Big Turbo: 2001 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T

Volkswagen released their “New” Beetle for the 1998 model year with lots of fanfare and flowery marketing from the biggest European auto manufacturer. Ironically, the New Beetle was built on the chassis that killed the old Beetle — the front-wheel-drive Golf. Today’s example started as a simple 1.8T powered 5-speed, but now it has a gigantic Garrett turbocharger that puts 318 horsepower to the wheels, but, critically, it still sports some OG 15 inch wheels. Love it. Find this 2001 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T offered for $5,800 in New Milford, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

From the seller:

2001 volkswagen beetle
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 102000
paint color: blue
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: hatchback


2001 Big Turbo VW Beetle. Mileage is 102,000. Almost $13,000 invested at 90k in performance mods to engine and transaxle. 1.8t with Garett 57mm turbo, PAG LOGGER exhaust manifold with full stainless steel exhaust. Audi TT Intake with 550cc injectors. APR in tank fuel pump with Waldron in line fuel pump. Euro Dyne mafless software and AEM tru boost controller. Fully water cooled intercooler and pump. Peloquin performance transaxle with limited slip and heavy duty axles. Performance clutch. Performance Bilstien suspension and brakes. Recent T belt and kit. Car makes 318 HP at the wheels ! Looks totally stock. A real sleeper. It’s quiet and a great daily driver with great A/C and heat. It’s a big surprise to the WRX and the GTI owners and that’s a fact ! $5800.

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