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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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I Love Beetles
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By Nancy
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I really enjoy this car. I was hesitant at first to get one, but now am so glad I did! It is great on gas, fun to drive, and very comfortable. There is much more room inside than one would expect in a small car. I have the 1.8 turbo. It is a great performer and so fun to drive. It handles really well. I would highly recommend this car to anyone looking for better gas mileage without sacrificing fun and performance.


Best Features

This car is fun, has an ergonomic interior design, along with cute rounded exterior styling and a choice of bright summer colors. It has a great sound system and performance, too.


Worst Features

I can't think of a thing. It's perfect as is.


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I love this car
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By Holly
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This is the best car ever and even if I could have any car in the world I would still want this one!


Best Features

I really like the flower vase. I think it gives the car its charm.


Worst Features

It should have a little more power.


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Maintenance is too High!
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By jt
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

The car is beautiful and drives
beautifully, however the cost of simple
things like brake jobs is too high and
it is always a battle to get "Warranty"
work done. The dealership claims that
simple brake pads cost me $172.00 just
for the pads for the front of the car.
I was quoted over $400.00 just to
replace the pads for the front of the
car. I think that is inappropriate for
a supposed economy car. Read below as
well about the two times I have been
stranded.


Best Features

The car is just plain fun to drive.


Worst Features

There is some problem with the switch that lets the transmission know that the brake is engaged so that the car can be shifted into drive. Twice I have been stranded in the middle of no where with a car that would not go into drive and had to have a very expensive towing and took a week to fix!


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awesome car
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By babyblu766896
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

I bought a new Beetle as a gift for myself and i really love my car. Its peppy around town and gives me great mileage. I do have some gripes though (interior lighting) and automatic transmission. There are a few other gripes but they arent that serious. I do love the handling and the visibility at nighttime. Overall I love my car but i dont think i would buy one again.


Best Features

I love the engine (turbo. I also love the styling, looks, moonroof, leather, heated seats, key fob( it looks really cool) and all the options it comes with.


Worst Features

I dislike the automatic transmission( it works to slow with my driving style) there are practically no lights on in the car, NO TRUNK SPACE, so this makes it a non vacation car!=


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I would not recommend this car.
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By SAM#
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

This car to me is very much not worth
the money. There are way too many
problems with the car as you can read on
the other forums here in edmunds. I
have had mine for four months and
overall am not happy with it. The
automatic transmission is not good at
all - horrible shifting at all the wrong
times. Cruise control is the worst I've
used on any car. At cruseing speed the
engine whines at a most annoying pitch
also. MANY problems with the Beetle and
check engine lights, airbag lights,
power windows not working correctly,
motors on the hatch not working with
many other problems. This is not a one
car problem, so watch what you buy.


Best Features

I do like the ABS, it works very well so far and yes, I have had to use it - twice! The factory MP3 playing CD player is also good for my use. Handling of the car and no major rattling of the interior.


Worst Features

FIX the cruise and the automatic transmission! Also quality control must be very bad for so many cars back to thier delarship withen two months of purchase. I used to like VWs but now I'm too scared to try again.


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