2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Few problems-overall largely p
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Few problems-overall largely pleased
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)

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Bought with 88K miles--probably paid too much, but was pressed for time for a move and new job. Purchased knowing would have long daily commute & weekend travel home--excellent mileage on freeway driving, 'tween 46-50 mpg. In town usually around 38-40. Very keen on quick acceleration. Yes, some frustration with electrical, e.g. persistent glow plug light was annoying, but fixable at low price. Sunroof fun and climate control okay. With back seat down good storage capacity. Sound system good, but put in XM receiver and sold off original system at purchase. Very satisfied all in all-but several of the complaints here have some validity in my view.

Best Features

Mileage, responsive feel, steering and standard trans fine, quick acceleration

Worst Features

Electrical could be much better; and the driver side cup holders are very badly placed
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