Experience of 2002 VW New Beetle Owner
By Dave on
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
This is the worst car I have ever owned. It has had multiple problems: a noisy catalytic converter (a rattle), the electronic door locks and truck opener quit working, and I couldn't even open the gas filler door to put in gas. The real shocker was that the car caught fire as I was driving it! That cost $7,000 to repair. I did not fix it, but instead sold it to a junkyard because the local dealer had a monopoly (no other VW dealers where I live and no one else would work on it) I had some high repair bills. This was supposed to be an "economy" car, but overall the repairs cost me as much as a Hummer to drive. There is no way the fuel economy of the VW could make up for the repair bills.
At first the car was fun to drive, but the inconvenience in traffic (manual shift) and the unreliability overrode any fun I had driving it.
Either fix the quality issues, or cease subjecting the public to these problems.