Beetle Life: Warning, Nothing Is Wrong.
I’ve realised I’ve not updated this at all with the beetle. In fact, 6 months in and we’ve only done about 1,500 miles so far. With my good lady wife now having a job within walking distance from our home, the mileage will probably drop even further. But, thus far, the car has been great.
One issue so far, which is with the drivers door latch, which is creaking as you open it and you can see that there is excess play in the mechanism. I’ve booked this in to be looked at and hope/expect it will be covered under warranty as the car has only been in our possession for 6 months.
Everything else has been great. Its fun to drive and it looks great! Its a chunky thing though – care needed when putting it in the garage as those wheel arches really jut out!
“WARNING! Nothing is Wrong”
The strange thing about the Beetle is how it will warn you about nothing being wrong. Whenever you turn off the ignition, the dashboard flashes up “Check SAFELOCK!”. This is simply telling you that the deadlocks are enabled when you lock the car. Fine. Why wouldn’t they be? Why do I need to be told to check it every time I turn the car off?
It will also light up the amber airbag light for about 30 seconds when the car starts saying “AIRBAG ON”. Yes, I know, this is what I expected, why are you telling me?
Whats next? “Warning: Driver in the drivers seat”. “Warning: The boot is closed”. “Caution before you drive off: The Engine is on!”.
Its a bit stupid if you ask me and detracts from real problems.
Everything else though, fine and dandy! 🙂