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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Reviews

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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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LEMON BEETLE
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By dilyse
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought this cute bug 6 years ago for my daughter.
Has been in the shop more times than I can count.
I've always had it serviced right on time either at a dealer or by a VW specialist and still have tons of problems.

Main ones:
- SUNROOF LEAKS - ruined interior!
Have taken it to
a VW dealer 4 times and an independent specialist once.
Still leaks.
Really bad design!
- POWER WINDOW MOTOR - Replaced
- Misc Buttons - pop off.

Design is also really a 2-seater as the rear seats are virtually useless for anyone over 5 feet tall.

My daughter wanted this based on looks alone.
At least this has been a great lesson for her.
NEXT TIME SHE'LL BUY QUALITY IN ADDITION TO LOOKS.

AVOID THE BUG!


Best Features

Looks. Very cute. Drives well for a small car. But very frustrating to own which outweighs those features.


Worst Features

Redesign the sunroof to eliminate leaks as it is a real problem.


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LOVE THIS LITTLE CAR
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By classyirish
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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I am a PROUD new owner of a used 2004 VW New Beetle convertable.
I LOVE IT!
So far so good.
I have 'dressed' her up with lashes and lipstick, she is fast, smooth, comfortable, roomy, and so very nice to look at.
I have read the reviews about this cute car, and I see that a few have had issues, maybe the issues have been taken care of before I bought it, I did have to take her in as the check engine light was on, they fixed it, and she is running smooth.
there also was a severed wire under the driver seat, fixed that and now the airbag light is off.
I hope to keep her a good 10 to 15 years, and trade her up for another.


Best Features

cup holder, leg room, head room, convertable


Worst Features

better places to rest ones arms on long trips.


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Happy Bug
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By dave341
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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After 6 years and 65,000 miles we still love the car. Great fun in the summer with the top down. No mechanical problems yet, a trouble free experience.


Best Features

Convertible top. Reliability has been great. Has lots of personality.


Worst Features

A diesel option would have been great.


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Why this is my last VW purchase
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By finalstraw
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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After owning many VW's and with a lifetime of great memories I've got to accept the fact that VW's have never been reliable and I've spent waaay too much time and waaaay too much money for those memories. The final straw happened today; I received a Warranty Extension notice in the mail about the transmission valve body in my convertible. WOW!...VW finally admitted there has been a problem and they were going to fix it. WRONG! I was out of the warranty window by 2 months - but they could repair it for $2-3k! VW lost me forever. I wish I could recapture the time that I've wasted fooling with VW's. Unless you want to spend a chunk of your life hanging out in garages with mechanics - stay away!


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