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Dream Car, Turned Nightmare!
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By chiquitadog1
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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This was my mom's dream car, but it has been nothing but a nightmare! The electrical is always goofy, fast blinker, check engine light always on & 6 months after buying, driver's side window won't go down and come back up to the hood seal automatically - a problem I've heard about from every convertible owner. Another problem I've heard from every Beetle owner, the water pump either breaks or leaks. The transmission is this cars biggest downfall. After owning it for 1.5 years the transmission would get very touchy, stuck in gear, hard shifting, funny sounds, esp in stop & go traffic or when trying to go after coming to a stop. Finally went completely out while after stopping at a red light.


Best Features

This is such a cool car and so much fun to drive, especially the convertible model. But if your dream is to own a Beetle convertible, make sure that dream includes constant and expensive maintenance and repairs that will far out weigh the value of the car.


Worst Features

Better transmission, water pump and electrical wiring.


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Worst Mistake Of My Life
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By design_o_mite
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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Within three days of buying a 2004 Beetle convertible from a used dealer for $8,600 (incl CA sales tax and dealer fees), it became obvious the tranny had issues. (88K miles on the car.) Less than 2 months later, I've replaced the transmission, and axle, the triptronic...to the tune of $6500. I'm not into this car 15K and every week, something new (engine valve) keeps popping up. The dealer had to have known--the car didn't "know" what gear it was in the first time I took it on the highway. It only made it the 5 miles home after purchase uneventful. I've now maxed out my credit cards and even w/ the new tranny, the car is STILL shifting choppily!


Best Features

It's cute. What a facade.


Worst Features

RECALLS! No car under 100K miles should need a new tranny and this much work. This car has so many known issues (tranny, valve body, headlights, convertible top, windows, computer, interior features falling apart...)that VW should be ashamed of themselves. People who like Beetles are creative types- people who want to be different, and now we are being punished for attempting individuality. It's sad. This car has effectively cleaned out my bank account, maxed out my cards, sent my stress level through the roof...and there is no end in sight, as just yesterday, the engine valve code came up after the car jerked. I hope this car makes a good house, cuz I'm gonna need to live it!


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Worst VW I've Owned (out of 3)
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By dsmark
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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Without a doubt this is the worst VW I have owned. Had a 71 Bug in high school and I would rather have that car back then this 2004. We bought this car in 2006 for my wife, she loved the red/black coloring, and the convertible top. Since buying the car we have replaced the water pump 3 times, drivers side headlight keeps going out, convertable top was vandalized (not VW's fault) the power windows dont auto close correctly. Its just one problem after another...I will never buy another VW


Best Features

During the summer when the car runs well, she loved driving with the top down


Worst Features

Overall just poor quality...


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Traded in my BMW for this
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By andydrew86
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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I've been used to luxury and honestly this VW is not bad. Asian cars are always skimpy on features, and performance. German cars are just as reliable, have tons of technology in them, but do cost way more to maintain. I got it with 78K and put 10K more. I have had no problems at all. The Turbo is so FUN. I Guess it depends where you buy your car from. I got mine from Carmax, I would definitely recommend them. BTW the stereo is GREAT, it seriously rivals the one I had in the BMW 745. I have the optional 17" wheels and sport suspension. This car is SO FUN TO DRIVE, and doesn't put me to sleep like the BMW


Best Features

Power convertible top is quick and easy. Sport suspension makes driving fun. Turbocharged engine adds so much more power. Love the sound of the turbo! Seats are so comfy, especially if you are a male. (They don't squeeze your jewels) Traction Control, 10-Speaker Monsoon Stereo One-Touch button that controls all the windows. Love the look of the car, even though it's not exactly macho. Great build quality, better than expected. Easy to get into back seats. Constantly surprised at how much I can fit in the trunk.


Worst Features

Rear seat is cramped. Can't see crap when you back up, I have to be VERY cautious and roll down all the windows when I do, because the convertible top makes seeing an approaching car while backing up impossible. If you own a soft top, do not engage in road rage, you will regret it, my mom has always warned me about that. But this car makes kids and other ppl smile anyhow.


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Poor Quality
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By mas16
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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Stay away - engineering and quality are very poor. I bought the car new for my daugher for a graduation present. With just over 50K miles we have had to rebuild the transmission and replace the cytelitic converter. Also had numorous annoying but slightly less major problems. My daughter had to stop usign the convertible top several years ago. The darn thing is too complicated and something breaks about every third time it was used. The scary thing is that every we encountered a problem I look on the VW forums and found that many other owners are experiencing the same problem.


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