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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel - Consumer Reviews

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel

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Old Faithful
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By Stephen H.
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

At 243K, still going strong. Needed new transmission at 230K but likely because I overuse the 5th gear at low speed to improve mileage and wore it out. My only complaint is the interior parts. Rear seat fell apart in the first week. Center console fell apart shortly after. Surprisingly rotten and cheap parts on such a worthy vehicle. Diesel needs to be treated with anti-gel for 3 months of Northeast winter and I had a pre-heater installed after the glow-plugs cooked and were too rusted in to replace. This diesel car had real trouble starting below -10F with glow plugs working and below 20F after they died so a heater really protects battery, starter and engine. Check engine light has been on for last 100k miles but that’s just something you deal with in the age of science and technology. That crap never functions right for 1/2 the life of a vehicle.
Still my primary commuter as it gets 45 mpg.


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Fun little car with great mpg
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mishka1012
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

I've had this car for couple month now and I drive everywhere on it.
Even though mine was rebuilt from the ground up after an accident not shown on carfax and it was rebuilt from junk and old parts and silicone glue it holding up marvelously.
I mostly drive everything it got out of this little car and let me say it's not just faster than most four cylinders on the road. It beats some v6's because it's stik and it only got 100hp! But I still manage to get 45 mpg consistently, never got less but once got 55 mpg on biodiesel and light driving style (speed limit and slow acceleration tryoing to stay in 5th gear at all speeds (even 30 mph)+ rolling down the hill).
the rest sucks alot.


Best Features

Mpg, reliability, stick shift, suspension, decent preformance for a 4 cylinder, TDI, verry roomy interior for the front people, looked verry cool on the road. Aero dynamic stays on the ground at 100+mph. Whenever I floor it I get a smoke screen behind me lol. Super cheap to drive literally more than twice the savings comparing to gas cars and supposedly runs verry long miles.


Worst Features

Cheap plasticks break everywhere, sensors go out alot gave up on replacing them. Tdi takes a few minutes to warm up, wrong wheel derive i'd love this car in rear wheel drive. Exterior bumpers rip appart upon lightest impact, have to get driver side mirror helper, big blind spot, suckish stereo.


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Up In Flames!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By diannr
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A)


Review

Bought our 2002 TDI in December for our daughter.
Two weeks later we discovered it had a messed up transmission.
Counting on fuel savings over the next 5 years, we spent $3500 to have the transmission rebuilt.
There were alot of rattles in the interior but we planned to address those after recovering from the trani. expense.
Last weekend the brakes failed while parking, proceeded to smoke from the rear then caught on fire!
A total loss for us however the salvage yard is scoring a good engine.
Apparently firewalls work from both directions.
I would not recommend this car!!


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I want more TDI's!!!!!
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By Kyle
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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We bough this car with 92K on it. It had some minor damage to exterior but love that Gecko Green!!! I have 180K currently on it and have had the following problems: 1. Alternator - $900.00 2. Undercarraige Protector fell off. Did not replace. 3. Serpentim Belt Pulley - $500.00 Not bad for the abuse I put this car through.


Best Features

Color, Style, Handling, Torque Power!


Worst Features

Get rid of the cloth seats altogether!!! I have cream and they will not come clean. More leg room for backseats!


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obvious VW cheaped out on lots of things
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By indy photog
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

When it works, it's great. Problem is, there are always small things going wrong. Car is well cared for with regular Mx as per the service manual. Electrical issues have been the worst...no history of flood damage or anything similar. Have been through three brake lights and two crunched driver side windows (all pre recall of course, good luck getting $ back from VW). Wheel bearing replaced, airbag light permanently on, trunk latch issues, and now...the car won't reverse. All sorts of other little annoying things too numerous to mention.


Best Features

handles well, automatic trans in the diesel knocks mileage down to mid 30's with mixed city/hwy driving, but still not bad.


Worst Features

charge another 1K for the car and put quality parts and workmanship into it instead of ruining your rep for quality for a few extra percent profit.


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