Me and my brand new Volkswagen New Beetle (January 2000)

About half an hour after I signed my life away there it is, shiny and new. It’s my little piece of history. New Beetles were manufactured for the 1998 model year, but it was not until the 2000 model year that the 1.8 litre turbo gasoline engine was available; That’s the one I bought.

Even in January of 2000 there was a waiting list to purchase these cars. If I had held out for the exact car I wanted, I would likely have waited six months to buy one. I thought I was being prudent to just go ahead and get the highest spec model, then, to avoid waiting too long.

Today this car is still my daily driver. Read on to learn more about New Beetle ownership.