI All Phase 2 Emission Modified complete. 50 State Legal Diesel!
The Beetle community seems to be people who don't really modify their cars much, unlike some of the other forums, and that may be why this part of TDI club isn't really active.

Also, since the engine and transmission are pretty much the same across the TDI's, a lot of answers for engines, transmission, etc problems are answered in other forums.



Anyway, It's good to meet a few of the Beetle Owners. Maybe we'll figure out what to talk about sooner or later.
 

Lightflyer1

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Joined
Sep 13, 2005
Location
Round Rock, Texas
TDI
2015 Beetle tdi dsg
I will be upgrading to projector head lamps and upgrading the basic stereo to a RNS315 with nav and backup camera. Have all the parts just can't seem to find the time.
 

GTOguy

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Joined
Jan 15, 2013
Location
Oklahoma
TDI
'13 Beetle TDI 6spd, Rawtek/Malone 2.0 Eco
Early '13 here. Non IRS which I like because I regularly pull a motorcycle trailer with a couple of bikes. Great car!
 

06bluebeetletdi

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Joined
Sep 30, 2012
Location
Middlesex, NC
TDI
'14 Passat TDI SEL and '13 Beetle TDI
Late ‘13 hardtop here white with black interior (6/22/13 priduction date) - 2nd owner (bought 10/4/14 -9685 miles, currently 73785 miles) modified 8/18/17 at 61014 miles
 

PB_NB

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Joined
Nov 20, 2007
Location
Vancouver, B.C.
TDI
1999 New Beetle
I was looking at a 2018 Dune. I know it's not a TDI but it has most of the upgrades that I would do if i had a newer Beetle.

I know that the instruments have been greatly improved over the older Beetles and hopefully the flower vase was deleted!
 

GTOguy

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Joined
Jan 15, 2013
Location
Oklahoma
TDI
'13 Beetle TDI 6spd, Rawtek/Malone 2.0 Eco
I had a '12 Golf TDI that I sold back and it was a DSG car and it was pretty awesome. I like my 6 spd but wouldn't hesitate to have a DSG car again. Our '14 R line, 4 Motion Tiguan is an auto and i'm not impressed with it.
 

showdown 42

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Feb 16, 2012
Location
naples,FL
TDI
2016 TDI touareg
I have a new 2019 convert coming 1st wk Dec, sad The TDI is out,but this is going to be a fun car to use in FL winters. A low mileage garage queen to goof around with. I'll see if I need to have a local mod guy work on the engine. The issue is a 6yr 75,000 warranty that I don't want to screw up.
 

MattRabbit

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Joined
Nov 12, 1999
Location
Orlando, FL, USA
TDI
2015 Golf SE TDI, 2014 Beetle TDI, 1981 Rabbit Diesel
We just picked up a 2014 Beetle TDI with 6-speed manual and 21K miles for the wife. She's in love with that thing! So far it's a great vehicle. It's a hoot to drive. It feels a lot like my 2001 Golf, except everything on it is still tight. And the interior isn't falling apart. And it doesn't have 390K miles on it. :D
 

GIDDY_UP_GO

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Joined
Mar 11, 2007
Location
Indiana
TDI
10 Jetta 13 Beetle Convertible 15 GSW
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.
 

Baumeister

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Feb 19, 2004
Location
Auburn, CA
TDI
'15 Beetle Convertible, '03 New Beetle TDI 5sp, '94 Audi Cabriolet(AFN swap in progress)
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!
 

balticblue

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Jul 16, 2020
Location
nanaimo
TDI
2013 beetle tdi highline
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
 

Baumeister

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Joined
Feb 19, 2004
Location
Auburn, CA
TDI
'15 Beetle Convertible, '03 New Beetle TDI 5sp, '94 Audi Cabriolet(AFN swap in progress)
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.


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
 

IA DPE

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Mar 29, 2011
Location
Iowa USA
TDI
2009 Jetta (sold back 08/18); 2014 Q5 (totaled 12/19😥); 2013 Dodge Cummins
Old thread, old (inactive member).

When my Q5 TDI got totaled I replaced it with a GMC Acadia. It’s not a TDI but has been a good vehicle.

The wife had been saying she wanted a Beetle Convertible for years (36 to be exact) so last summer I bought her a 2013- red with tan top. Told her it was her 35 yr. Service Award. 😂

She loves the car and drove it everyday until winter finally came. It’s now safely tucked away until Spring.

Happy New Year! Hope 2022 sees a return to normalacy.
 
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