By on April 15, 2013

Redesigning retro is a herculean task. You need to change the vehicle enough to be worth the effort, meanwhile maintaining an iconic retro theme. If you don’t change enough, shoppers won’t see a reason to trade in their old flashback for the new time capsule. Change it too much and you’re left with a caricature. The task is so daunting that few even attempt it. (Just look at the one-hit-wonders: PT Cruiser, HHR, SSR and Thunderbird.) VW on the other hand is different. After all they continued to build and sell the same Beetle with minor tweaks for 65 years straight. If anyone can tweak retro and convince people they need it, it’s VW. Sure enough, 2012 was the best Beetle sales year since 1973. As a chaser to VW’s revived retro-mojo, the Beetle is now offered sans-top and VW tossed us the keys to a brown-on-brown model for a week so we could get our 70s on. Can you dig it?

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Exterior

This Beetle, like the old “New Beetle,” sells on nostalgia and cutesy-bubbly good looks. In fact, the first words anyone utters upon seeing a Beetle are: “aww, its cute.” See the problem? How many guys buy “cute” cars? Recognizing the problem, VW set out to “butch things up” with the second generation FWD Beetle. The bubbly-fenders, round headlamps and “smiling” hood lines haven’t left but they have been joined by VW’s corporate “Gillette” grille,  sharper corners and more “masculine” tail lamps. (Or so I’m told.) The redesign also adds an incredible 3.5 inches to the Bug’s width and 5 inches to the length. The extra length means the Bug’s side profile is no longer semi-circular, something of a loss for retro fans. The wider stance and crisper creases do make Herbie look meaner, but the ginormous fenders make him look fatter as well.

Since nostalgia sells, VW offers the Beetle in decade-themed editions. There’s an all-black ’50s edition, a periwinkle turbocharged ’60s edition and the chocolate brown ’70s edition VW lent me (perhaps they knew I’m a child of the ‘ 70s?). Should you not care for VW’s packaged time-travel holidays, you can order your ride a la carte. Any way you order it, your bug will come with a black or beige canvas top which opens in 9 seconds while traveling up to 31 MPH. Why does that matter? Because you can go topless at a stoplight without fear that you’ll hold up traffic when it turns green. Volkswagen manages this feat by having the top drop onto the deck lid rather than going inside the trunk like most modern convertibles do. As a result the operation is faster since the trunk doesn’t have to open, the mechanism is less complex and the classic look of the Beetle ‘vert (with the top that looks like a canvas spoiler) is retained.

Starting at $24,995, sawing the top off your Bug will set you back $5,000 vs the coupe. If that sounds spendy, keep your top on, the convertible premium is higher on some of the competition. The 70s edition convertible (as tested) comes in one trim level with no options at $28,595, $5 more than a base turbo convertible. If you feel like burning oil, the TDI convertible starts at $28,690. The 60s convertible which represents the “top of the line” drop-top Beetle tips the scales at $32,395.

Interior

Bug defeminization continues on the inside with fewer round shapes, more creases and VW’s flat-bottom steering wheel. True to the retro mission you’ll find large portions of body-color-matching trim parts inside. That worried me at first but VW appears to be using high quality coatings as none of the painted bits showed signs of scratching like low-mileage PT Cruisers. As a close relative of the Golf and Jetta the Beetle borrows heavily from the communal parts trough, however, that parts sharing doesn’t extend to automatic climate control or power seats.

Despite the lack of power adjustability, front seat comfort in the Beetle was excellent on my long commute. Sadly finding a comfortable driving position took more time than I bargained for due to the bizarre recline knob. The fact that the recline mechanism is controlled by a knob is odd enough, but its position on the side of the seat is awkward to use. If you regularly share cars with your significant other, this could be a sore spot. The Bug’s rear seats have become a tad more spacious in this generation, but should still be considered “emergency” back seats due to a severe lack of leg room. On the bright side, the tall roofline means there’s enough headroom in the back for the average adult to sit upright.

Once upon a time there was no option for leather seats in the Beetle and we have now come full circle. Like a number of other manufacturers, VW has been slowly killing off real cowhide in their cars. For 2013 the only upholstery option in the Beetle convertible is V-Tex leatherette.

Because the lid doesn’t collapse into the trunk, the cargo slot remains 7.1 cubic feet when motoring topless. While that doesn’t sound like much space, it is a huge step up from the old Beetle’s 5 cubes. That’s the difference between an adult fitting in the trunk and not. (You’ll have to watch the video for that explanation.) Unlike most convertibles, the rear seat has a trick up it’s sleeve: it folds down (50/50) to reveal an honest-to-goodness cargo opening.

Infotainment

Sorry ’70s fans, our chocolate brown Bug didn’t come with a built-in CB radio. Burn! Instead shoppers will need to get hip with the 21st century, VW style. Base drop-tops get an AM/FM radio, single slot CD player, Bluetooth speaker phone/audio streaming and VW’s USB/iDevice interface (MDI). Working your way up the ladder, the next stop is the touchscreen audio system which adds HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and am MP3 compatible CD reader (why is there no 1990s edition?).

’60s and ’70s edition models come standard (optional on other Bugs) with VW’s 5-inch touchscreen navigation unit (RNS-315). This is the same system found in VW vehicles from the Golf to the Passat. Unlike VW’s large-screen nav unit, this one stores the map data on 4GB of built-in flash memory meaning the database is smaller and less detailed. Compared to the latest offerings from the competition, VW’s nav system is slow, less polished and less intuitive. Instead of using a USB port like everyone else, VW still uses a short proprietary cable in the glove box, a pain if you use your cell phone as your music library. An MDI-iDevice cable comes with the bug, but if you’re not an Apple fan you have to buy the corresponding cable separately from your dealer. Shaking salt on the infotainment wound is a distinct lack of voice commands for your music library, something that is rapidly becoming universal. On the flip side, the 9-speaker Fender speaker system is rad to the max. VW: do me a solid and give the Bug some much needed infotainment love. Dig?

Drivetrain

You won’t find a air-cooled engine in this Beetle, this isn’t the ’50s. Base Beetles (and the ’50s and ’70s edition models) use VW’s refreshed 2.5L inline 5-cylinder engine which gets a 20 HP bump to 170 at 5,700RPM while torque creeps up to 177 lb-ft at 4,250 RPM. The sole mate to the 5-banger is an Aisin-sourced 6-speed automatic, not the 6-speed DSG. If you need more shove, you can opt for VW’s ubiquitous 2.0L turbo, good for 200 ponies and 207 lb-ft of twist. A first for America (as far as I know), VW’s topless cruiser can now be had in oil-burning form with the same 140 HP 2.0L TDI powerplant as the Jetta. Both 2.0L mills are mated to VW’s slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission or for $1,100, VW’s latest 6-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

VW’s 5-cylinder engine has received a bad rap in the press due its unusual exhaust note but I found the funky burble strangely pleasant. Liking the exhaust note is important because you’ll be hearing quite a bit of it as you try to motivate 3,200 pounds of convertible. The “half-V10″ is smoother than the current crop of VW 4-cylinder engines and with the bump to 170 HP it is perfectly serviceable for most drivers. The 6-speed slush box is fairly typical for the compact segment: eager to up-shift, reluctant to down-shift and far less engaging than VW’s excellent DSG units.  Thanks to some efficiency improvements we averaged 26.2MPG over 620 miles of mixed driving in the 2.5 even though the EPA rating is 21/27 (city/highway).

Drive

The 2.0L turbo is underpowered when you compare it to the modern crop of direct-injection 2.0L turbos from the competition. The engine also has something of a split personality, being both rough around the edges and high maintenance with its coarse sound and appetite for premium gas. If you are willing to pay the toll, your reward is the fastest 0-60 time of the bunch, a full 2 seconds faster than the 9.2 second run our 2.5L tester scored. Is it worth it? Yes. If for no other reason than to get the DSG “automatic” or the 6-speed manual, both of which are more driver-oriented than the tranny choices coupled to the 2.5. Despite sporting a higher 21/30 MPG rating, it wasn’t  cheaper to operate than the 2.5L thanks to its hunger for expensive gas and my heavy right foot.

I had only a limited opportunity to test the 2.0L TDI, but it’s exactly what you would expect. It’s slower than the 2.5L, has only a slight diesel burble inside the car and gets incredible mileage. What you might not expect is that it’s only $1,200 more than a comparably equipped 2.5L Beetle Convertible which is a great deal, if you can find one. Thanks to its 28/41 MPG rating (with the DSG), the TDI can get you from your Berkeley loft to Burning Man and back, if you treat it gently. And important consideration to maximize your funkadelic weekend and make it back to your human studies class on time.

The Beetle coupé uses the same torsion beam suspension as the Jetta and Golf in normal trim and a variant of the GLI’s multi-link suspension when equipped with the turbo engine. Thanks to the extra weight and a desire to maximize trunk volume, all convertible Bugs get the multi-link setup. The suspension swap makes the convertible feel almost as composed as a turbo Beetle coupé on broken pavement, a notable improvement over the base coupé. That doesn’t mean the convertible has any sporting aspirations however, the topless Bug has been tuned for a softer ride, more fitting for a boulevard cruiser.

When the going gets twisty, the polished city ride begins to fall apart. Despite being 20% more rigid than the New Beetle convertible, there’s still plenty of body flex and a hair of cowl shake. This isn’t unusual for a mass market soft-top, but I had hoped for a ride more similar to the stiffer EOS hard top. If your top is up, expect some occasional squeaks from where the top meets the body on broken pavement (even dealer provided testers suffered from this problem.) If the top is down, just expect a less rigid ride than you will find in the Beetle coupé. That’s not to say the Beetle is a wet noodle on winding roads like ye olde La Baron, but it’s certainly not up to the same standard as the new Mustang or Camaro convertibles and even the Chrysler 200 seemed more rigid on the back roads.

How well the Beetle accelerates and handles is unlikely to matter to prospective convertible shoppers. I’m not kidding. There isn’t a drop top I can think of that has better performance metrics than its hard-top donor car, that’s just the nature of the beast. Convertibles are all about open air motoring and style, something thee Beetle, despite all of its flaws, still has in spades. VW’s infotainment options feel like they are stuck in 1990, the lack of power front seats and automatic climate control irk me to no end, and the 2.0L engine needs a testosterone injection, yet the Beetle’s topless charm is enough for me to overlook its flaws. The Bug’s price is even right when you consider a topless Chrysler 200 starts at $27,100. There is only one “problem:” Herbie’s still cute.

Hit it

  • Unique 5-cylinder engine note. (I know, I’m crazy.)
  • Going topless at 31MPH is handier than I thought.
  • The TDI is an excellent value.
  • Still cute.

Quit it

  • VW’s base navigation system is getting old.
  • 200 ponies from two turbocharged liters isn’t anything to brag about.
  • Reclining a seat using a knob is an exercise in frustration.
  • Still cute.

 

Volkswagen provided the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for this review

Specifications as tested

0-30: 2.98 Seconds

0-60: 9.2 Seconds

1/4 Mile: 16.83 Seconds @ 83 MPH

Average Fuel Economy: 26.6 MPG over 620 Miles

 

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52 Comments on “Review: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible (Video)...”


  • avatar
    Zackman

    Nice. Very nice – and I like certain shades of brown, too.

    Certainly, VW did it right this time around, as it is no longer a “girlie” car, and I would be very comfortable driving and being seen in it – if the color’s right, of course!

    The proportions are spot-on, and if I were enough of a fan of VW to buy one, I would carefully consider this car.

    Nice review!

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Recline levers are the Devil’s Work. Inevitably the position I want is in between those offered, and in too many cars pulling the lever results in crashing down to the backseat. Kudos to VW for sticking to knobs.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    It is both longer and wider, eh? So those pills that are advertised in the back of Road & Track DO work….

  • avatar
    threeer

    I’ve never quite warmed up to the Beetle (new)…but this one I rather like. What in the hell is wrong with me??

  • avatar
    BeyondBelief

    “If you regularly share your significant other”…

    Hee.

  • avatar
    Fordson

    The 2.0L turbo is not as smooth as the 2.5L five? And it’s underpowered and rough and coarse-sounding?

    Are you just trying to differentiate yourself from every other automotive journalist in the world?

  • avatar
    AFX

    3,200lbs…WTF ?!.

    That’s 1,300lbs more than an original Beetle, and the same weight as a 1967 Camaro covertible with a V-8.

    No wonder why the 2.0 turbo seems underpowered.

    • 0 avatar
      Sigivald

      I’m pretty sure you can’t make a car that size at 1,900 pounds and meet crash standards (at least not at a price anyone will pay).

      The 1967 Beetle had a 50hp engine and a curb weight of around 1800 pounds.

      This 2013 has a 200hp engine and weighs 3200.

      Its power:weight ratio is therefore nigh-on twice the Type 1′s, and superior to plenty of everyday cars.

      It’s a Beetle. It’s not a racecar.

      • 0 avatar
        blppt

        I’m pretty sure the VW 2.0T is extremely underrated from the factory (200hp)—most people say its dynoing more than 200 AT THE WHEELS, which figuring drivetrain loss, puts it at 230hp crank. Its one of the reasons why the Passat 2.0T is able to stay in the general area with the 274hp Hyundai Sonata turbo in acceleration tests (the other being that Hyundai motor is an overrated 274hp, apparently).

      • 0 avatar
        probert

        Well — it’s a golf with a bunch of lumpy metal dumped on it. It’snot a race car.

    • 0 avatar
      VA Terrapin

      Vehicles with 2.0T engines:
      Ford Focus ST: 252 hp, 270 lb ft
      Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T: 274 hp, 275 lb ft
      Subaru Forester 2.0XT: 250 hp, 258 lb ft
      Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible: 200 hp, 207 lb ft

      The VW Beetle Turbo Convertible might feel underpowered compared to the CUV and the high strung cars listed above, but its raw power should be just fine for a laid back, soft top car.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        My Ranger weighed 3400lbs and had a little less than 120hp. I did lots of crazy things in it and had a lot of fun. Anything with less than about 30lbs per HP is just fine with me.

        200hp in a 3400lb car is pretty spirited. At least out here in the real world. My V6 Escape had about the same power to weight ratio, and I never used the full power in real world driving in a year of owning it. This Beetle has *plenty* of power for my purposes.

        It looks like a fun car! Alas, I’m sworn off of Volkswagens after my 2001 VW Jetta POS – at least until I have rigorous evidence that VWs has fixed their reliability problems… I really wanted to be a VW fanboy, too, but VW ownership screwed me so bad that I think Toyota Beige is awesome! But, hey, this Beetle makes me conflicted about moving on, which is saying a lot. :-)

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Someone will correct me, I’m certain, but I believe this to be the first Diesel convertible ever sold in the US, barring “convertible” SUVs like the IH Scout.

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    I must complement VW on both the interior and exterior design.

    Special kudos to the dashboard area, which actually looks like it belongs in a car rather than to some cheap video game.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    These 70s disco wheels are pretty cool, but for my money the best wheels are on the 50s Beetle. They look fantastic. There was some thought that they wouldn’t be available in the US, but they are.

  • avatar
    segfault

    “2.0L turbo … rough around the edges … with its coarse sound.”

    VW installs a fake sound generator on this engine now, just in front of the firewall. If you unplug it, as I did on my GLI, the engine is eerily silent. I wouldn’t mind it if it made noise only above, say, 3500 rpm, but it sounded like the output was based on a combination of throttle position and rpm, and I could hear the darn thing when climbing a hill at 1600 rpm.

  • avatar
    kyngfish

    I’m gonna rant about this because it’s really upsetting me. The 2.0Turbo really has to be better. My girlfriend has that thing in an EOS and I hate driving it, the turbo-lag is terrible and I feel like Volkswagen should do a better job with it. It might not be so bad if the slushbox wasn’t equally bad…

  • avatar
    ChillyWilly

    How to sell beetles to men? Easy…
    1. Change the name to Baja Beetle.
    2. Put a two inch lift on.
    3. Put 13 or 14 inch steel wheels on with the classic moon caps.

    Other easy options would be to remove about two inches around the front wheel well and put on a skid plate. Off road capability not actually required

  • avatar
    Bart 7001

    Another very good video review. Please keep them up.

  • avatar
    mpresley

    “The “half-V10″ is smoother than the current crop of VW 4-cylinder engines…”

    The “current” crop? You mean the naturally aspirated four that no one buys? Or the fours sold in Europe, but not the US? I’m at a loss to understand. After owning the 2.5 in an 06 Jetta, and two 2.0t in an 09 Passat, and now a 2013 CC, I must disagree. Let’s be clear: the 5 is not a “bad” engine, but no one ever called it “smooth.” Until now. Agricultural, yes. But then tractors are not known for smoothness.

    Also, to state that the 2.0 is underpowered “compared to the competition” is true on paper, when comparing HP, but not so so once you get in the car and drive. VW engineers have created a very nice balance for a FWD car.

  • avatar
    cargogh

    Wow. At 2:39 that was the fastest operating roof ever. I really didn’t think you’d try the trunk, Alex. Hats off for that maneuver.
    I don’t know what is wrong with me, but I know I’m in the wrong here. There has been several comments from other reviews where it seems the general consensus is this Beetle looks great with steel wheels and moons.
    I normally like that look, but it appears so cheap and contrived on this model I absolutely hate it.
    These wheels are alright. The 19″ Tornados from the GSR are too busy, but the 18″ 5-spoke Twisters are sweet.
    I wouldn’t want this car, but a friend has a 2009 black turbo that he will replace eventually with another one-probably. It seems big and heavy, too slow, and horrible to back out of a parking spot with the top up.
    Come on ATS convertible.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Good informitive video review, but I have a bit of a distaste for these “New New Beetles”, so pardon the following rant.

    I always thought that VW “manning up” the New Beetle was a dumb idea from the start, if men want a VW they could buy a Golf while buying the Beetle for their love interest.

    Plus with a wide dumb grinextremely generic cooperate grille under the headlights the car still looks pretty girly.

    Heres my ultimate issue with this car though, I could go buy a ’70s VW Beetle convertible for far cheaper than this and get a real Beetle rather than a disposable phoney, all the while still putting up with miserable gas mileage.

    Actually I used to own a VW Bug, and even though it broke down a few times I’d still take it over a modern forgery.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      You could also buy a 1965 Mustang for far cheaper than a new one. And just like the Beetle it would be far slower, less safe, less practical, less reliable, and feature-poor.

      People who buy this Beetle for the styling still need daily transportation they can live with.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      A 70′s beetle convertible is a death trap of almost epic proportions.

  • avatar
    z9

    kingfish, your annoyance with the 2.0 engine can be addressed with APR software. Just go have it done and don’t tell your girlfriend. They usually have it on sale during the summer.

  • avatar
    Onus

    Why can’t i get the 50′s retro wheels on the coupe. They show it that way in commercials but you can’t build one. My sister wants one too with the retro wheels.

    • 0 avatar
      chris724

      That’s the first thing I thought when I saw this picture. Not crazy about the wheels. The new NBs I’ve seen in real life have all had better wheels.

    • 0 avatar
      Buick61

      The retro wheels are standard on the 2.5L and the 2.5L with Sunroof. What you see on vw.com is a snap-on ring (I think VW calls it a Turbine Ring) that surrounds the baby moon disc. You can just pop it off and then you get the heritage look wheel. They designed it to work that way.

  • avatar
    VA Terrapin

    I think you mean torsion beam suspension, not torsen beam suspension. A torsen is a type of differential.

  • avatar
    SnarkyRichard

    Other reviews of this car say the base model convertible is only available with a 6 speed auto which is not the DSG and no 5 speed manual is offered at all in the 2.5 liter trim . The 6 speed manual is available with the TDI and Turbo however . Another advantage of the seat recline knob besides giving that exactly right tilt of the seat that levers seem to just miss is that when the seat is tilted forward for back seat access the preset position is still there when the seat is returned to the upright position . A true 70s edition would be painted Sunbug gold though and not that blah brown color that has no connection to 70s beetles !

  • avatar
    AFX

    The New New Beetle weighs roughly the same as a 1966 Pontiac LeMans convertible with a 215hp OHC Sprint Six engine.

    I’m impressed that VW could make a car that small with hardly any trunk space weigh so much.

    It’s amazing how far cars have advanced in 47 years.

    I know which one I’d rather be seen driving.

  • avatar
    jeffzekas

    Alex, you said, “There’s nothing that really competes” with the Beetle. What about the Fiat 500 convertible? Or, in my case, what about a 4 year old VW Beetle convertible? Or a REAL Beetle converble (say, 1977 or so)? These are all other vehicles we have considered (and compared) with the VW.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      The Fiat 500C isn’t a full convertible. I’d consider the Mini Cooper convertible to be the closest new competitor, it being retro, a full convertible, and a four-seater. Base MSRP is in the ballpark too, although I don’t know that they’re any happier selling base models now then they were in the past.

  • avatar
    baggins

    I enjoyed the video. I took the same path, Canada Road, in the opposite direction on my way to work today.

    Alas, I was in a Honda Accord.

    I want to get one of the convertibles, but am afraid of the VW dealer experience and VW quality.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Car is starting to look like a PT Cruiser, especially in the rr 3/4 shot.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I’ve often wondered what direction the various retro-inspired auto designs would take with their “Back to the Future” creations. It certainly poses a unique challenge. How can you update something that replicates a certain point in time? Do you decide that you just don’t update as in the PT Cruiser and quit? My theory on the PTC was once everyone who wanted one, got one, there was no one left to sell it to. Do you just start updating from the retro-point in time? (scratches head) which, when over thinking the subject, could lead to some time-wrap continuum, like in the movie where running into yourself creates all sorts of havoc…( Think at what point does the current retro-inspired Mustang become the Mustang II?… *shiver*)

    However my mind likes to run with these things I have to say I think VW did an excellent job of solving the dilemma with this current redesign. Although I’ve never been a fan of the “bug”, It’s nice VW chose to evolve the bug from it’s new starting point as opposed to letting it just go stale. I particularly like the back-end and see a distinct family resemblance to the 911. Good solution to a tough problem

    • 0 avatar
      eggsalad

      “I particularly like the back-end and see a distinct family resemblance to the 911.”

      Funny, in the hardtop version, I see a close family resemblance to the 1st gen Audi TT.

  • avatar
    Junebug

    I’ve bought and traded 2 VW’s in the past and I think after it’s all said and done, I would buy this Bug if I was in the market right now. And I’ll tell you why. First, get the 2.5, it’s runs on regular, has a timing CHAIN and plenty of power-mpg, second, get the regular Tiptronic, not the trouble plagued DSG that needs $345 in regular maintenace every 40K miles if you have a decent dealer. It’s a car for style, to be seen in, to have fun cruising topless, it’s not a fast, great handling or soccor mom mobile, it’s a car you buy that would make your day just to drive to the store for a 6 pack of beer and a moon pie.
    It’s the car I wish my daughter wanted instead of that ill handling, over priced, warranty nightmare (Wrangler) she wants to mall crawl in.

    • 0 avatar
      mpresley

      Regular gas is certainly a plus at fill up time, but then you lose HP vis-a-vis the TSI (which, by the way, has a timing chain). DSG is a much nicer transmission than the regular auto, but this experience may be lost on some drivers and not worth the expense. So if cheap is important, then the 2.5 is the way to go (although it is not a particularly thrifty engine, really). If overall refinement is important…

    • 0 avatar
      william442

      That’s a RC Cola.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    Great review. I was never a fan of the 1st gen “new” beetle. Actualy I am still not much of a fan of the original. They made every engineering error possible!
    This new one is one good looking car and I am pleased to see a positive review.

  • avatar
    rodface

    If they wanted to dial down the cute, they botched it with the LED DRL-equipped models. Look at its adorable angry bird eyes!

    http://media4.onsugar.com/files/2011/06/22/5/1756/17568149/92/apr19-2012-volkswagen-beetle-front.jpg

  • avatar
    Kara

    Hi all. I have a question: How do you unlock the trunk from inside?

    I have a 2013 convertible beetle. Today on the inside of the drivers door I saw what looked like a panel that had a trunk picture on it. I got my key and popped open the panel. Inside was a rope, I pulled it out, it was neatly tucked in. I could hear the trunk unlocking, but it wasn’t when I got out to try it. How does it work? I one time put my bag in the trunk with my car keys in it. I couldn’t get the trunk open or the back seats down, so I had to drive home for a spare key to open the trunk. In this video the guy made it look so easy to have the seats go down.
    What am I doing wrong? I never knew how many times I need to open my trunk from inside, before I got this car! It is my only complaint about this car. I just love it. Being topless has never been so fun!
    thanks


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