My 2001 New Beetle GLS rode off into the sunset last week.
I had her for 9.5 years and 158,000 miles...hard Vermont Winter miles.
Sold her for parts and purchased a 2008 Jetta 2.5 S 5 speed.
Love it !
Looking forward to learning more about it here.
Mine is an 09. Love the 5 speed. VW makes one of the smoothest manual transmissions around.
Keep and eye on the rear brakes, they will wear faster than the fronts.
At around 37k miles I replaced my rear pads while the fronts still aren't halfway worn yet. I added a little slack to the parking brake cable and the rear wheels spin a little more freely now.
Also, Walmart now sells 5Qt jugs of Mobil1 0W-40 for $22.