by feedle on Oct 15, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
What an amazing, fun little car. I have a TDI diesel,
with the Tiptronic transmission, and this is hands
down the most fun car I've ever driven. Out of the
gate mine has had a few minor hiccups (CD player
stopped playing CDs on the fourth day, airbag
system isn't working properly [diag. light]), but the
dealerships I've dealt with have been quick to
repair and cooperative. And, the fuel economy is
AMAZING! 400-500 miles on a tank of diesel is
"normal" for this car, and with some conservative
driving, I've pushed it to nearly 600. A worthy
successor to the "Beetle" name.
by Justiniandog on Sep 18, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
After getting used to the auto
tiptronic transmission I love the VW
New Beetle TDI. Smooth, powerful, and
fuel efficient. With all the traveling
I do, I fill the tank every 7=8 days
and that's not a complete refill mind
you. Love it...its a keeper.
For 2004, the New Beetle is no longer available in GLX trim. There's an improved TDI engine and restyled 16- and 17-inch wheels. Turbo S models get uniquely styled 17-inch wheels as a late-year addition. New safety features include head curtain airbags and upgraded head restraints. The Monsoon audio system is now standard on the GLS and new GDL headlights are optional. Later in the model year a fixed rear spoiler will replace the power-operated unit and a CD player with MP3 capability will be added. Convertibles get new exterior colors and color combinations. All Beetles get a new fuel cap warning light this year. TDI models can be equipped with a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), which is a six-speed manual transmission with electronic control of the clutch and gearshifting. It can be operated in full automatic mode, like a traditional automatic, or shifted manually like a Tiptronic.