I was interested in this car because
of the retro design and the
performance of the turbo engine. It's
an eye-turner car; however, I've been
having continual problems with this
Beetle. With less than 30K miles, I
went through two transmissions, new
A/C unit, and defective power windows
(suddenly fell inside door and
broke). I'm not impressed with VW and
was really disappointed with this
car. It's not reliable and I'm
anxious to sell it before the warranty
I like the design of the car and the
handling around corners...terrific
The turbo has considerable lag. Cup
holders have a poor design/location.
Transmission is very slow to engage
(I'll roll backwards 5-10 feet in
drive before it'll engage and go
forward). Needs more head room in the
back seat for adults & better side
mirrors due to terrible blind spots.
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback Turbo S 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I bought a used 02 Turbo S with 3200
miles on it, from a dealer. This used
to be a corporate car, used by someone
at VW in michigan. VW will NOT cover
the transmission under warranty unless
I sign a piece of paper saying it's ok
to check the transmission for problems.
My clutch has been giving me problems
since I got the vehicle. Now they say
if the clutch is bad, its my problem.
So much for a 4 year, 50,000 mile
warranty. This is coming from VW of
America's corporate office stating
this, not just my dealership.
It was fun, till everything started
Customer Service for VW is AWEFUL
unless they can fix it under warranty
for next to free.
I also always wanted a beetle, and when
they returned a few years ago, I
couldn't wait to own one! It's
adorable, and the test drive was
amazing- how it hugged the road. I love
the sound of the engine. I bought a
black one, and all was well until...a
front headlight burned out after owning
it for only 3 months?? Next? A light
came on indicating that I could not
drive without damaging the
engine...most recently? The car died-
fine one minute, dead the next. It
needed a new battery after 18 months??
Oh- and the other headlight burned out.
I do still love the beetle. Would I buy
another one? No. It's unpredictible.
Both the interior and exterior are
fantastic. I smile when I see a Beetle
on the road!!