Lifted Diesel: 2002 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

I never thought that these words would leave my fingertips, but this New Beetle looks cool. I guess I could have written those words about the turbine powered New Beetle that was featured last year, but that car was more terrifying than cool. But a lifted New Beetle with a TDI and 6-speed manual…that is about the only way I’d ever drive one of these things. Find this 2002 Volkswagen Beetle TDI offered for $3500 in Burbank, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

2002 VW New Beetle
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: diesel
odometer: 198000
paint color: blue
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
2002 VW Beetle TDI with 6 Speed Manual transmission. This Beetle is in great shape for another 100k miles at least. It has a 2 inch lift in the front, and a 3 inch lift in the back. It’s also been put on Jetta springs making it the smoothest riding New Beetle you will ever experience. Installed aftermarket head unit and front speakers, allowing for Bluetooth connection and HandsFree usage. AC has been recharged within the last 6 months and is blowing very cold.

Just had $2,700 worth of service done, including:

-Brand new timing belt kit (T belt, Serp. belt, water pump, tensioners, idlers)
-New engine mount
-New power steering pump
-Engine/transmission oil change
-New brake pads
-New front tires

Interior and paint are certainly starting to show their wear after 20 years, but this car still makes an amazing daily driver, and is incredible fuel efficient. The diesel motor paired with the manual transmission allow for mileage at around 30-40 mpg.

Check Engine light is on due to a short in the glow plug heating circuit. This will never be a problem in SoCal because it’s never cold enough to require glow plug preheating, but the part to resolve the light is only $50 if you are so inclined to repair it.

See a better way to drive something surprisingly interesting?