2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: My dream car is a lemon :(

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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My dream car is a lemon :(
By andrea on


2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I always wanted a bug, and made it a goal to purchase one. I bought this car brand new off the lot with 4 miles on it. After 4 months of bliss, this car became a nightmare. I have had prolems with the oil light, check engine light, airbag light, coolant light, and the malfunction indicator light. It has had the following items replaced: a seatbelt, the faulty window brackets that all the beetles had, the instrument cluster (2 times), all 4 cylinder coils, a piece to the trunk latch system, and last but not least, that car is getting a whole new engine put in it now!!! I am very very very disappointed and have lost faith in Volkswagon. :(

Best Features

The car's look, the turbo, auto spoiler, heated seats and defrosting outside mirrors.

Worst Features

Maybe they should start putting Toyota engines in these cars! Power seat option would be nice and cupholders that can fit tall drinks.
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