2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: bugged
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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By woodymc on

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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)

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Way too many reliability problems, for a car with under 8k miles the following went wrong: Limit switch on brake that allows the AT transmission selector into gear fails easily! Car was towed for warranty service to dealer. Then they lost the car at the dealership. They found it after a heart to heart talk w/ the GM. ABS valve recall. Electric windows had a mind of their own. Rear hatch must be slammed shut before electric closure mechanism will "catch". Which of course broke from the slamming. Other than that, it really was a good commuter car. I cannot recommend this car to anyone who lives more than 15miles from a dealership.

Favorite Features

Diesel engine was superb. Super fuel economy even with the AT trans. Selling the car!

Suggested Improvements

Reliability was reminiscent of the original bug.
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